Wisdom Ranch School is an alternative experiential school for
boys aged 15 and older who are in need of academic success and
personal growth. The school combines academics, personal growth,
outdoor adventure, and ranch living into a unique and memorable
At Wisdom Ranch, students become more aware of the importance
of academics by understanding its application to everyday life.
Economics, business, biology, ecology, history, and government
are taught through the medium of ranch life and hands-on experience.
This flexible academic program is fully accredited by the State
of Idaho and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Wisdom Ranch collects information from the student, the family,
the previous school, and the referring professional, to create
a focused academic plan allowing students to catch up to their
grade level, focus on specific subjects that challenge them, and/or
achieve a high school diploma. A partnership with the College of
Southern Idaho allows qualified students to earn college credit
in specific areas.
Small family units of up to ten students and three staff live
in yurts on the ranch. In this arena, students learn to balance
the achievement of personal goals with the development and maintenance
of important relationships. The yurts are self-sufficient with
solar electricity, spring-fed water, wood burning stoves, and home
cooked meals purchased and prepared by the students. The rustic
environment of the yurt is structured so that students become familiar
with and learn to manage all of their personal and group needs.
Daily living includes ranch work, academics, group interaction,
and recreation. In order to enter the yurt community, a student
needs to participate in an Adventure Interview that can last up
to 12 days and is intended to assist the student with establishing
personal goals to take into the yurt community. Adventure activities
may include rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, backpacking,
cross-country skiing, and river travel.
Also at the Ranch are opportunities to develop many professional
skills. Students are exposed to auto mechanics, welding, carpentry,
and metalworking. Intensive training in any of these areas is available
as each student identifies his passions.