At Turn-About Ranch, we take traditional treatment models used to help troubled youth develop into effective individuals and combine them with something more unique – a real, working cattle ranch. While on the ranch, students learn about concepts like leadership, teamwork, accountability, and responsibility. They are also given the opportunity to utilize what they’re learning in a real-world environment.
Our principles allow us to positively impact the lives of each one of our students and their families. Due to our high standards, Turn-About Ranch has been set apart from other adolescent programs in the United States and we are continually striving to provide top-notch care as a result.
Through their work on the ranch, students reap many benefits from successfully completing tasks in the appropriate manner and handling the consequences of their actions .
At Turn-About Ranch, our students will experience the following:
They will work hard. During their time at Turn-About Ranch, students will work hard participating in projects with real value and benefit both themselves and their community. Students will develop a strong work ethic that applies to their everyday life. When a project is completed, our students can step back and realize how their contribution to the ranch has positively impacted the community as a whole.
They will be challenged to achieve. In many instances, our students will be challenged in ways that they did not feel they were capable of. When provided with the appropriate support from staff members, therapists, and teachers, students begin reaping success and the skills they need to develop their true potential.
They will be held accountable. We help students understand the importance of responsibility. We hold them accountable for any and all shortcomings during their treatment. Throughout the process, most students begin replicating the actions of their peers who are further along in the program. This often includes the development of a strong inner drive which can quickly become more powerful than any reward or consequence.
They will be given a physical outlet. Our students work hard while on the ranch and often exert themselves physically. This physical activity is balanced with the academic and emotional care we provide. We help them apply what they have learned on the ranch to a classroom setting. By putting acquired skills to work, our students build self-confidence that will help them for the rest of their lives—their family relationships, high school and college, and even future careers.
"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
"This place made me a successful human being."- Bo Farnsworth