I have a very positive perspective of Wisdom Ranch straightforward to the point learning about taking responsibility and being accountable for decisions. While the school does not have a formal therapeutic program a parent may think desirable the real life learning that occurs here in a safe honest environment is beyond expectation. The trajectory will be unpredictable uneven and totally dependent on your son's needs for time and space to process and grow. TIme spent at the ranch is a critical factor so that the student will have a chance to internalize the values and work ethic evidenced at the ranch by the ranch & school directors teachers and mentors. My son graduated from Wisdom Ranch but has found the ranch to be a place he can come back to and work to "reground" himself. He has benefited from being treated with high expectations for honesty working hard and taking initiative. I have always found the school personnel to be responsive to my questions and have never felt "left in the dark"as one parent apparently did. The focus is on the relationship between the student and the ranch/school directors teachers and mentors. I had to step back so my son could grow.
Wisdom Ranch School is a private high school in Arco. 12 students attend Wisdom Ranch School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Wisdom Ranch School is 4:1. Butte County High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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My son recently completed high school at Wisdom Ranch. He certainly 'grew up' a great deal while at the Ranch and one of the best things is that he learned to own his life and take responsibility. At the same time there were many significant concerns. First the cost of the Ranch is quite disproportionate to the services you and your son will receive. Cost is comparable to an emotional growth school yet there is no formal therapy offered. Services are quite limited. Communication is also very difficult. There is no parent handbook nothing in writing to help you understand the philosophy of the Ranch and how it operates thus parents often feel left in the dark. This also makes it quite difficult for parents to 'be on the same page' and partner with the Ranch in what they are trying to accomplish with your son. Would hesitate to recommend.
My son just finished high school at WR and I have been very pleased with his experience. WR ranch is not for every troubled young man. In the beginning the fact that the structure I had expected never materialized was of significant concern. They really do place a huge amount of responsibility on your son rather than direct with a heavy hand. Coming out of the wilderness and all that structure my son was even thrown off. In the end though my son has done well and in some regards unbelievably well. He came in the middle of 11th grade but with no 11th grade credits. And he completed high school in seven months focusing on school in a way I had never witnessed and begins college in two weeks. That's is amazing all by itself. He has really grown up.
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