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Rancho Valmora

Residential Treatment Center

Rancho Valmora Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 12 to 18
Grades: 6 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 81
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1993
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Rancho Valmora Contact Information

HCR 50 Box 1
Valmora, NM 87750
Phone: (505) 425-6057
Fax: (505) 425-9893
School Contact: Dale Parker, MA and Chad Reznicek
Alternative Contact: Dale Parker, MA
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Rancho Valmora uses a Positive Peer Culture Model to develop and inspire a positive value system within each student that results in care and concern for self and others. The positive value system we strive to teach our students carries forward into future family and social relationships. Students develop essential living and coping skills to achieve success in all aspects of life.

Rancho Valmora is a non-profit residential treatment center and school for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. Rancho Valmora is located on the front-range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico and is a little over one hour from Santa Fe. The property includes approximately 1,000 acres of Ponderosa and Pinon Pine, river habitat and short-grass prairie that provides a beautiful setting and is ideal for horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Rancho Valmora has a unique history that is recognized by its designation on the National Historic Register. The property was founded in 1905 as a tuberculosis treatment center. The property was chosen because of its mild, sunny climate and because of the existence of a very productive artesian spring, which produces approximately 25,000 gallons per day and still provides the water needs for our students and facility. Many of the buildings date to this historic period, including the Administration building, Dining Hall, Recreation Hall, Ice Cream Parlor and Administration house.

Our treatment program is intended for 12-18 year old males and females who may be experiencing a wide range of educational, emotional and/or behavioral problems. These problems include difficulty in family and/or peer relationships, mood disorders, externalizing disorders such as attention deficit, hyperactivity and oppositional defiant disorders, substance/alcohol abuse related disorders, and personality disorders. Students also typically have experienced setbacks and problems in school and may qualify for special education assessment or services.

Rancho Valmora is licensed through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department as a Residential Treatment Center. We are also a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Our school is accredited through the New Mexico Public Education Department and through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI).

The goals of the Horsemanship Program are to teach the range of skills necessary to be a capable caretaker and rider, to receive school credit for participation in the Program, and to teach responsibility and build self-esteem.
As with the Art Program, the Horsemanship Program is designed around teaching the necessary skills and, while not designed to be an equine therapy program, to have tangible therapeutic benefits.

The range of skills taught by our Horsemanship Director includes basic issues of care, saddling, riding and specific activities, e.g., rodeo events and participation in local ranch round-ups.

The therapeutic benefits are derived from teaching and learning responsibility through the care of horses and to build self-esteem by learning to work with horses and master the skills of riding.

The Horsemanship program is accredited through NCA-CASI and is integrated into our school curriculum.

Rancho Valmora provides an extensive student activities and recreation program.

These activities include hiking, skiing, fishing, camping, cycling, weightlifting, aerobics and swimming. Our campus also has fields and courts for baseball, indoor and outdoor basketball, volleyball and track.

Additionally, volunteer services to the local community are an integral part of the PPC philosophy.

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