Where is your program located?
Turn-About Ranch is located in Escalante, Utah, (a small ranching town along the Escalante River in south-central Utah). We are in the middle of some of the most beautiful and unique land in North America — a great environment for students to experience and learn from.
The ranch is located next to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and National Forest and is minutes away from Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and several state parks.
What type(s) of students is your program prepared to serve?
Turn-About Ranch is a year-round school that accepts students ages 13-17 who are struggling with a range of emotional and behavioral issues, including (but not limited to) depression, ADD/ADHD, substance abuse/addiction, defiance, rebellion, low self-esteem and poor academic performance.
For a more detailed look at who we are and are not prepared to treat. visit our student profile page.
Do any disorders or issues disqualify a student from enrolling in your school?
Students who meet any of the following criteria would not be appropriate for treatment at Turn-About Ranch:
How much will tuition cost?
We offer highly personalized services, tuition can depend upon a number of individual factors, including (but not necessarily limited to) anticipated length of stay and the nature and severity of the issues the child is struggling to overcome.
Our admissions advisers will be happy to work with you to develop a detailed financial picture based upon your family’s unique needs.
Does your school provide financing options?
Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. If you’re interested in determining if you would qualify for a private loan, we work with independent loan organizations. Loans can cover tuition, enrollment fees and miscellaneous expenses including transportation to and from the program. They feature multiple loan products with competitive rates, and a possible deferral of interest for up to 6 months with no prepayment penalties or cancellation fees.
Will my child be working with qualified and licensed professionals?
Absolutely! In addition to being supremely talented, dedicated, and experienced, the members of our academic, clinical and administrative teams hold a range of credentials, licenses and certifications.
Our residential treatment program has been providing help for troubled teens and their families for more than 20 years. We have master’s-level and bachelor’s-level counselors along with dedicated staff who have been specially trained to work with struggling youth in an innovative and dynamic therapeutic environment.
For more specific information about the professionals who make Turn-About Ranch such a powerful and effective program, visit our Staff page.
Is your program accredited?
Yes. We have been accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
How long will my child need to remain at Turn-About Ranch?
An average length of stay at Turn-About Ranch is 100 days—the ideal enrollment period for your child will vary depending upon a comprehensive assessment of their specific history, strengths, and needs.
How will Turn-About Ranch meet my child’s academic needs?
Our academic program consists of a functioning high school and middle school, both of which are fully accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. The educational program at Turn-About Ranch is individualized for each student and integrates real-life experiences into the curriculum. For a detailed look at how we help students succeed visit our Academics page.
What types of therapeutic/clinical support will my child receive?
Comprehensive therapeutic services at Turn-About Ranch are provided via a team approach that features daily therapy through the ranch environment. The dedicated members of our treatment team will work with your child (and you) via individual, group, and family therapy sessions, weekly parent calls, and conducting mid-term and graduation visits with families.
We also offer an innovative and highly effective equine therapy program.
What is a typical day like for Turn-About Ranch students?
Life on the ranch is highly structured, closely supervised, and challenging in the most beneficial and productive ways. Ranch students perform chores (we are an actual working ranch, after all), participate in therapeutic activities, complete academic work, and enjoy a range of outdoor activities.
Students learn to work together with peers and adults, work smart, and use time productively. They learn what it really means to be responsible, the importance of consistency, respect for life, and the impact they have on others.
How much involvement will I have in my child’s experience at your program?
Your involvement is essential to your child’s success. Our program encourages you to remain an active positive presence in your child’s life by communicating with your child’s therapist, letter-writing, etc.
In addition to regular reports from the school and weekly phone conversations with Turn-About Ranch therapists, you will also be able to stay connected with you child via our secure online Parent Portal program.
How do you prepare students (and families) for life after they leave your program?
We work closely with all students and parents to prepare detailed plans to support our students’ continued successes after they complete our program and return home. Transition planning begins the day your child arrives at the ranch, and involves a strong family component.
How can I learn more about your program?
My son was struggling and TAR helped him and gave him life skills. He is home now and doing amazing! Not to say there are always bumps in the road, but this facility is one that works.- Sandra Baker, August 2021
I highly recommend TAR. Their people and approach really do work. Trust the people and the process. My son had been to two quality programs consecutively before TAR. Before starting these programs, he was depressed, suicidal at times, and had oppositional defiant disorder. After 8 months of these programs, there was some progress but he was nowhere near ready to come home. At the other programs, he was resistant to buy in, resistant to change though 'wilderness' had more beneficial aspects than 'residential.' At TAR, doing real work, solving real problems daily was the game-changer. He wasn’t repeating a chemistry lab that had been done thousands of times with the expectation he must get the same answer as everyone always has. It was more, “we have to fix this fence” – experience helps, but so do creativity and hard work. And with a wide variety of teaching/coaching styles of staff, he came to appreciate the variability of people working for common goals in different ways. They addressed issues, such as non-productive or harmful interactions with peers or staff as they came up. The issues were real. And, they were addressed real time, not “wait until therapy at 3:30 on Thursday.” He grew and learned from these direct interactions and the lessons within them. The advice was consistent and persistent. The staff and therapists would prod my son to explore and explain his point of view and actions, while providing simple, basic guidance on better verbal, physical or thinking approaches. TAR provided time and reason for reflection and, over time, it had positive, beneficial impacts on my son. My son has learned how to express his feelings more frequently. He listens more carefully and expects to be listened to. He has come to understand the benefits and value of hard work. He is respectful. He understands himself better and has become engaged in setting goals for himself. My son had been on a negative trajectory for 2-3 years before beginning wilderness. Wilderness and residential therapy helped to stop the negative trajectory. TAR turned it into a positive trajectory. We have a long way to go. But we have more positives and more potential to move forward on a positive trajectory than we have had in many years. I believe TAR is responsible for the change in trajectory and I am very thankful and grateful that we were finally able to get him to this program. I did not think it was possible for him to come back home in 100 days. I was researching boarding schools as the likely best next future step. Instead, he is back home and we are all moving forward, not stuck in a rut or on a negative trajectory. He has a positive self-image, we are talking through issues and challenges, he is taking more initiative and responsibility than we have seen in years. He will re-start at our local high school in a few weeks. I firmly believe none of his would have happened without TAR.- Robi Robichaud, August 2021
We sent our son to Turn-About and I can't say enough good things about this program. The first time I spoke with them (it took us over a year to pull the trigger) they actually gave me some things that they thought I could do at home to possibly work through our issues and not have to use the program! I was immediately impressed that they were concerned with my son and not just selling an enrollment. My son learned so much there and loved all of the staff members. They put their hearts and souls in to helping the kids that are there. My son got caught up on all the school work he was failing at, matured unbelievably, learned valuable skills like horsemanship, welding, etc. He came home a whole different person. They also did a great job at coaching me and my ex wife on changes that we needed to make in ourselves / our parenting styles. And they gave us a ton of resources to make sure we keep the momentum and have a smooth transition back to home life. Again, I just can't say enough about this program. It was life changing for everyone of my family members that were involved (me, my ex wife, my son, and my daughters).- Anthony Detrick, July 2021
This place has made all the difference, and saved our 16 year old daughter’s life. Previous counseling, hospitalization, and medications did not work, and we were about to give up on her. She’s come out of this program strong, honest, and positive with herself, and future. The people employed at the ranch are caring, genuine, and simply put, one of a kind. Thank you, for giving us our daughter back.- P. Bell, July 2021
My 14 year old daughter graduated from Turn About Ranch about 2 months ago and is the best she has ever been. After 3 previous hospitalizations and years of working with different (highly qualified & experienced) therapists, the light bulb finally went off after a 120 day program at the ranch. She was transferred here after being sent to another program where she was discharged due to repeated problems and restraints. I probably never would’ve chosen this program knowing that she would be forced to live in a nearly wilderness type environment, and also that we would only be able to communicate by letters for the duration of her program… additionally, I wanted a program that spoke therapy, therapy, therapy and wouldn’t have thought a working cattle ranch would be the place for that, but I am beyond grateful that her journey led her to the people who are so gracious, patient, and brutally honest. (Also, insurance considered this a higher level of therapeutic care than the other program and therefore paid more). They were non-confrontational and gained her interest and trust by providing tools she needed. This is where the most effective therapy took place for her… where she learned to turn suggested tools/ideas/concepts into action and have her eyes opened to new better ways of shaping her perspective, relationships, communication, and living life by higher morals and values. We’ve had a few ups and downs since she’s been home, (mostly with moods and challenging rules, nothing major) but with the pre-discharge plans set in family therapy, continued therapy with a local counselor here at home and supportive community she is getting even stronger/independent and steering her ship on the trajectory she was able to establish in her time at TAR. I highly recommend them for a multitude of reasons… so from a mom who has seen other programs who try hard but miss the mark… this one does it right! And if all this wasn’t enough, my daughter loves them, misses them and wants to visit on her one year anniversary… but she doesn’t want to return as a resident either… it’s really brilliant!- AJ Trainer, July 2021