Turn-About Ranch’s academic program consists of both a functioning middle and high school, each of which are fully accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission, AdvancED, and the Northwest Association.

Our academic program proudly offers academic credit for your child in the following areas:

  • Science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry)
  • English (English 7-12, Literature, Creative Writing)
  • Social Studies (U.S. History I & II, World History I & II, World Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Math (Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry)
  • Physical Education (Horsemanship Program, Hikes, Team Sports, etc.)

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In addition to providing all necessary educational requirements through our academic program, Turn-About Ranch also fosters a unique environment allowing students to reach their full potential by getting hands on with their learning through an assortment of different techniques, such as visual and auditory learning, development of interpersonal relationships and working in a natural environment.

This additional educational environment allows students to expand upon their capabilities and develop new, valuable skills.

We use our surrounding environment to get our students excited about learning through additional practices including visiting sites of geological interest, analyzing the water in nearby Pine Creek, studying the area’s cryptobiotic soil, and exploring fossil sites of dinosaurs.

teen boy looking through a microscope

While we utilize our natural surrounding environment to help promote both education and life skills in our students, our academic program also offers a number of vocational opportunities that encourage our students to develop their interests further and to help prepare our students for life after Turn-About Ranch.

We encourage participation in the vocational training, which focus on the Culinary Arts, Auto Mechanics, Building Trades, and learning about job and career opportunities related to construction.  Providing real-world applications to academic and vocational knowledge adds interest and understanding.

To ensure the specific and unique needs of every student is met, our academic director creates an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) based on information gathered from the student, their families, and their home school. If a student requires a particular class not offered in-house, we offer online courses for an additional fee.

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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

At TAR, doing real work, solving real problems daily was the game-changer... 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... 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 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 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 into helping the kids that are there... They gave us a ton of resources to make sure we keep the momentum and have a smooth transition back to home life... It was life changing for everyone of my family members that were involved.

- 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... I am beyond grateful that her journey led her to the people who are so gracious, patient, and brutally honest... 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...  this [program] does it right!  ...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

Turn-About Ranch

280 N 300 E.
Escalante, UT 84726
(800) 842-1165