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The Educational Program

Our educational program is geared to help children develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.  Through our academic plan and the student/family counseling times, we see hope and healing occur in the young man and his family. This time-proven model will have a multi-generational impact.

The Chestnut Mountain Ranch educational program has three integrated components:


Most children come to Chestnut Mountain Ranch having a history of poor school performance.  We provide the students with individualized instruction geared to their unique needs. Pre and post testing identifies students’ strengths and weaknesses and measure their academic yearly progress.  Our goal is that every student would embrace a love of learning and become successful in this arena of life in which they have previously experienced failure.  

Student/Family Support

We view providing support to the entire family as critical to the healing process.  The student/family counseling aspect at CMR addresses the student and family issues with a holistic team approach.  CMR school counselors work with the student and the student’s family to identify the family issues and the roadblocks that has hindered progress. Then, the counselors (in conjunction with the teachers and house-parents) help the student and his family to develop goals for them to move past the roadblocks and grow into a healthy, loving, restored family.

Home-style Dorm Life 

As a boarding school, Chestnut Mountain Ranch provides a place for some of the students to live during the week (some students are commuters only) while they work towards completing the program .  The students return home on most of the weekends to work on family relationships.  The dorms are not a typical dorm atmosphere.  They instead are home-style dorms that look very much like a home in a neighborhood.  The homes are supervised by a loving, married couple.  Houseparent couples in each home provide a stable environment for our students. They also model healthy family relationships and incorporate Christian principles into all aspects of daily living. This helps both the students and their families learn new ways of relating to each other.

The Ranch day school program serves the students from 8:30am-4pm.  At 4pm, the students return to the Ranch home.  Family support meetings are typically scheduled in the afternoon or early evening.


Chestnut Mountain Ranch Christian School is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).