Through Triangle Cross Ranch’s strong academic program, plus hands-on ranching and farming, young men develop:
- Self-worth and dignity
- Positive work ethic
- Sense of responsibility
- Practical life skills
Boys also learn that they have control over their own actions and reactions when challenged in tough environments.
The Academic Program
Triangle Cross Ranch offers complete educational services including a schoolroom, quarterly exams, report cards, tutoring services, and course materials. Each individual student receives a separate curriculum, based on past credits earned, and focusing on basic requirements for a high school diploma.
Older and academically advanced students engage in philosophy and advance mathematics and science. Students learn at their own pace and receive individual attention. This especially helps those with learning disabilities, motivational challenges, and disruptive behaviors. We encourage students to take control of their own education—that’s our goal at Triangle Cross Ranch. Many struggling students catch up with their age group within a year’s time. In an environment stripped bare of distractions, most struggling boys focus on their studies, motivated by a desire to complete the curriculum and return home. During our 18-month long-term residency program, many students develop autodidactic abilities that serve them well in their pursuit of higher education.
The Vocational Training/Trade School
In addition to our strong academic program, Triangle Cross Ranch offers vocational/technical training that exposes at-risk teens to alternative professions. Students can earn high school elective credits through our unique Vocational Training/Trade School at Triangle Cross Ranch. We provide many first time, hands-on experiences to help each young man discover his own God-given interests, talents, worth and potential. TCR’s natural setting takes them ‘outside-the-box’ as they tackle new physical challenges. The skills a boy develops in our vo-tech training can potentially lead him to profitable careers, adding a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment to his work.
Students also participate in wildlife and range management, equipment maintenance and repair, welding, carpentry, horticulture, animal husbandry, veterinary assistance (calf vaccination, and delivery at birth), horsemanship, horseshoeing. Some work in operating farm equipment (tractor, backhoe, bulldozer), crop irrigation, and caring for baby calves.
Cowboy Equine Therapy
Triangle Cross Ranch realized early on that horses have a healing effect on troubled or wounded young men. We often find that the temperament and disposition of horses reflect those of the riders. The relationship of each boy at TCR develops with his favorite horse forms during real ‘working’ situations. The young man has to practice kindness, patience, attention, and courage in order to get the desired response from the animal, The guys quickly learn that you cannot strong-arm or bully the horses while working on horseback. These key interactions between horse and young cowboy help build a sense of dignity and esteem, while also repairing destructive relational habits in many struggling teens.