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?
"In a time of turmoil with our child and researching a facility, hands down we couldn’t have found a better place. A big part of our decision was made by talking to past parents."- Hopeful in Nebraska, May 2021
"TAR was wonderful for helping my daughter. Staff is great to the kids and she is getting the help she needs. While visiting at mid term I was very pleased with ranch staff was so great. And my daughter was so excited to show us around and meet everyone that works there. I got nothing but positive feedback from my daughter. Thank you turnabout ranch."- Rene Stepanian
"Absolutely recommend this program without a doubt. I was a frustrated mother at a breaking with a struggling teenager that hit rock bottom. Without this program in our life, I don't know if I would have ever seen his smiling face again. I can't say enough about the staff, counseling and program itself. Don't listen to the negativity with reviews, I didn't. It was a tough decision but thank God every day I trusted my gut and the program. I have my son back and yes it's a tough structured program but all in a good way, the way it needs to be. He needed a drastic measure and TAR exceeded my expectations. Worth every penny. Thank you!!!"- Amanda J. Miller
"TAR saved my daughter's life ~ She is now happy, very successful and I owe so much of that to them!"- Wendy Werner
"My daughter was at Turn About Ranch. This program not only saved her life but also United us as a family. It was the most humbling experience of my life and leaving her was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Getting her back - as she was before she got into trouble - was the most rewarding and amazing thing. It’s the end result that makes the process worth while. The staff was so wonderful. They made this experience easier to go through. Michelle and Lorie keep me posted on my daughters initial days then the weekly posting of her progress gave me strength. The staff made such an impression on my daughter that she wants to continue a relationship with them. Her therapist called weekly and never held back on setting her father and I straight. This program is not only for our children but for the entire family. Don’t hesitate! This program will work if all efforts are made by both the parents and child. Totally worth it. My daughter is now home and in private school and putting her life back together day by day. It’s a blessing to know Turn About Ranch is still there if we need them. Very happy mom in San Diego."- Julissa Hernandez