Therapeutic Boarding School and Boys Home for Teenage Boys Who are Defiant or Out of Control

Arivaca Boys Ranch

Teenage Boys from All Over the Country Find Hope and Healing at Arivaca Boys Ranch and Home for Boys

Arivaca Boys Ranch and Home serves 35 boys, age 13 to 17, on a 23,000 acre, 140-year-old cattle ranch. The ranch program is specifically designed to provide therapeutic help for teenage boys, teaching them how to make better decisions and become more mature in their thinking. While learning life skills and behavior management, they continue to receive “book learning” in our accredited on-campus school.

troubled teen ranch Arivaca Boys Ranch is a unique program that uses three powerful therapeutic tools to help teen boys get on a right path in life. First, a specialized form of equine therapy. Equine therapy is commonly used to help teens who are struggling, but we take it one step further, we teach the boys to become “horse whisperers.” Known as the “Arivaca Way,” our therapeutic model teaches boys to understand how their behavior or mood affects their horse, and that helps them become more aware and responsible of their actions and how they affect others. Secondly, we use Arbinger Principles to help provide a foundation for moving behavior from anger to positive motivational action. The principles were developed by the Arbinger Institute, which is a worldwide leader in training on anger management. And third, we use the working ranch setting for training, responsibility and positive peer influence as a means of helping the teen grow in maturity.

If your son is struggling or out of control, consider Arivaca Boys Ranch for helping him find his way back to right thinking and to a renewed relationship with you. We have a full academic program, 24/7 care, as well as our unique and effective 3-tiered therapy. Geographically, the Arivaca boys ranch is at a higher elevation than the surrounding deserts, with a climate similar to inland San Diego, California.


If your son struggles with school, is defiant, has attention deficit, is experimenting with drugs, stealing, lying, sneaking out, depressed . . . breaking your heart . . . then you may need our help. We help teen boys exhibiting:


Through hard work, responsibility, communication and healthy relationships, on our boys ranch we teach boys how to resolve their most troubling conflicts the right way. We teach them a different way of being . . . a way out of conflict and turmoil through making better choices.

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