SOURCE: Diamond Ranch Academy

Diamond Ranch Academy

November 10, 2015 15:00 ET

Diamond Ranch Academy Key to Reducing School Violence

Boarding School for Troubled Teens -- an Educational and Behavioral Model

HURRICANE, UT--(Marketwired - Nov 10, 2015) - It seems newspapers and television outlets across the country are continually reporting the same grim news: School violence of all types, ranging from petty theft and intimidation to physical violence and shootings, are becoming commonplace. So much so that in October, President Barack Obama, in yet another speech condemning another mass shooting, declared that Americans are becoming numb to the bloodshed. "Somehow this has become routine," he said.

While new laws will undoubtedly curb some of America's in-school troubles, legislation alone is not enough. Societal shortcomings that give rise to problematic behaviors begin in youth. Generation Z is consumed with a sense of entitlement that promotes self-centeredness, ungratefulness, and laziness. This so-called "teenage retirement" produces adolescents who are bored with life, disrespectful, wasteful, and unhappy -- conditions that are often prerequisites for acting out.

The only way to correct these problems is by improving the environment in which young students thrive. That's why Diamond Ranch Academy, a boarding school in southwestern Utah, is committed to helping troubled teens learn the behavioral and social skills necessary to thrive in a school setting, and also as fully realized, contributing adults.

"Situated on a 55-acre campus, with state-of-the-art athletic, therapeutic, and academic, facilities, our reform school nurtures the minds of its students, while building the confidence and interpersonal skills they need to succeed," said Ricky Dias, executive director of Diamond Ranch Academy. "Our success stories confirm my belief that there's no such thing as a 'bad kid,' only challenging environments that fuel poor decisions. If we really are going to address the teenage entitlement problem, the solution begins with programs like ours that have unique approaches to classroom learning and life skill development."

In addition to first-rate facilities, the Diamond Ranch staff is highly trained and qualified. All DR teachers have bachelor's or master's degrees in their related areas of expertise and meet strict state licensing requirements from the Utah State Office of Education and the Northwest Association Accreditation (NWAC). Likewise, their doctorate- or master's-level therapists are professionally licensed with the state of Utah as mental health professionals.

The bottom line is that without programs like Diamond Ranch, the national school violence narrative will not change. And if current trends are a predictor of what's to come, it will only get worse. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2010-2011 school year (the most recent data available) was one of the most violent on record. And in 2012, students 12 to 18 years old experienced over 1.3 million nonfatal victimizations while about 9 percent of teachers reported they were also threatened.

"I urge parents confronting discipline problems to act now to help transform your child's life," Dias added. "The approaching holiday season is a great time for reflection. Together, let's resolve to help our troubled teens maximize their potential and aid the country in its national healing from school violence and victimization in whatever form it takes."

For more information about Diamond Ranch Academy and to learn how about its programs can help your family, please contact: Andrew Vance, Director of Public Relations at: 435-635-4297 or by main office fax at: 888-827-6174.

Contact Information

  • Andrew Vance
    Director of Public Relations
    435-635-4297
    Main Office Fax: 888-827-6174