With incredibly small class sizes, one on one tutoring and a therapeutic learning environment, students with all abilities, including those with special needs, can thrive at DRA. Our model centers on the needs of each student supporting them with the accommodations and goals outlined in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). These documents serve as the foundation of our focus with each student. We have special education credentialed staff and other teachers who work with the students to help them meet their goals.

Our approach is to empower students. We give them the tools to be successful and require them to work hard to meet expectations.

Approved as a Non-Public School in California, Washington, and Illinois.

Coordinated services for students with special needs from across the United States.

The Diamond Ranch Academy approach to schooling is innovative and addresses many common schooling challenges. DRA employs a self-paced mastery learning model for skill acquisition. This allows students to learn at their pace unfettered by the requirements of a teacher or classroom and the expectation is mastery. Skills that come later will be acquired more easily because mastery is expected at each step along the way. The focus is learning how to learn and assisting students on an individual basis.

In addition to skill acquisition, students work in small groups (5-8 students) to develop skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, critiquing, character development, and citizenship. The smaller groups allow students to interact closely with the teacher to receive needed support.


    Special Education Staff

    • Jerome Eason, ACMHC, CASUDC
      Academic Personnel Director
    • Reeve Knighton, M. Ed.
      Director of Academics & Special Education
    • Deborah Skouson, M.Ed.
      Special Education Teacher
    • Michelle Swenson, M.S.Ed.
      Special Education Teacher
    • Derek Stransky
      Special Education Teacher
    • Ashley Riddle
      English Teacher/Special Education Teacher
    • Brandon Lewis
      Special Education Paraprofessional
    • Megan Hanks
      ACT/Academic Tutor
    • Maurie Simons
      Parent Communications Director
    • Tyler Wright
      Parent Communications Director
    • Trever Thompson
      Parent Communications Director
    • Thomas Timoteo
      Parent Communication Director
    • Marcel Harkey
      Parent Communication Director
    • Ephraim Hanks
      Clinical Specialist/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW, LMFT
    • Kade Mathews
      Clinical Director/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
    • Brent Holm
      Therapist, MSW, LCSW
    • Jared Jensen
      Therapist, LMFT
    • Cassie Robinson
      Therapist, LMFT
    • Jerome Eason
      Therapist, ACMHC, CASUDC
    • Stuart Squires
      Therapist, LSCW
    • Paubla Thomson
      Therapist, CSW
    • Jonathon Parker
      Therapist/ Equine Therapist, MSW, LCSW
    • Brent Black
      Therapist, LMFT
    • Shannon Callahan
      Therapist, CSW
    • Josh Larsen
      Therapist, ACMHC, LSUDC
    • Jill Call
      Therapist, LMFT
    • Stephen Beck
      Therapist, CSW
    • Sage Callahan, M.Ed., CSW
    • Brooks Wiley
      Assistant Medical Director, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C