• September 14, 2021

    Congratulations to Hillcrest High School on being selected as an Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction! Less than two percent of schools in Alabama have received this high honor.

    The Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction recognizes school counseling programs that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. The application process is an all-inclusive collection of 15 components that align with the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Schools who earn the Program of Distinction designation will be eligible for RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program), which is awarded by ASCA as the highest national recognition for a school counseling program.

    To be selected as an Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction, counseling programs are evaluated on their vision for student outcomes, and the steps they take to reach the vision. Counseling programs are also evaluated on annual student outcome goals, which identify measurable impact on student achievement, attendance, or discipline. These goals guide implementation of school counseling activities and interventions, and promote the school counseling program’s vision and mission.

    The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education congratulated Hillcrest High School on this achievement at the September 13 board meeting. Hillcrest High School Counselor Mrs. Brandi Shanklin was present on behalf of Hillcrest High. TCSS Director of Accountability Mrs. Jackie Hudgins presented Mrs. Shanklin with a certificate, and Superintendent Dr. Keri Johnson gave her congratulations to Mrs. Shanklin and the Hillcrest High staff.

    Hillcrest High School counselors are Mrs. LaTonya Jemison, Mrs. Brandi Shanklin, and Mrs. Emily Woodroof.