While we place an important emphasis on counseling and relationships, we understand that academics are also a critical part of the boy’s future. Our program is designed to help get our students from “I can’t learn” to “I can’t wait to learn.” We provide unique educational opportunities including credit retrieval for students that have gotten behind in school.
When a young man arrives at Master’s Ranch, we gauge the student’s ability to tolerate standard learning methods. Each and every student is provided with an Individualized Student Success Plan while simultaneously the student’s transcripts and previous school records are used to build a plan for which classes are needed for completion of the ultimate academic goal of obtaining a high school diploma.
Master’s Ranch – West uses an online curriculum, allowing for students of all academic levels to be able to enter classes and work at their own pace. Teachers and instructors are available in the classroom to assist with any questions or technical help with the computers.
Currently, some of the students utilize the Apex Learning System (www.apexlearning.com). Others use Keystone Learning Systems. Students are kept pretty busy!
Apex Learning courses with instruction provided by Apex Learning teachers have been approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA*) as meeting the requirements for establishing the initial-eligibility certification status for high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college.
Formal tutors are available for those students in need of extra assistance and every staff member at Master’s Ranch – West is willing to help any student in those areas in which they have special knowledge, i.e. Math, English, Spanish, History, Biology, Health, etc. Name a subject, and there is someone at Master’s Ranch who knows it!
Master’s Ranch also provides students with many vocational programs, as well as credits for Art and Physical Education. Our vocational programs include – Wood Shop and Carpentry, Animal Sciences (Equine and Bovine), Facilities/Maintenance and Cooking/Baking/Food Services.
These vocational opportunities are available to students that want to explore different vocational opportunities. These are non-credit bearing courses but are great for students that have difficulty focusing in the traditional classroom setting. These vocational opportunities provide the students with a unique opportunity to build a rapport with those that are passionate about their careers while learning new skills.
Students who do well in any of our programs are offered special privileges and duties as Student Leaders. As a student leader, they are asked to set an example and help other students achieve while in class and at home in the dormitories after hours. Special consideration is given to those students who are reaching their goals in school, such as a “game room” day on Friday, when the game room is open for play.
As mentioned earlier, grades and transcripts are obtained as soon as possible after arrival from the previous schools attended. Most times, these transcripts show a student who was, at one time, achieving at least the minimum required credits and then, suddenly, things changed to failing most classes. We strive to seamlessly transfer any credits previously earned and base placement in classes at Master’s Ranch on them. Master’s Ranch – West is a private school, but we follow the calendar year of the Prescott School District. We strive to “partner up” with local schools for team sports and extracurricular activities.