This school is amazing. It's filled with people that treat your child with love and support (and as if she was their own child) and a curriculum that is truly life changing. We sent our daughter there as a last hope -- we didn't know what else to do. It was by far the hardest decision we have ever made and one that we have never regretted since day one. Our daughter has since graduated the program and is now full of confidence and determination to succeed. She has made friends that will last a lifetime. DRA saved our daughter and our family. We will forever be eternally grateful to the wonderful team, therapist and parent coordinator that helped her find her way!
Review by GatorMedia3 months ago
This school was a complete game changer for my son. My wife and I are so grateful for the progress he has made here and for the successful life that he has ahead of him.
Review by Rozamund Zangox3 months ago
I wanted to give you an update on my son...he graduated high school with honors, is easy to live with, has been responsible, and has held a job for the past four months! His relationship with me and his sister has improved, he's registered for college classes, and will take his meds without a fight. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all you have done for him and our family; looks like you have another success story!
Review by Twlight4 months ago
I attended this facility a few years ago and will forever be grateful for everything they did for me. The staff truly cares about the students and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that all the students are successful and to form personal relationships with them. So glad to have been a part of this organization and I hope they continue to help others in the future.
Review by Golid4 months ago
Diamond Ranch is a unique school dedicated to helping students change their lives. My husband and I sent our daughter here during high school and it helped her immensely. So grateful for this amazing organization!
Review by Wiraporn4 months ago
I credit my son's success in college and early adulthood to Diamond Ranch Academy. He was a stubborn and disrespectful kid who grew up into a healthy and well-adjusted young man.
Review by Salmanr4 months ago
Great organization with great people. It's obvious how dedicated the staff members are to helping students, and they make a real difference in the students' lives. Keep up the great work.
Review by Ivanlino4 months ago
I wanted to write to thank each and everyone of you for every thing that you have done and are continuing to do for my son in his 6 months at DRA. I'm amazed at how well he's doing; when we were able to visit him, he was even offering his younger brother and sister advice! That's completely new for him. He was also willing to discuss just about everything with me, including his past to his future plans. I have never seen the maturity that he possesses from his journey at DRA. He is at DRA for him, not me, and that is very clear. Thank you all for a being a part of his life; I believe he will be a successful thanks to all of your support.
Review by Modisana4 months ago
My son has found a job and we could not be more pleased as far as his general behavior since he has been home. He continues to be much more responsible and thinking before he acts. This does not come naturally to him and is a welcomed change. I am finding it hard to put into words how happy we are with what we see now in our son. I no longer get "that feeling" when he leaves the house; he has changed beyond our wildest dreams. He is not perfect but compared to what we had last year it is a pure joy. I just can't thank the staff at DRA enough. I am thankful daily for Diamond Ranch Academy and all that it has done for my family.
Review by MyCare4 months ago
I have always been very close to my son, but throughout his teenage years he had some issues. We decided to send him to Diamond Ranch and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of our lives. The teachers understood he wanted to learn academically and also to be a good kid, but that when he got frustrated, he acted out and got into trouble. The caring staff at Diamond Ranch put him on the right track and made an effort to understand him. He learned that he couldn't use this behavior to get away with things and that this behavior wouldn't get him out of school like it had at his last school. We recently visited him at Diamond Ranch and you could see a difference in him; he seems to be enjoying his time and is getting along terrific with the students and staff! He's even considering joining the drama program. Overall, Diamond ranch has made such a big difference in his life and I can't wait to see more growth and success from him.
Review by Pyare5 months ago
Diamond Ranch Academy has helped my daughter immensely. She struggled with addiction and depression as a young teenager and Diamond Ranch helped her turn her life around. My husband and I are eternally grateful to the amazing and dedicated staff at DRA for giving our daughter a second chance and helping her surpass her issues and become a successful adult.
Review by Paklad Layber5 months ago
I am so indebted to you and DRA. You were a guiding light through a very tough decision. Thank you. Son is doing great so far. Not without challenges. But on the high honor roll. Thank you again.
Review by Moler5 months ago
Diamond Ranch is a wonderful place to help your teen get back on track academically and/or with life. It is structured more like a boarding school rather than a traditional treatment center. The students wear their own clothes, they play on sports teams, they still go to the movies and eat out on the weekends. They are able to get the help they need therapeutically without missing out on being a teenager. As a mother with two children, I pray that I would have the strength to send my child away to get help if needed. Knowing that there are places like Diamond Ranch out there makes that decision a little easier. The faculty and staff are loving and attentive and care for the students even years after they have graduated. They work hard to make sure that your child is well taken care of and watched over. Truly such a wonderful school and a positive environment filled with good good people.
Review by Geradi5 months ago
Our son's troubles were rooted in depression and anxiety. Although he is a very intelligent young man and a very gifted athlete, he had a tremendous lack of self-esteem. These troubles were furthered by how he chose to cope with these issues. He became a poor student and he was combative at home and amongst his peers. He was withdrawing more and more every day and both day programs and in-patient therapy were not effective. He had turned to substance abuse, wouldn't attend school, and was getting into fights when he did go to school. At home, we could no longer keep him safe. His behavior was so combative and self-destructive that we were asked to remove him from the program as the counselors there were not prepared to be able to help him.
My wife and I wrestled with the devastating truth that we could not keep him safe at home and we had little time to decide what to do. This was when my wife and I both realized that we had independently come across the Diamond Ranch Academy website in our searches many times over the years. We understood the Diamond Ranch approach to be a very structured approach that was a longer program than any of the others we had reviewed. We were intrigued by the fact that DRA was a fully accredited high school and offered full team athletic programs. We knew that our son still truly enjoyed sports like football and wrestling. We were concerned that he was falling so far behind in his studies that he may not ever care to even graduate high school, much less go on to college.
When I visited DRA for the first time, I knew we had found the right place for our son. I will never forget the young men attending DRA who freely spoke with me about their experiences at DRA. I remember being hopeful (for the first time in a long time) that my son could one day show the discipline, respect, poise and confidence that these young men were able to demonstrate. Although my son was only beginning his junior year in high school, I felt encouraged that he could achieve his diploma and graduate from high school at DRA. The self-paced study approach suited him very well and he soon began to have some successes in school and was finishing some coursework with very good grades.
His days at DRA were not without challenges and even some setbacks. We had wonderful family visits off campus. But, he struggled somewhat with the home visits. He had fulfilled all of the program requirements and was finishing his junior year academic credits when he made his graduate visit home. Somehow he knew he was not quite ready to come home for good. We were making plans for him to come home and re-join his high school back home for his senior year. He showed great maturity in discussing with us the option that we were offering him to stay at DRA to finish high school and did end up choosing to stay.
Today he is working hard at his full-time job and continues to receive counseling. He enjoys the time he is spending with family. He likes to work hard and never misses work except for family vacations or time taken to visit his top college choices. He knows that he will soon be away again at school. We all know that he is ready. We hope and pray that others continue to find DRA and the assistance of some of the most wonderful people we have ever known. We will never forget all of you.
Review by Kamlecha5 months ago
I wish I could give this place more than five stars. It completely changed my son's life. Diamond Ranch, thank you so much!!
Review by Haciba5 months ago
I attended this facility for eight months. They did not treat my addiction whatsoever, did not allow me to do my schoolwork, forced us to pick tumbleweeds in the rain and snow until our hands bled, made me sleep on concrete floors, and constantly reassured all of us how we were pieces of $#*! along with the reminder that our parents truly resented us; not to mention the strip-searches in front of male employees (I am a female and was fifteen at the time). There is not a single fellow peer who attended this program with me that does not have some form of PTSD from this experience and a huge distrust with their parents and authority figures afterward. I am the only one that has attended college- which would not have been able to happen without years of expensive therapy to deal with the atrocious memories of this place. If your child is here and you have not received a negative letter or phone call from them, that is because they are not allowed to with fear of being thrown in RFI, kind of like the SHU is prisons. The Diaz family is a disgrace to the therapeutic boarding school reputation. Also, do your research! At least four children have died here from suicide.
Review by Cuor6 months ago
This school had a tremendous positive impact on my life since I left. I was a troubled, stubborn child and teenager and this place really helped me. The staff are amazing and even though you don't get a lot of appreciation you each are so helpful.
Review by Miscoshia Georgel6 months ago
Incredible and positive things happen at Diamond Ranch Academy and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work for such a great company. The people that work here genuinely want the very best for the youth and go above and beyond to support them through their journey here. DRA is unique from many other companies as there is a very positive environment here. I am proud to be a part of this great organization and feel that as staff, we are making a positive difference in each of the students' lives.
Review by Gozie6 months ago
Hope all is well with Diamond Ranch. May 25th will be the anniversary of my daughter graduating for a year. How time flies. She is doing very well, she has adjusted back to school and life in general. She has become a very responsible & a sweet young lady. Her grades are really good as a Junior and she's getting ready to choose her college, but most of all her attitude is amazing! What a difference from just two years ago. Every now & again my daughter will mention DRA and how it has changed her life. We are thankful each & every day for the job well done with her.
Review by Odie6 months ago
Definitely was the right decision, although tough, to send my child here. He's like a different person now. After he returned home, everyone in our family could see the positive differences in him and the progress he made during his time at Diamond Ranch. Thank you!
Review by Alistair Kelly7 months ago
I keep thinking about how blessed our family has been to have been able to have our child at DRA. I still can't believe the transformation I have seen in my child. In May of last year I dropped a defiant, angry, hurt, disrespectful and lost child with no self esteem off to DRA. The young woman that I picked up from the airport is positive, respectful, mature and a completely changed young woman.
Thank you for all you do! Thank you for carrying my hope for my daughter and handing it back to me!
Review by Hannahkling Devouge7 months ago
Before we made the decision to send our son to DRA, he was a completely different person. He was stubborn, bitter and angry, and never listened to us. He had been in and out of therapy but never had a formal diagnosis. He was doing poorly in school and was aggressive toward us and his siblings. The choice to send him to DRA was not an easy one, but it was necessary and was definitely for the better.
At first, he wanted no part of going to a boarding school or inpatient facility. It just made him more mad that we were sending him away. However, once he had spent some time there and adjusted, we began to see him making progress. He successfully completed the program and is now in his senior year, doing well in school, working, and even considering going to college! We never would have imagined that DRA would have such a significant impact on him. It has helped our entire family and has brought us closer together. Our son has become a well adjusted young man and I'm no longer stressed when I think about his future. We are so grateful to the DRA staff for their hard work and lasting change they have helped our son make.
Review by DonRayooKruege8 months ago
Diamond Ranch Academy is a great company to work for. What a unique opportunity it is to work for a company that is committed to improving the lives of youth and their families, as well as sharing day to day duties with the most upstanding, charactered co workers you could ever have the good fortune of working with. DRA is a special place with special people, doing special things.
Review by Yausen Fjastad10 months ago
This places "treatment method" is scare the kids so bad that they dont want to get CAUGHT doing the same stuff again(but still do it just more carefully). This place is the worst place or one of THE worst places you could ever send a struggling child. This place practices CONSTANT manipulation, social isolation, threating/ fear tactics, body exertion(by that I mean making little children between the ages of 8-18 do difficult military work outs every single day multiple times a day as punishment) OUTSIDE IN THE UTAH DESSERT HEAT!!!!!!!!! and more. Children here are stripped of all normal NORMAL child and HUMAN activities. They cannot draw what they want to draw, swear in any form EVER, listen to any music that they like, for the whole entire first month and a half they are not allowed to talk to their parents unless they write them a letter. THIS IS SO TRAUMATIZING to scared, stressed, angry, confused, and sad children. Living here is so toxic to children. This environment mixes children between the ages of 8-18, so they mix little children suffering with trauma, behavioral issues, and adhd, with 18/17 year old children who are there for sex addiction, drug addiction, aggression, violence, sexual abuse, ect, ALL LIVING TOGETHER. Girls are FIGHTING with eachother over boys who they don't even get to talk to because they are so desperate for normal interaction that a human needs and is designed for. IF you get CAught breaking any of the rules you will be SEVERYLEY PUNISHED. FORCED TO TAKE MEDICATION IF NEW MEDICATION IS PERSCRIBED(if you refuse they will put you in RFI until you agree to take medication). YOu will have to spend up to 30 days in RFI which is "jail". You are not allowed to talk to anyone(friends and other girls there.) You must eat alone, do nothing but school work all day long in silence, MUST do difficult military work outs for 2 hours at least in the dessert heat, MUST write at least 8-25 pages long about what you've done wrong(every single day that you are in RFI"jail"), be alone in your room, cannot listen to music, draw, watch tv or do anything NORMAl. This is NOT effective on children. This only makes them hate being in punishment so much that they get better at not getting caught, they don't actually teach change.
Review by Mr Sheremetiev11 months ago
Ok this place is full of lies and deceit. I don't want to get into any specific details, but I have a medical condition that can cause me too struggle with eating food, and I have been too over 23 different hospital countrywide attempting to get help. As I recall, it was 3:00 at night and I had went to bed 5 hours prior after returning from work. I was woken up by two men, with names not given standing by bed, instantly asking too get up and come with them. I asked, who are you? They said it did no matter, and I was dragged from my home crying, calling for my parents too ask what was going on, and no answer was heard.( I later find out that this is called "Gooing" which most of the children there had happened to them.)
I was told I was going too Utah to get help, and drove for almost 13 hours getting there. Once we had arrived, they had taken all of my belongings, my earrings, my coat, and even my shoes. I was given a set of vitals, weighing in at a very low number. (I would rather not share). After this I was instantly brought into this classroom full of students asking me, where I am from. And how old am I? Come too find out later, most of the students were asking too see if I could check myself out anytime soon as they highly advised too. I was an emotional wreck. The next red light for me, was in the morning when I asked too get my medicine. I have ADHD, and take a stimulant medication called vyvanse, which was taken from me directly which completely threw me off, and I was not even weaned off an 70 mg dose. It was just stripped right from me. I progressed throughout the program not understanding, and struggling to stay awake, passing out and vomiting constantly.
Eventually, these two men grabbed me forcefully and pulled me down into this attic area, where the cafeteria was. I was later told it was detention, and I asked what for? They said I was being disruptive, but in fact I was subsisting off of no food, vomiting constantly, and was barely present. All I wanted was too understand what this place was. This "Detention room" was cruel, they took your pants and shirts, and socks and put you in this very very very cold room, and some people end up staying there for weeks, too even months. Now too most kids, it was semi tolerable but too me, being very frail at the time I was incredibly cold, trying to sleep away the days from all of this, sitting my head on a desk. Eventually, I insisted that my blood was drawn as I began to worry I may be at risk of heart failure, due to electrolyte imbalance, which I had frequently suffered in the past. Due to malnutrition, and vomiting. 2 days went by and they finally drew my blood and it came back at a very very low number. In fact this potassium level, was the lowest I had been at and they finally transferred me to a "hospital".
To sum it all up, these people are not trained in helping people with ANY kind of medical problem, I had spent an additional 6 months going from hospital to hospital trying to get help. And finally received some adequate treatment. I am currently working on a lawsuit with my parents to get this facility on the right terms. Please please please, if your child has any kind of life threatening medical illness do not send them here, as you will not hear from them , for weeks and weeks. As the facility does not allow any phone calls whatsoever, for the first duration. OH and not too mention, not only that but I call the facility about once a week for my items to be returned, and they put me on hold and never call back. What. A. Joke.
Thank you if you read the duration of this, and I hope that you make the right decisions in your child's health and physical, and mental wellness.
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Diamond Ranch Academy is a premier youth residential treatment facility in Hurricane, UT. We specialize in helping both boys and girls, ages 12-18, who are struggling with making positive choices in their life. We also work with parents to help restore the family relationships that are the foundation of future success. At Diamond Ranch Academy we are "healing families, one youth at a time."