Your son will start each day with a goal setting group. At night, he will gather again to evaluate his success at achieving those goals. In between, he will have daily chores, just like in a home environment.
Some of these chores include preparing and cleaning up breakfast, laundry, house cleaning, and homework. Also, your son will be responsible for helping to care for two rambunctious Labrador retrievers, a cat, and a few chickens.
As a working ranch, students are also require to do a number of ranch chores. Horses must be fed each morning. Calves must be fed each morning and night. While your son learns to care for something other than himself, his self-esteem will grow. He will come to realize that work is necessary and fulfilling.
Another major focus of residential life is in building strong relationships. That includes helping your son learn how to live and work with people when he might not necessarily see eye to eye with them.
One way that we work toward community building is by making quilts. When your son arrives at Discovery Ranch, he will choose the color and kind of material he likes best for a quilt for his bed. All the other students in his house will help him tie the quilt. The activity will help him get acquainted with other students. When your son graduates, he will be able to take the quilt with him as a reminder of his experience.