Cherry Gulch

  • Cherry Gulch is a ranch style therapeutic boarding school designed specifically for 10 to 14 year old boys. Some of our boys turn 15 while with us.
  • We are located on over 200 acres of beautiful land outside of Boise Idaho.
  • Our services are appropriate for boys with various difficulties including oppositional-defiance, ADHD, learning differences, low self-esteem, poor motivation, anger, family conflict, adoption, anxiety, depression and other behavioral and emotional problems.
  • Every experience is educational and therapeutic in a fun purposeful environment.
  • We strive to offer the most effective therapeutic strategies into daily life.
  • We offer at 10-15 hours of scheduled therapeutic services a week but much more therapy takes place as life unfolds as therapeutic moments arise.
  • Our goal is to provide early intervention and prevention to help these boys reach their full potential and to become well-rounded pro-social young men.
  • We are dedicated to providing outstanding academic and therapeutic services to students and their families in the context of a safe, supportive environment.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Grades OfferedGrades 4-10
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDsylexia, Dysgraphia, NVLD

Student Body

Total Students47 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
Students by GradeCherry Gulch Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size4 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,400
Tuition NotesAll inclusive for room and board, school, psychiatry, individual and family therapy, OT, Rec therapy, Equine assisted pyscho therapy
Admissions DirectorKrista Zimmerman

School Notes

  • Menu of Services: 
  • Yale's RULER approach for emotional literacy
  • Harvards Digital Literacy Program
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Executive Functioning for Teens
  • Self Regulation with Electronins 
  • Neuro-Feedback/BioFeedback
  • Brain Health and Choosing the Right Food
  • Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention
  • Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking
  • Greenleaf Institute's Servant Leadership 
  • Sean Covey's The Seven habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Arbinger Institutes The Anatomy of Peace and Core in Families
  • Anasazi's The Seven Paths
  • Carol Dwek's Mindset 

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The average private school tuition in Idaho is $5,069 for elementary schools and $6,757 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Idaho is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).