A core belief of Diamond Ranch Academy is that struggling teens have simply reversed many of life’s principles of successful living by accepting society’s trend to justify and minimize personal behavior.
To counter this trend, we believe personal accountability and responsibility are vital principles for a foundation of successful living. It is out of this belief that an incredibly simple and effective program was created.
This program integrates and reinforces individual accountability in all aspects of student life.
All six Diamond Ranch Academy programs are individually licensed in the
state of Utah under The Department of Human Services. Programs are separated by age and gender.
Programs are licensed on an annual basis with periodic visits from a Licensing Specialist.
Diamond Ranch Academy is in compliance with Core and Categorical Rules of treatment that govern our program and facility.
The Real Life Transition Program™ incorporates a sophisticated therapeutic milieu using a well refined “token economy”.
This includes a peer-participant judicial system complete with citations, fines, and appeals. In addition, money earned by the youth is proportional to their academic performance which can be indicative of real life.
Students learn the value of money management, budgeting, work ethic, problem solving, and independence which cultivates self-worth and confidence.
Part of the Diamond Ranch Academy experience involves the development of a strong work ethic.
Work ethic is fostered by personal responsibilities which include hygiene, laundry, clothing inventory, and maintaining individual living areas. As students progress through the program levels, they are entrusted to take on additional responsibilities.
Student jobs generally include Judge, Photographer, Kitchen Assistant, Librarian, Gardener, Animal Care Taker, and others.
Students learn to prioritize and balance school, work, and leisure activities within the structured daily schedule.
As students participate in various daily activities, each youth has the opportunity to earn wages commensurate to their academic performance. They learn the value of money management, work ethic, and independence. Without using tokens or money, the students track their earnings with an actual checkbook register.
In conjunction with the Token Economy, students take part in a peer-participant judicial system, complete with citations, fines, and appeals. Students have the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to experience, first hand, the consequences of choices and the principles of accountability.
Each step is carefully designed to help students realize their responsibility to themselves, peers, and community.
Work projects are a result of excessive fines at court and are used to reinforce individual accountability and responsibility.
These work projects
allow students to pay their fines and still continue to earn positive
income, thus allowing participation in scheduled benefits, activities,
and service projects.
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