Mountain Meadows Youth Ranch offers students a range of activities including hiking, ranch chores, community service, snowshoeing, camping, and educational trips, just to name a few. Other activities include basketball, track, cross-country and skiing/snowboarding. The simple nature of ranch and mountain life allows us to challenge students and their families to address difficult, emotional issues without distraction. In addition, we utilize the 12 Step model to address teen substance abuse to address teen substance abuse, behavioral problems, and family struggles.
We offer multiple and progressive options for educational studies at Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch.
1. Academic studies at Mountain Meadow with certified Montana High School Accreditation. This plan accommodates students who are new to Mountain Meadow and/or have not been successful in public or private schools. Students who need close supervision, time away from distractions, and additional help structuring their academics usually begin with this plan.
2. Credit recovery for students that are behind in school is also available. Credit recovery courses come in many forms. Montana Digital Academy, BYU, Keystone, and a local alternative learning center are all available to students that need to catch up in school. Credit recovery courses are all accredited by the State of Montana and the local high school. These courses report as normal high school credits and appear on a student’s transcript as normal credits.
3. Partial to full time mainstreaming into the local community high school and middle school. Students, who are serious about their schoolwork, have matured to accept a higher level of personal responsibility, and are ready for additional social interactions (including extracurricular activities) become senior students and peer group leaders. With our structural school component, students can progress into a final step in their program process of being more involved in normal social activities and decision-making.
4. Students that are excelling in school are given the opportunity to take Advance Placement classes. They may also have the opportunity to take online college credits through Flathead Valley Community College.
Compassion, generosity, humility, and self-esteem are very important traits that are actually learned through positive experiences. At Mountain Meadows we know community service to be a natural venue to experience, learn, and integrate these values in to daily life. Students participate in a variety of community activities which includes harvesting hay, splitting firewood for senior citizens, and helping serve meals to those in need just to name a few.