Sandstone, Boys Age 12-13

No one does treatment like Diamond Ranch. We have pioneered a unique approach combining the benefits of a small, personalized program with the amenities and opportunities only a large campus can offer.

We have six treatment programs located on one 55-acre campus. This structure allows us to provide specific, customized care for our students in their individual program while still offering the best facilities to the whole campus. Students have access to significantly more resources than any other school.

Boys 12 to 13 years of age thrive and develop within social circles of similarly aged peers. The Sandstone program is uniquely designed to address your son’s specific needs in an environment that allows him to connect with boys experiencing similar challenges. Individual accommodations are made for each student. This custom-tailored approach to treatment ensures that every student has his needs met, and is provided with the resources and help necessary to develop a healthy and happy attitude toward life.


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Your son will participate in the highest quality education with access to resources that will help him succeed in the classroom. The academic system utilized in the Sandstone program is designed to prepare students for high school curriculum. Your son will enjoy the benefits of self-paced study combined with individual tutoring from certified teachers. This self-paced process allows students to retrieve lost credits or work ahead. We commonly find that a student may excel in one class and struggle in another. Our unique system allows students to move quickly in the courses they are confident in and take more time in the courses that are more challenging. Students must maintain at least an 80% on all tests and assignments in order to progress forward. This ensures that students are mastering the material and not simply going through the motions. Your son will leave Diamond Ranch with academic confidence and motivation, prepared for high school and beyond.


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All credits earned at DRA are fully transferable to any high school, college or university in the country. Our academic program at Sandstone is accredited by AdvancED, The Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Utah State Office of Education. All of our students in the Sandstone program will have access to the following accommodations.

  • Academic Goal Setting and Action Plans
  • Academic Expectations Tailored to Individual Abilities
  • Classroom Behavioral Supports and Interventions
  • Additional Experiential Learning Activities
  • Credit Driven Economy
  • Additional Individual Support
  • Student Preparation for Next Grade Level

Character Curriculum

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Boys 12 to 13 years of age are on the road to manhood. Many boys this age are maturing faster physically than they are emotionally and socially. Our Sandstone Character Curriculum is designed to promote emotional growth. Your son will learn respect for himself and others as he works through this curriculum with his therapist and Program Director. He will learn social skills and practical life skills that will benefit him for years to come. Some of these areas of concentration include:

  • Healthy Relationships with Family Members
  • Contributing Member of the Family Unit
  • Social Skills and Boundary Setting
  • Basic Manners
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Respect for Others
  • Healthy Coping Skills
  • Impulse Control
  • Work Ethic
  • Study Skills
  • Appropriate Social Media
  • Conditioning and Fitness


Through the Sandstone therapeutic program, your son will learn to value himself and develop healthy self-esteem and self-confidence. Through individual, group and family therapy he will learn the valuable skills of emotional regulation, impulse control and the importance of positive relationships with self and others. In today’s society young men are attempting to navigate social interaction and interpersonal relationships earlier than ever before. Our therapeutic approach teaches the fundamentals of essential social skills through appropriate boundary setting and interpersonal communication. Your son will transition home empowered with the necessary tools to develop successful, emotionally healthy relationships. These tools are practiced through therapy groups and activities.

  • Doctorate and Master Degree Therapists
  • Licensed in the State of Utah
  • Case Managers
  • Substance Use Disorder Counselors
  • EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Crisis Management
  • Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Smart Recovery
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Life Skill Training
  • Trauma Based Approaches
  • Art Therapy

Physical Fitness

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Diamond Ranch Academy understands how important physical fitness is to the wellbeing of an individual. Your son’s physical health is an important companion to his emotional health. DRA offers a wide variety of health-promoting enjoyable activities and classes including team, individual and recreational sports. He will have an excellent opportunity to start an exercise program, learn or improve in a new sport, boost self-esteem, get in shape and have fun! He’ll also have daily access to all exercise facilities on campus.


  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Crossfit
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Skating
  • Golf

Sandstone Directors

Parent Communication Director

Campus life in the Sandstone program includes a significant resource of professional staff to help meet the individual needs of each student.

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