Resolution Ranch Academy in Cameron, Texas (near Austin) is a place where addicted or at-risk boys age 13-17 can can solve their issues and gain a new perspective on life. Nature has a way of bringing us down to earth and rekindling meaningful introspection. Outdoor activities like fishing on the lake, hiking the trails, and horseback riding, help students reconnect with the world and the people in it.
On 500 acres of open ranch land, Resolution Ranch has an enrollment of approximately 32 students, with a 25 full-time staff. Boys benefit from seven of our staff members on his team—our licensed therapists, equine therapists, direct care workers, teachers, childcare administrators, and counselors work together to provide 24/7 supervision and support. This consistent interaction encourages camaraderie among students and staff, helping them achieve honest communication and meaningful progress.
Founded in 2004, by former NFL player Scott McGarrahan, Resolution Ranch Academy is a therapeutic boarding school that helps teenage boys struggling with behavioral issues, life failure, or addiction. Boys get back on track toward a brighter future. For an average of six to nine months, students experience a positive, nurturing environment focused on guiding personal growth through responsibility, gratitude and open communication.
Resolution Ranch clinical therapists are specialists in treating boys who are headed for trouble. To help foster trust and collaboration between each boy and his therapist, our approach focuses on open, honest communication in a supportive and nurturing setting. During your son’s stay here, his day will be structured around multiple types of therapeutic services, including Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy.
THE R.A.N.C.H. PROCESS HELPS TEEN BOYS THRIVE
As boys progress through the program, they make their way through the five levels of growth that make up our effective R.A.N.C.H. system: Recovery and Academics through Nature, Counseling, and Healing. Our philosophy is based on a commitment to personal growth through the teaching of values, responsibility, and respect. We employ this philosophy in every aspect of our program, which combines Equine Therapy, Clinical Therapy, and Academics in a therapeutic boarding school setting.
Resolution Ranch offers a nurturing environment where teenage boys can find unconditional support, and guidance. If your child is suffering from behavior issues, addiction, depression or is making choices that cause harm to himself or others, we are here to help.
We Work with Boys Who are Experiencing:
- Oppositional defiant disorders (ODD)
- Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD and ADHD)
- Mild Autism Spectrum
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Depression or anxiety
- Drug use or addiction
- Entitlement issues and irresponsibility
- Lack of respect or hostility towards family or authority
- Skipping school or failing grades
- Lack of motivation
- Low self-esteem, withdrawal
- Falling with the wrong crowd
- Unmanageable behavior
- Online or video game addictions
During downtime and weekends, students kick back and play all kinds of sports, work out in our Strength and Conditioning center, fish, hike, ride horses, and take off-site trips.
Resolution Ranch is accredited through SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which uses an Index of Education Quality to measure overall performance based on a comprehensive set of indicators and evaluative criteria. The overall and domain scores range from 100-400. Resolution Ranch is proud to have attained an Overall Score Average of 325.00—well above the average Overall Score of 282.79—and a Leadership Capacity Score of 340.00. .
We are also accredited by AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world. A non-profit, non-partisan organization, it conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation.
Students attend school for a minimum of 20 hours per week with an extra five hours of instruction available as needed. Your son’s curriculum is tailored to his grade level and customized to address any issues (such as ADHD, problems with authority, depression, etc.), that may be hindering his academic progress. To ensure students get the individualized attention they need, our classes are offered in a small setting. All our courses are fully transferrable to any public, private or boarding school in the U.S., so students won’t fall behind.
A Character-Building Program
Helping others, embracing responsibility, and communicating are all important components to the Resolution Ranch program. We believe being good to others is essential to building character and self-worth. When a student takes responsibility for himself and for helping someone besides himself, he learns the value of humility, gratitude, and compassion.
Twice a week, your son will participate in two Life Space Interviews with his Direct Care Worker. These mentoring sessions are a way for us discuss and assess anything your son may be feeling or going through, both personally and within the community. Life Space Interview reports are written after every interview and sent to the therapist. Your child’s Direct Care Worker and Therapist are constantly working together to keep informed of his progress.
READY TO GIVE YOUR TROUBLED BOY A NEW START?
If you would like to learn more about Resolution Ranch Academy, contact us today.