Diamond Ranch Academy

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The football field at Diamond Ranch Academy

The Diamond Ranch Academy is a residential treatment center and therapeutic boarding school in Hurricane, Utah. It serves adolescents with various issues, including ADHD predominantly inattentive,[1][2] using what they call the "Real Life Transition Program", which includes a peer participant judicial system which uses citations, fines, and an appeal process,[3] with an emphasis on the participants solving real life problems. It enrolls young people between 12 and 18 years of age.

Diamond Ranch Academy was founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1999 by Rob Dias and later moved to southern Utah,[4] where it occupied a 200-acre (81 ha) ranch.[5][6][7] Enrollees aged 12 to 17 were housed in age- and gender-specific groups on four separate areas of the ranch.[5][6][7] Students who had reached the age of 18 before completing the program were housed in a fifth area.[7] In 2012, a new campus was opened at a site about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Hurricane.[8]

The academy's motto is "Healing Families, One Youth at a Time." Its education programs are accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and its courses generally last between eight and twelve months. Activities include various sports, including interscholastic competition, as well as caring for farm animals.[7]

In 2013, there were news media reports that Paris Jackson, daughter of singer Michael Jackson, was being placed at Diamond Ranch Academy.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Diamond Ranch Academy
  2. ^ "Home - Diamond Ranch Academy". Diamond Ranch Academy. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  3. ^ The Real Life Transition Program
  4. ^ News, Idaho Falls (2017-07-31). "Diamond Ranch Academy Review". Idaho Falls Spokesperson. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  5. ^ a b DIAMOND RANCH ACADEMY New Perspectives, Woodbury Reports website, July 30, 2004
  6. ^ a b Diamond Ranch Academy Tuition, Financing & Tax Deductions
  7. ^ a b c d Judith E. Bessette, Visit Report: Diamond Ranch Academy, Woodbury Reports website, April 28, 2010
  8. ^ https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2012/11/28/morgan-diamond-ranch-academy-teen-treatment-facility-opens-new-hurricane-campus/
  9. ^ Mohan, Keerthi (July 8, 2013). "Paris Jackson To Be Enrolled In Utah's Diamond Ranch Academy, A School For Troubled Teens, After She Checks Out Of Hospital Following Suicide Bid". International Business Times.
  10. ^ Toomey, Alyssa; Machado, Baker (July 9, 2013). "Paris Jackson's Potential Treatment Facility: An Inside Look at Diamond Ranch". E! Online.
  11. ^ "Paris Jackson 'doing better' but will likely remain at boarding school for troubled teens 'for years'". The Daily Mail. November 26, 2013.

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