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Arivaca, Arizona
Ron Searle
Managing Partner

Originally founded in the 1870's, Arivaca Boys Ranch is a therapeutic boarding school and teen boy's ranch, situated in southern Arizona on 23,000 acres. This working ranch works with young men ages 13-17 years old who are struggling with academic issues and ADD/ADHD, ODD and conduct disorders, anger management, drug and alcohol abuse, negative peer relationships, depression and negative behaviors that may include lying, stealing and sneaking out of the house.

Managing partner at Arivaca Boys Ranch is Ron Searle who holds a masters degree in business and has worked over 26 years in youth education as an instructor and principal at private schools. D. Hyrum Wright is the Clinical Director who holds an EDS and a master's degree from Brigham Young. He is currently the director of the ASU Institute of Religion. Mike and Margaret Stroud are the ranch directors and live on the ranch while giving the boys a sense of stability and are the acting "mom and dad" at the ranch.

Arivica offers an accredited high school curriculum through Sequoia Choice Distance Learning, which is accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Academics include computer lab work, hands on lab work and classroom instruction in general academic subjects in addition to vocational training in welding, construction and agriculture.

In addition to individual, group and family therapies, the young men at Arivaca participate in equine therapy systematically doled out through their "five levels of therapy". Through this level system the boys learn the basics of caring and riding horses by staff trainers and wranglers to training their own 2-3 year old horse. At level five the boys are then eligible to participate in activities that include roundups, horse shows and community and ranch events. Twice yearly cattle drives are a highlight of the program, working on horseback with lariats, boys assist in the round up and branding of 300 young steers.

[This information came from the Arivaca Boys Ranch website.]


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