Ashcreek Ranch Academy

  • A Program Designed Specifically for Young Men Exciting Outdoor Experiences & Adventure, Strong Academics, and a Structured, Therapeutic Environment to Help Boys Become Young Men A Focus on the Needs of Boys Exciting Outdoor Adventure and Experiential Activities A Confidence-building Program that Reinforces a Strong Work Ethic and Accountability Equine Therapy Showing Students the Value of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication A Personalized, Academic Environment An Intensive, Comprehensive Therapeutic Approach that Utilizes Recent Research and Decades of Experience to Help Students Achieve Better Outcomes.

Top Placements

Ashcreek Ranch Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Utah for:

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD,

Student Body

Total Students19 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Ashcreek Ranch Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,500
Tuition NotesTuition is all-inclusive
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDarren Prince


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Softball, WeightliftingBasketballKayaking,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,

School Notes

  • A Program Designed Specifically for Young MenExciting Outdoor Experiences & Adventure, Strong Academics, and a Structured, Therapeutic Environment to Help Boys Become Young MenA Focus on the Needs of BoysExciting Outdoor Adventure and Experiential ActivitiesA Confidence-building Program that Reinforces a Strong Work Ethic and AccountabilityEquine Therapy Showing Students the Value of Verbal and Nonverbal CommunicationA Personalized, Academic EnvironmentAn Intensive, Comprehensive Therapeutic Approach that Utilizes Recent Research and Decades of Experience to Help Students Achieve Better Outcomes.We are fully accredited by AdvancED National Accreditation.The students of Ashcreek Ranch academy are presented with a college prep academic experience which prepares them to succeed when they return home.Small classroom sizes and an individual customized approach to maximize each student`s ability to learn. Classroom learning environment is designed to maximize learning especially for students with ADD/ADHD.Individualized InstructionARA focuses on each student`s current academic standing, his learning style, motivation, progression in therapy, confidence, and what might be happening in the student`s residential life.This comprehensive insight and our team approach helps inform how we help each student improve academically.In addition, our students participate in educational field trips to the amazing geological and scientific wonders of Southern Utah. Students are challenged every day to learn in both the traditional classroom setting, as well as through abundant opportunities both on and off campus.Our Academic ServicesSmall, Teacher Led InstructionTeacher-led classes Small class sizes Individualized learning styles supported for each studentPhysical fitness breaks between classes.Transcript recovery specialists.College/University acceptance for graduating seniors is at 95%ACT/SAT Preparation programs are additionally availableSpecial Education ServicesIndividualized for Each StudentReviews all psychological evaluations.Evaluates each student`s strengths and weaknesses and learning styles.Individualized learning plan for each student.Tests each student upon admissions in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.Follow up testing and evaluations to evaluate progress.One on one assistance for students requiring extra support.Additional Assistance & Credit RecoveryStudents in therapeutic boarding schools are frequently deficient in the necessary credits to graduate on time. While enrolled at ARA, students have an opportunity to participate in traditional classes, as well as our credit recovery and GPA repair programs.With this in mind, in addition to traditional classes and curriculum, ARA also utilizes highly interactive on-line courses. ARA has certified teachers and trained tutors to assist students in helping them catch up, and often get ahead, in their academics.Boys residential treatment center academic programresidential treatment center academicsAshcreek Ranch AcademyHigh School CurriculumEnglish Language Arts, American Literature, World Literature, Writing workshopMathematics Pre Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and CalculusSocial Studies World History, Geography, American History, American Government, Sociology, Economics, Child Development and PsychologyScience Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and PhysicsForeign Language SpanishFine Arts Painting, Drawing, Three-Dimensional Design, Ceramics, Guitar, Key-boarding and Music MixingHealthPhysical Fitness Fitness training, SportsTherapy at Ashcreek Ranch AcademyWe Believe that Each Young Man has Incredible PotentialAshcreek Ranch Academy treats each young man who is admitted to the program with dignity and respect while providing a safe environment in which to heal. Utilizing our substantial experience in working with adolescent boys, the Clinical Team of ARA has created an environment that fosters such respect.We believe that each student has incredible potential that is hampered by students struggles with anger, poor coping skills, disrespect, low self-confidence, and a lack of accountability.Ashcreek Ranch Academy specializes and is committed to giving each young man an opportunity to reclaim their true identities, create a fresh start and the tools necessary to maintain it over the long term.Building Relationships for Creating ChangeWhat makes ARA Therapy unique is that our therapists build relationships by working side-by-side each day with the students in their daily activities.Ashcreek RanchAcademy has created a nurturing environment that encourages personal growth and responsibility.The treatment services provided to each student will include the following:Bi-Weekly individual therapy with experienced master level licensed therapists.Weekly family therapy.Daily group therapy that addresses the following issues: depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, anger, substance use, academic struggles, grief and loss associated with death, divorce, adoption and attachment issues, trauma, and family and relationship challenges.Educational classes that will focus on life-skills that will sustain long-term recovery; i.e., relapse prevention, skills managing stress, developing spirituality, character development, understanding anger, developing effective communication skills, and exercise, etc.Utilizing equine therapy as a tool to address the psychological, emotional, and behavioral issuesFor individuals with addiction issues, weekly substance use groups, and meetingsRelapse prevention and education programsTransitional Aftercare programPsychiatric services on a regular basisQuarterly on-site parent-child workshopsOn-site nursing care on a weekly basisWe believe that each student has incredible potential that is hampered by students struggles with anger, poor coping skills, disrespect, low self-confidence, and a lack of accountability.Repairing and Rebuilding the Family DynamicAshcreek Ranch Academy realizes the struggling teenager`s impact on the entire family. It is therefore extremely important that the family be an active participant in the treatment process, ensuring long-term success. This will be accomplished by being involved in the following:Participating actively in family therapyParticipating in parent-child workshops where parents will learn practical skills to support the recovery process. The workshops will also be used to assist the family in creating a successful transition from treatment back into the home.Support Services AvailableParent CoachingHome StudiesAfter Care Services and PlanningRegular Family Social CallsOutdoor Focused Experiential TherapyGetting Out, Getting Active, Having Fun With a PurposeAshcreek Ranch Academy recreational activities are therapeutic in nature and enhance the overall treatment experience. Our recreation activities consists of experiential groups and recreational activities specifically designed for boys.Our Outdoor focus, Horsemanship, and superior academics, helps set us apart as one of the top programs for boys.Experiential groups are designed so that the community of boys must use cooperation and teamwork to gain success. Through planning, experiencing, and finally achieving success the boys learn by "doing".Participating in and processing these experiences allow the students to learn about the necessity of trust, responsibility, teamwork, and improved self-concept.The goal is to challenge each student and have them experience incremental success and to build personal insight and self-confidence.Southern Utah A Mountain Biking ParadiseReduces Stress, Increases Stamina, and Just Plain Fun!Bikes are just one of those things we all grow up with and never forget how to ride. In Southern Utah, there is no lack of top notch bike trails to explore and master. People come from all over the world just to experience some of the well known trails that are literally right in our back yard.Mountain biking is a favorite of the boys and something just about every boy can jump into even if he hasn`t ridden for a while, or been off road. As part of our experiential therapy activities, we find it also an outstanding activity not only for the health benefits and the fun, but also as a valuable therapeutic activity.Biking off road requires a set of new skills much different than traditional biking. As the boys begin tackling more and more demanding trails, they learn the value of understanding the limits and advantages of their equipment. In the beginning, the boys don`t want to bother learning the seemingly complex combinations of gears which would make it much easier to take on a steep hill and try to brute force it up the hill, not using the tools they have literally under their feet.After watching the others go slowly, but easily up the hill with the proper gears, while they are exhausted from brute force in the wrong gear, is one of those wonderful moments the therapist looks forward to when he can explain how that relates to their personal lives. We often want the victory now, or want the "shortcut" and ignore the resources and tools we already possess that would get us what we want if we used them. Welcome to experiential therapy!Rafting the Colorado River & the Grand CanyonAn Adventure of a Lifetime in the Grand CanyonAnother benefit of being smack-dab in the middle of three world famous national parks is the white-water rafting adventure right in our back yard.River rafting is a thrilling adventure that requires a lot of hard work and teamwork. It is enjoying miles of stunning scenery, history, wildlife, and geology sprinkled with a few crazy moments of white water rapids that require everyone`s attention and quick reaction to the river guide`s commands.After a lot of preparation, instruction and planning, our group sets into the water to begin the long journey down the Colorado River. Just floating along deep in the millennia old canyon is awe inspiring and causes us to feel a little insignificant in the world compared to our often chaotic lives in the "real world" at home.A long period of floating, rowing, and fun conversations and bonding, the sound of the roaring rapids come from downstream then into view as our guide shouts his commands to check equipment, stow your stuff, and get ready to row.The next two minutes seem like an eternity as we work together to position the raft to the left of the huge rapid we`re just about to go down. In minutes its all over and we look back up stream to what we just accomplished. We all feel alive, powerful, and insignificant at the same time. What a rush. At the end of the long journey and a welcomed meal on the sandy beach as the sun goes down, there`s nothing like the feeling of knowing what we`ve accomplished and the bonding we`ve felt among the whole group. Our therapists walk through the days events with the boys and relate the journeys lessons to our lives at home, our relationships, and our individual potential. This is what experiential therapy is all about. Our Annual Family Whitewater WeekendA Uniquely Fun, Exhilarating, and Bonding Weekend for Parents, Family & AlumniOur parent & alumni whitewater weekend is the most anticipated event of the year. We take a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon. This is a trip full of adventure, lazy river stretches, hiking to see ancient ruins, camping on a riverside beach under the black sky and dazzling stars, and of course the whitewater rapids.Additional Experiential Therapy ActivitiesEverything we do has a therapeutic purpose through Experiential TherapyIn addition to experiential groups our boys frequently engage in off-campus recreational activities. Our excursions give the boys a chance to draw closer to the beauty of nature, allowing time to meditate in the great outdoors. At different stages students may also participate in off-campus hikes, mountain biking, and adventures trips as well.These recreational activities are strategically used to help our boys experience healthy life choices that replace the previously negative activities they engaged in before treatment. Our goal is also help them find new things to do long after they graduate from our program.Example of outdoor adventures your child may participate in:fishinghikingwhite water raftingfield trips to migratory bird habitatsgeology tripssnow tubingice fishinglocal museumscamping tripsOff-campus sites we visit:Grand CanyonNavajo National MonumentZion National ParkCedar BreaksThe Red CliffsKolob MountainBryce Canyon National ParkThe Grand CanyonLake PowellAthletic Activities & Sports at Ashcreek RanchHealth, Fitness, Competition, and Team-BuildingAshcreek offers a comprehensive set of activities and sports that meet the specific needs of our students. Our individualized attention doesn`t end with therapy- we continually seek to add and improve our activity and sport offerings based on the interest of our students.Our activity and sports programs are built to help students advance athletically, get in shape, compete against themselves and others, create team camaraderie, and build confidence. Plus, it`s fun and often a great way to get off-campus and enjoy the surrounding area.Like everything we do at Ashcreek Ranch Academy, athletics and fitness also include our therapeutic component customized to enhance the students individual treatment plan. Our athletics and fitness programs are designed and conducted by our trained therapists, so these aren`t simply fun or "free time" activities they are integral to our holistic treatment program for boys.Equine therapy represents a fundamental part of our experiential therapy program at Ashcreek Ranch Academy. The central aim of equine therapy is to help our students create healthy relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Many times, the lack of understanding of the importance of "trust" and "respect" is the teen`s core issue. Therefore, "trust" and "respect" becomes the focal point of the therapeutic goal.

Profile last updated:

Nearby Private Schools

Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Toquerville
    Grades: 9-12 | 23 students
    0 miles
    652 N Shady Ln
    Toquerville, UT 84774
    0 9-12
  • Hurricane
    Grades: 7-12 | 58 students
    5.2 miles
    325 West 600 North
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    5.2 7-12
  • Hurricane
    Grades: 7-12 | 46 students
    5.9 miles
    65 N 1150 W
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    5.9 7-12
  • Hurricane
    Diamond Ranch Academy
    Alternative School
    Grades: 6-12 | 130 students
    6.9 miles
    1500 E 2700 S
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    6.9 6-12
  • Virgin
    Falcon Ridge Ranch
    All-girls  | Alternative School
    Grades: 6-12 | 22 students
    9.3 miles
    633 E Highway 9
    Virgin, UT 84779
    9.3 6-12

School Reviews

Outstanding experience overall. Exactly what our family needed to get our son back on track.
- Posted by

Endorse Ashcreek Ranch Academy. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
Most private schools have endowment funds. We explain how these work and why schools are fortunate to have them in tough times.
COVID-19 has turned education at every level upside-down, inside-out. We offer some steps to guide your planning for academic year 2020-21.
Teachers and parents are concerned about the teaching that will take place post-pandemic. I have tried to cover their concerns in the following set of questions and answers.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please briefly describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Utah is $8,640 for elementary schools and $13,987 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Utah is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).