Red Rock Canyon School

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 90
Checked August 23, 2012
Open.gif Opened 1999

Red Rock Canyon School is a behavior modification facility. It is located in St. George, Utah [1].

They are able to house 90 teenagers [2]

Their program last between 9 and 12 months [2].

The target group is teenagers aged between 12 and 17 [2].

It should not be confused with Red Rock Ranch Academy

Program structure

The program utilize the use of Positive Peer Group method.

Daily Schedule

Time Activity [3]
07:00 Wake-up/Hygiene
07:15 - 07:45 Room Chores which consists of making bed and rotation of cleaning bathroom, sink/mirror area, vacuum, and dusting/straightening up room
08:00 - 08:25 Breakfast - last 5 minutes clean up
08:30 - 09:20 Group Therapy
09:30 - 12:30 Academics
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Academics (Some of the teenager will be taken from the class and given individual therapy)
15:00 - 15:30 Free time. Activity decided by the majority in the peer group
15:30 - 17:00 Group therapy where the teenagers are allowed to criticize the behavior of others in the group
17:00 - 17:30 Dinner
17:30 - 20:00 Various activies, the so-called "Mandatory Enrichment Classes" lasting an hour. The rest of the time is for exercising
20:10 - 21:00 Free time in the units
21:00 - 21:30 Positive Peer Community Meeting - reflextion of the day
21:30 - 21:45 Getting ready for bed. Lights out at 21:45


According to the webpage the teachers are certified by the State of Utah. Average classroom size is 6 teenagers per teacher [4]

Notable alumni

Notable alumni from Red Rock Canyon School include:

  • "Alli" daughter of singer Leslie Rudden [5].


  • On September 13, 2001, a boy was sexually assaulted by another teenager with whom he had been housed. The Guardians Alvin and Cynthia Robertson created a lawsuit against the school [6]
  • March 2003 a girl was transported from the school to the hospital where she was pronounced death. She had been sick for some days [7]
  • In 2005 they were sued by parents of a teenager based on a claim about a sexual relationship between their son and a staff member [8]
  • In 2012 a staff member was arrest on a charge of indicent relationships with 3 boys [9]
  • In 2018 a lawsuit was filed connected to the incidents from 2012 [10]

External Links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards


  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 Datasheet at National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
  3. Daily Schedule, homepage of the facility
  4. Treament services, homepage of the facility
  5. Homepage of Leslie Rudden
  6. Case No. 2:05-CV-758 TC, ALVIN ROBERTSON and CYNTHIA ROBERTSON, individually and as guardians ad litem for their minor child CR, Plaintiffs, vs. RED ROCK CANYON SCHOOL, LLC, et al., Defendants.
  7. Police investigate schoolgirl's death, Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - March 7, 2003 (Can be purchased at
  8. Parents of ex-student sue residential center, by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune, Date: July 21, 2004 (Can be purchased at
  9. St. George school staffer accused of sexually abusing three boys, By Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, August 3, 2012
  10. Sex abuse victim sues Red Rock Canyon School for allegedly failing to protect students from sexual predator, by Aubrey Wieber, Salt Lake Tribune, January 23 - 2018