SOURCE: Diamond Ranch Academy

Diamond Ranch Academy

April 22, 2016 12:32 ET

UPDATE - New Study Shows School Environment Can Dramatically Improve Academic and Personal Achievement

Diamond Ranch Academy Residential Treatment Center's Safety and Academic Standards Benefit Teens

HURRICANE, UT--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2016) - A first-of-its kind study released in March 2016 confirms the link between significant improvements in key measures of a middle school's environment to academic gains. The Research Alliance for New York City Schools report, titled "School Organizational Contexts, Teacher Turnover, and Student Achievement," found that an increase in school safety and academic expectations corresponds to increases in student achievement. Schools that focus on a safe and structured experience may produce the equivalent of an extra month and a half of math instruction.

While the study only focused on middle schools in New York City, future studies may find this research could apply to other educational environments. Residential treatment centers for teens like Diamond Ranch Academy also show how dramatically upgrading a student's school setting -- from one that may have the presence of bullying, drugs and alcohol, and un-motivating teachers -- leads to more opportunities for academic and personal development.

"Our philosophy at Diamond Ranch Academy is that an intimate, secure, and protected setting empowers students to live healthier and more positive lives while improving their capacity to learn," says Diamond Ranch Academy Executive Director Ricky Dias. "By focusing on academics and safety while also allowing students to explore a variety of personal interests, Diamond Ranch Academy helps students feel more confident and prepared for family and college life than ever before."

The 2016 study also found a correlation between a positive school climate and a reduction in teacher turnover, as strong academic and safety expectations decreased turnover by 25 percent. The study cites research that high rates of teacher turnover negatively impacts student achievement, as staff coordination is damaged, and less experienced replacement teachers are less effective for middle school students. While this has not been proven in other environments just yet, administrators at Diamond Ranch Academy believe that an established staff can help students feel more comfortable.

"Our school is also living proof of how a positive school climate helps retain the best teachers to help troubled teens," Dias continues. "Most of our staff members have been with us for years and continue to have the same passion for helping teens in need succeed."

Diamond Ranch Academy strives to foster a positive environment that allows students to focus on studies and personal growth, rather than be worried about the safety of their physical well-being. Students at Diamond Ranch Academy are constantly on a journey of self-discovery, as they continually learn techniques to improve their emotional health. Activities ranging from working with animals to hiking and physical fitness, to art clubs and student council allow students to discover interests that drive and motivate them to contribute positively to society.

Parents who are interested in Diamond Ranch Academy for their teen may receive a free info packet here, or may call 877-636-2094 for more information.

About Diamond Ranch Academy: Diamond Ranch Academy is an industry leader in residential treatment centers for teens, offering an exemplary variety of college preparatory courses and diverse activities to help students grow both academically and personally. Since its founding in 1999 in Hurricane, Utah, Diamond Ranch Academy has fostered a sense of a supportive community for thousands of students, helping them form healthy relationships with peers and families through therapeutic techniques.