Rancho Valmora

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Current status Closed[1]
Detainees.gif Capacity 81
Checked November 6, 2010
Open.gif Opened 1993
Close.gif Closed 2010

Rancho Valmora was a therapeutic boarding school suspected of using behavior modification methods. located in Valmora, New Mexico [2]

The program did hold 81 teenagers aged 12 to 18, and was said to last an average of 12 to 17 months.

It was founded in 1993.

Program structure

They used a positive peer culture approach [3]. A survivor has written a blog about how long the treatment lasted [4]

They also involved the use of art in their treatment [5]


The facility had an on-campus school. According to the webpage it was accredited by Advanc-Ed NCA-CASI (North Central Association-Commission for Accreditation and School Improvement) [3] The student/teacher ratio was approximately 8 to 1.


Beside communication by letter, the teenagers had two telephone calls per week. 1x10 minutes during weekdays and 1x20 minutes in the weekend. Parents were advised not to help the teenager with issues at the ranch [3]

Notable alumni

  • Michael Strand Jr. [6]

In the news

The facility was mentioned in relationship with a several lawsuits [7] [8]

May 2008 a father told the media how his son was beaten at the facility [9]

May 2008 a staff member was charged with abuse [10].

In the fall of 2009 the program shut down [11][1]. On their webpage they referred to their two other programs. However the webpage of one of the programs does not function.

External Links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards


  1. 1,0 1,1 HEAL Newsletter: November 5th, 2010
  2. The facility on Google maps
  3. 3,0 3,1 3,2 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, homepage from the facility
  4. Kaly's blog., Myspace
  5. Emotionally charged works from emotionally disturbed teens - IN THE GALLERIES, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 12, 1996
  6. Dad Says Suspect Was Cop Informant, by Vic Vela, Albuquerque Journal, September 06, 2009
  7. Laureen v. Colonial School Distric, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsulvania - The School District won.
  8. Appeal from the order in the Court of common Pleas of Alleheny County, Civil Division in relationship with the rather expensive program.
  9. Beatings Claimed at High-End Juvie Camp, by Jackie Jadrnak, Albuquerque Journal, May 11, 2008
  10. AP:Youth Center worker charged with abuse, Daily Lobo, May 12 2008