Sorensons Ranch School helps when teens make bad decisions

Sorenson's Ranch School knows how to help teenagers that are struggling to make good decisions.

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Former SRS

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Oct 10, 2010
Sorensons Ranch does NOTHING but drain parents pockets! This place and the Mormon cult that runs it are underskilled and have a long history or abuse and censorship.
Former SRS Student

Pollock Pines, CA

#2 Nov 19, 2010
SRS can help in some ways but the staff have a record for abuse, wether its physical or abusing power. the school isnt that good and they deprive you of all contact with the outside world, including your parents at some points. i was there for about a year and a half. even though it has changed me in some ways i would not recomend it for you or your children.
Rachael-former student

United States

#3 Jan 15, 2011
I attended Sorenson's back in 99-2000. My personal experience there was not positive. I have been reading reviews on the ranch and WHEW there are some pretty bad ones. My personal positive adjustment in life has resulted from impacts of bad actions in my life. I am now a criminal justice, corrections and psychology degree seeking student. My main objective is to eventually complete law school; however, recently I have been thinking juvenile advocacy type work is what would fulfill my passion related to law and corrections and overall just helping those in need. I am looking for any former students and or staff members of Sorenson's ranch willing to offer their testiment (POSITVE AND NEGATIVE) regarding the ranch. I have some questions of my own and would like your open feedback about the program for a report I am doing. Right now the report is for my own personal gain to strengthen my focus on where my passion truly is. I can keep names and personal informaiton confidential unless you directly wish to allow the informaiton to be used in the report or for any instance that the report should ever go public in any way. Help me to find a course action to help those in need in the names of us who were a victim of a bad program! feel free to email me: a.mommys_love@yahoo.com this is just a free yahoo account that I give out openly because I do not like to clutter my main personal home email or school email boxes with spam because you get spam wherever you post something these days ;)
shp33

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Mar 9, 2011
I'm curious if you received any comments...we are looking into Sorenson's and have seen some of the negative comments, but then the facebook page is full of positive comments...anyway, would like to know more. Thank you.

Shelley
Rachael-former student wrote:
I attended Sorenson's back in 99-2000. My personal experience there was not positive. I have been reading reviews on the ranch and WHEW there are some pretty bad ones. My personal positive adjustment in life has resulted from impacts of bad actions in my life. I am now a criminal justice, corrections and psychology degree seeking student. My main objective is to eventually complete law school; however, recently I have been thinking juvenile advocacy type work is what would fulfill my passion related to law and corrections and overall just helping those in need. I am looking for any former students and or staff members of Sorenson's ranch willing to offer their testiment (POSITVE AND NEGATIVE) regarding the ranch. I have some questions of my own and would like your open feedback about the program for a report I am doing. Right now the report is for my own personal gain to strengthen my focus on where my passion truly is. I can keep names and personal informaiton confidential unless you directly wish to allow the informaiton to be used in the report or for any instance that the report should ever go public in any way. Help me to find a course action to help those in need in the names of us who were a victim of a bad program! feel free to email me: a.mommys_love@yahoo.com this is just a free yahoo account that I give out openly because I do not like to clutter my main personal home email or school email boxes with spam because you get spam wherever you post something these days ;)
dbs

United States

#5 Nov 9, 2011
I am a former student of Sorenson's Ranch School and current teacher. As a human and a teacher, I would urge parents to seek other options for your child. In full disclosure I will specify that I attended this school in the early 90's. In most cases, I would be inclined to believe that a bad situation could be corrected in 20 years. However, in the case of this school, I am reluctant to imagine much change for two reasons. 1. The culture of wrongdoing by staff was so pervasive, and 2. The school exists in a town where everyone is blood relation and they all work at the school. The fact that their Facebook page seems to be a place for happy feedback of students does not convince me either. The omissions and whitewashing of information to parents was honed to an art form even at the time that I attended. I can only imagine that their skills at hiding any negative feedback about the program have only increased over the years. Bottom line - if you just want to treat your child like a problem and pay someone else to deal with it, send them to Sorenson's today. If you care about your child's future, look into other options. PLEASE.
Beth

San Diego, CA

#6 Apr 26, 2012
I have a child there currently. I am pretty happy. No place is perfect that's for sure. My son is very troubled and they take a lot of crap from him and they have kept him safe which would not be the case if not there. If you want more info I could contact you via email if you provide your e-mail.
Former student

Plano, TX

#7 Jul 18, 2012
I'm still struggling to reverse the effects that Sorenson's Ranch School had on me. I've been suffering from PTSD ever since I left. I've always been very comfortable with my sexuality, but when I went to Sorenson's I was treated with the up-most disrespect from the entirely Mormon staff. The program already abuses the children there, but if you were an out homosexual, you got twice the negative treatment. I still have chunks of gravel underneath my skin from when my face was rubbed into the ground by an over-weight staff member for writing a harmless letter to a girl. It was impossible to work the level system there if you were gay, because every time you were alone with another student for even one minute, you got demoted to level 1 for 'Questionable Situations'. They pulled me out of school and sat me in a field or in a room all by myself because apparently I was going to ravage any student that got close to me. I spent the majority of the time I was there by myself, either alone in a field or staring at a wall, with nothing but my own thoughts to amuse me. After a while it started to have an extremely negative effect on my still-developing brain. And I assure any parent who feels like sending their child there that your kid is going to stay there longer than necessary, because all they want is your money. They're going to keep telling you that your child needs more work, more attention from them. When really all that child truly wants and needs is more attention from you as a parent.
JHJ

Pullman, WA

#8 Jul 26, 2012
Beth wrote:
I have a child there currently. I am pretty happy. No place is perfect that's for sure. My son is very troubled and they take a lot of crap from him and they have kept him safe which would not be the case if not there. If you want more info I could contact you via email if you provide your e-mail.
They will make you believe things that arnt true, they are masters at convincing parents that all is well. I spent a year at the ranch back in 05 and it was a horrible experience. No child deserves that. I am still trying to overcome what it did to me. DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD THEY SAY. Get your child out immediately. Even if your child is very troubled that place will not help him. Find another route. My parents felt the same way you did and were very happy with it until they realized what was really going on and yanked me out. Please get your child out. Dont trust a word of what they say. Nothing is like it seems there
former student

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Feb 5, 2013
I will say that I did not love being at Sorenson's Ranch while I was there. I will also say that they staff helped me in ways I never knew until later in my life. There are a few negative things on here and I wrote negative things about Sorenson's shortly after I left. I now understand what they were trying to do and how they were trying to help me. There is no abuse at the school. They can be strict with the kids at times but it is because they are dealing with very manipulative and emotionally charged kids. I was extremely manipulative while I was there and I now realize the reason I was sent there and the help I really received. For every student that says they were mistreated or abused there are 50 that learned what they needed to at Sorenson's Ranch. The best thing my parents did was send me here. I hated it at the time but it gave me a new opportunity to be successful and change where my life was headed. Thanks to the staff there and I hope I never have need of this place but I am glad it is there.
Philly1341

Kenai, AK

#11 Sep 22, 2013
I was here for 2 years and I vividly remember how violent and corrupt it was. The is no "Treatment" here, everything is forced, there are no rights here, when you ask about your rights they'll tell you your parent's signed them away for you. I received a Broken wrist because I swore at one of the staff, on another occasion I Received injuries on my ankle for refusing to hike the parking lot, still on another I was "restrained" a lot of times (meaning I got slammed by more than one staff member and got the shit kicked out of me) I left here with more problems then when I went in and the psychological toll that it had on me when I was 14 was High! it is extremely unprofessional and has a long record of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. If you have a child here take them out IMMEDIATELY! they'll thank you later and won't be angry at you for years like I was at my parents. there are other options, this one doesn't work. Trust me.
wmnc

Summerfield, NC

#12 Sep 26, 2013
I attended SRS school back in 1989-1990. To this day I suffer from PTSD. My PTSD started when I attended there as I was a kid who went there to get help with my ADD/ADHD. There was an assortment of kids there from all back grounds and learning issues. The staff abused me in every way almost daily for the entire year I was there. To all the parents who are considering sending your kids there please do not. Please find another place and option and do your kid a favor and give them the best possible chance in life and in school. I wish I could attach a jpeg. file of the pictures of all the scars on my body to show proof what they did to me. It amazes me to this day how they have been able to stay open with all the abuse.
mln544

Denver, CO

#13 Sep 28, 2013
Beth wrote:
I have a child there currently. I am pretty happy. No place is perfect that's for sure. My son is very troubled and they take a lot of crap from him and they have kept him safe which would not be the case if not there. If you want more info I could contact you via email if you provide your e-mail.
Beth i'm so sorry to say they have you brain washed. I was A former student and can tell you of true horrors in side of the ranch. You can contact me at nealmarie9109@gmail.com.
Dianne Vile

Corona, CA

#14 Nov 19, 2013
My daughter was at Sorenson's Ranch from Dec 2009 to April 2012. She then went to a step down in california. I have positive things to say about the school. They helped us when no one would. She had a wonderful woman who looked out for her named Phyllis. Her therapist was great.
Tabitha Symes

Ephraim, UT

#16 Dec 4, 2013
I'm from that area, and I'm curious, what exactly did they do there to give them such a bad rap from all these people? I'm pretty unlearned about the place and just thought it was a just ok, but what on earth's going on there?!
Jess

Anchorage, AK

#17 Dec 5, 2013
I was there from 05-07 and it was one of the absolute worst places I've ever had to be. I've seen abuse and unfair treatment of many students including me. Staff showed major fave titis as well. There are 5 levels. Level 5 is the highest level you can be with the most privileges. Most people are there for a year. I was level 5 4 times and was left there for 2 years. The staff doesn't care about the kids or their "treatment". That place screwed me up more than I was before I got there. They always liked to use the word manipulation when they are the ones who did the manipulating. I tried to do the program how they wanted and they kept lying to my parents saying I "needed more time" when all they wanted was more money. It's true they lie and try to keep you there as long as they can. They have theost ridiculous policies as well. It was my second day there and I had to go on a hike with the level 1's which I was cool with. However, I am from Alaska and it was the beginning of March. In Ak there's still snow on the ground. There it was 105 that day. I asked staff to please bring me sunblock because I am blonde and very fair skinned. I don't tan. Staff forgot and apologized to me. I ended up getting 2nd degree burns so bad my entire face swelled up and I had multiple blisters. The next morning, I got in trouble for "self harm". I told them what happened and they didn't care because I was new. Then I tried to tell my mom over the phone. They cut me off and punished me for trying to manipulate my parents. Honestly, if you care about your kid please please please pick a different place. I saw things that were so not okay for a "treatment" center or "rehab" facility. I never felt more alone in my entire life then when I was there. It was honestly one place I wish I could forget about. I wouldn't wish my worst enemy having to spend a month at SRS and I say that from the bottom of my heart.
greg

United States

#18 Dec 7, 2013
I went there in 89--90 and saw no abuse !!! And the staff was great. If you wanted to be a disrespectful punk then you didn't get the privileges that the kids did that were working on being good. I hated it there, what kids wouldn't, but it was a good experience now that Ilook back on it.
Josh

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Dec 12, 2013
Sorenson's ranch kept me in Solitary Confinement (they call it "Isolation") for 10 days straight, yes, 10 days, straight, for something that I didn't even do. They sexually abuse children, and break bones during "restraining" (getting your ass kicked). I saw a kids arm broken by the staff member during a restraint, and I also witnessed a staff member taking naked pictures of a 15 year old boy, right in front of me. The sheriff's came and investigated the incident and the child was sent home. Also, there is peer to peer sexual abuse that goes on, just like in prison. Students (age 15-17) would dump piss on other students when they were taking a shower and they would sexually assault the weaker students. The staff lie to parents during phone calls with there kids, and the kids are not allowed to have uncensored phone calls, for fear that the truth about what is going on at the school would come out. I left this place with PTSD, no self esteem, and serious trust issues with people. Luckily I had the common sense to join the Air Force, which is the ONLY reason why I am where I am in life. Sorenson's ranch will bully, manipulate and brainwash you, as a parent, and brainwash your kid.
Caiti

Windsor, WI

#20 May 5, 2014
Jess wrote:
I was there from 05-07 and it was one of the absolute worst places I've ever had to be. I've seen abuse and unfair treatment of many students including me. Staff showed major fave titis as well. There are 5 levels. Level 5 is the highest level you can be with the most privileges. Most people are there for a year. I was level 5 4 times and was left there for 2 years. The staff doesn't care about the kids or their "treatment". That place screwed me up more than I was before I got there. They always liked to use the word manipulation when they are the ones who did the manipulating. I tried to do the program how they wanted and they kept lying to my parents saying I "needed more time" when all they wanted was more money. It's true they lie and try to keep you there as long as they can. They have theost ridiculous policies as well. It was my second day there and I had to go on a hike with the level 1's which I was cool with. However, I am from Alaska and it was the beginning of March. In Ak there's still snow on the ground. There it was 105 that day. I asked staff to please bring me sunblock because I am blonde and very fair skinned. I don't tan. Staff forgot and apologized to me. I ended up getting 2nd degree burns so bad my entire face swelled up and I had multiple blisters. The next morning, I got in trouble for "self harm". I told them what happened and they didn't care because I was new. Then I tried to tell my mom over the phone. They cut me off and punished me for trying to manipulate my parents. Honestly, if you care about your kid please please please pick a different place. I saw things that were so not okay for a "treatment" center or "rehab" facility. I never felt more alone in my entire life then when I was there. It was honestly one place I wish I could forget about. I wouldn't wish my worst enemy having to spend a month at SRS and I say that from the bottom of my heart.
Hey jess. It's me Caiti we were at Sorensons together. Do you really think it was that bad of a place? I mean did you literally walk away with nothing after leaving there? You don't feel like your life got any better or that it would have gotten better if you have never gone there? Yeah there was abuse. And some things that happened. But there was also good people. And good things. If I hadn't gotten the opportunity to attend I would be where I am to day. If you would have asked me that when I got home I would have complained and talked of all the negative. But looking back it was such a positive change in my life and to this day I would give anything to go back. I never got to level five and left a level 3. Was level 1 4 times. Some of the stuff was hard and "abusive" the workouts were strenuous. I even puked from them. I hated the 15 mile hike in a blizzard where I got frost bit. I didn't like that I couldn't talk to my family but I know understand why they did that. Why they cut off all contact. Because the parents are just as big of the problem and the child. And being taken away and not being able to talk to friends who were damaging my life saved my life. I don't talk to single soul that I did before I went there. They never pushed religion on me. And always gave me a choice. I found my outlets in the horses and the sound of my own laughter. I found things that made me happy again . I learned to re love life for what it was. I was taken from a bad situation and didn't have he capabilities to fix" myself. It just wasn't and option. I understand your not liking it. But your a re at person and I'm glad I got to meet you.
Tabitha

Ephraim, UT

#21 May 5, 2014
Former SRS wrote:
Sorensons Ranch does NOTHING but drain parents pockets! This place and the Mormon cult that runs it are underskilled and have a long history or abuse and censorship.
So how does this 'Mormon cult' have anything to do with it then? Are they brainwashing the kids to become Mormon?! Doubt that!
Julian

Clovis, CA

#22 Jun 26, 2014
Josh wrote:
Sorenson's ranch kept me in Solitary Confinement (they call it "Isolation") for 10 days straight, yes, 10 days, straight, for something that I didn't even do. They sexually abuse children, and break bones during "restraining" (getting your ass kicked). I saw a kids arm broken by the staff member during a restraint, and I also witnessed a staff member taking naked pictures of a 15 year old boy, right in front of me. The sheriff's came and investigated the incident and the child was sent home. Also, there is peer to peer sexual abuse that goes on, just like in prison. Students (age 15-17) would dump piss on other students when they were taking a shower and they would sexually assault the weaker students. The staff lie to parents during phone calls with there kids, and the kids are not allowed to have uncensored phone calls, for fear that the truth about what is going on at the school would come out. I left this place with PTSD, no self esteem, and serious trust issues with people. Luckily I had the common sense to join the Air Force, which is the ONLY reason why I am where I am in life. Sorenson's ranch will bully, manipulate and brainwash you, as a parent, and brainwash your kid.
I went there between 2012 and 2014, and all of this is still happening.

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