High Top Ranch

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 15 (2005) [1]
Checked August 4, 2017
Open.gif Opened 1998 [1]
Close.gif Closed Between 2015 and 2017 [2]

High Top Ranch is a behavior modification facility located some miles south of Sorensen Ranch School, which also owns it [3].

The target group is children aged 9 to 14 [4].

The length of the program is between 9 and 12 months [1]

Program structure

The program is based on earning individual privileges.


The first three weeks there is no direct communication between parent and child. Letters are allowed. Phonecalls is possible after week 3, but it is something the child has to earn. After 10 to 12 weeks, parents may visit for a weekend.


Minor violations is dealt with by ordering the child to do 5 pushups [5]. They can be isolated from the rest of the students. No time-estimats of this isolation period is stated on the homepage.

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  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 Visit report, Utah State Office of Education (2005)
  2. Ex-instructor at Utah ranch for troubled teens pleads ‘no contest’ to charges of sex with minor, by Liesl Nielsen, KSL News, August 2 - 2017
  3. The area around the facility on Google maps
  4. Student profile, homepage of the facility
  5. Vale's Journey at High Top Ranch, blog made by a mother to one of the children at the ranch