This troubled teen boarding school is located in a scenic mountain valley in northern Utah near Bear Lake, a popular lake resort area. The school is about a 2 hour drive from Salt Lake City. The school is situated on a 2000 acre working ranch and serves children with behavioral and emotional problems between the ages of 7 and 14. The rural ranch setting provides a distraction-free environment where children learn old-fashioned values such as honesty, integrity, hard work, compassion, and accountability.
Youth are actively involved in ranch duties and will have the opportunity to experience calving, lambing as well as caring for cows, sheep, horses, goats, llamas, cats and dogs. The interaction with the animals gives the teens a sense of being both needed and loved.
As youth help with ranch chores they gain self-confidence as they acquire new skills and begin to develop a sense of achievement. Behavioral studies suggest that having a sense of achievement may be the foundation for a good life. Scientists say that individuals with high levels of motivation display characteristics that lead to success. In the long run, teens with this attribute may enjoy prosperous careers, long-lasting relationships, financial prosperity, freedom from debts, and have substantial savings accounts. In addition, achievement motivated people set arduous but obtainable long-term goals.
During the spring and fall, the youth are involved in “sheep trail” and have the experience of sleeping in the outdoors as they trail the sheep to and from summer pasture. All students also have the opportunity to learn to care for horses and can earn the privilege of riding horses through good behavior.
Academics involve a curriculum that both captivates and challenges students to new levels of excellence. Unlike many public schools, we do not advance students superficially nor accept a mediocre effort level from our students. The expectation for each student is to perform at their full capability. In addition to studying the core subjects, students are exposed to both literature and the arts. Emphasis is given to transferable skills such as reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing. Students are monitored on-site during school by certified teachers. During the summer, students also participate in music education, horsemanship courses, and other recreational learning activities. Physical education courses are held regularly as well and a full-size gym is available for year-round fitness activities.
Students are encouraged to work hard on their personal issues while in the program and as they do they can earn the opportunity to participate in special activities unique to the area including sledding, tubing, ice skating, and snow skiing in the winter and water skiing, swimming, and horseback riding in the summer.
Numerous opportunities are provided for students to recognize their own personal greatness and initiate the process of change from within, including personal development courses and character-building seminars. Students are held accountable for their actions and learn that they can control their own destiny through choice. Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the change process and are an integral part of the program’s success. Parent-child seminars assist to improve family communication and also encourage family reunification and the strengthening of relationships.
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