418. Discovery Ranch
While some parents seem happy for their children’s stay at the ranch so they could go on cruises etc. the now adults seem less thankful for their stay. Are are some testimonies:
Ally K. writes:
Discovery Ranch was the worst experience of my life. I couldn’t stand it there. the staff lied to me and my parents. when I was struggling my therapist told me I deserved to be in a straight jacket or jail. the staff told me that they wanted me to walk (sign myself out) and that they would even help me pack. when I finally had enough, I told them I would. they made me leave the property and then called the police to have me arrested. they don’t care!!! one staff called my parents and told them that I hit a staff member when I never did!!! I was traumatized from my stay and I would NOT recommend it to ANYONE. when my therapist was retiring, I had asked for a female therapist, and told them which one. my parents told me later that the only reason I didn’t get the one I wanted was because they didn’t want me to get my way. the therapist they put me with was someone I didn’t get along with at all. but for months I suffered. if you’re thinking about going here or sending someone here, DONT.
Ray M. writes:
I was a student there and 7 years later I still have trauma from what happened to me and have since had to go to therapy for what was supposed to my therapy. Words cannot express the pain in my heart when I think of this place profiting off of kids who are shut down and told their own voice doesn’t matter. I hope in my lifetime to see this place shutdown.
Keith S. writes:
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO DISCOVERY RANCH IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEM!
I wish I could give negitive stars!
Discovery Ranch only wants to know and talk about their truth which is nothing close to reality. When you try to induct real truths into the once a week, 1/2 hour, monitored phone call, the therapist redirects you to la la land. They dont want to discuss what’s actually wrong. They don’t give the children any hope of getting out whatsoever. The chidren can’t even have open discussions with other inmates there for fear of being punished and losing privileges. The schooling they provide is a joke. They are left up to their own with limited to no help from the teachers. The website is misleading. The facility is run like a prison.
Seek other avenues for your child,
Michele S. writes:
This is the worst place to send your child. Your child will be put in with kids that are older than their age group, that were in gangs, that are addicted to drugs, etc.
It is run like a prison. They don’t let parents talk freely to their own child. They want the parents to say only what they tell them to say.
Overpriced, over rated…do not send your child there if you care about them.
The kids come out shell shocked, traumatized and fearful.
Discovery Ranch (Yelp)