Most youth coming to Ranch Ehrlo have had little success in school. Frustration and failure have often led to anger or withdrawal. As a result, they are no longer interested in learning. To meet this challenge, we offer specialized education which stabilizes youth’s behaviour and builds academic skills. The Independent Schools Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education accredits the educational programs of the Ranch.
We operate the following school programs for youth:
• The Pilot Butte campus offers a school for youth who are new to Ranch Ehrlo. It is designed to provide academic assessment, modified programs, and behavioural stabilization in preparation for future educational placements.
• Classrooms operated by Ranch Ehrlo in Regina provide youth with opportunities to integrate into mainstream education. Students are placed in classrooms (elementary or high school) appropriate to their age, academic capabilities, and specific treatment issues.
• A Transition Program located in Regina prepares youth to transition from their intake and stabilization classroom toward a mainstream placement. It also provides a more structural environment for youth challenged with a more independent learning environment.
Ellen Gunn Education Centre
• Youth new to Ranch Ehrlo who reside on the Corman Park campus attend the on-site school designed to provide academic assessment, modified academics, and behavioural stabilization in preparation for future educational placements. Following this placement, students are placed in Saskatoon schools appropriate to their age, academic capabilities, and specific treatment needs.
Hansen Education Centre
• Youth new to Buckland/Prince Albert programs attend Hansen Education Centre on the Buckland campus which provides academic assessment, modified programs, and behavioural stabilization. Following this, students are placed in one of two classrooms operated by Ranch Ehrlo in Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division or are fully integrated appropriate to their age, academic capabilities, and specific treatment needs.
Alternative educational opportunities
Ranch Ehrlo also offers educational opportunities and vocational programs for clients with mental and cognitive disabilities in a warm, nurturing and supportive environment:
The Learning Centre is a special education program designed to support adults, aged 17 and older, with developmental disabilities and sensory needs to lead a full life. It provides community-based services that maximize development, community inclusion, independence, and participants’ contribution to the society in which they live. The participants are challenged to achieve their full potential for independence, productivity, right to enjoy life, and inclusion in the community. Programming involves developing an individualized plan which includes ongoing social and life skills development, and simple vocational training through constant, repetitive routines.
The focus for the Vocational Training Employment Program (VTEP) is on developing life skills, vocational training and skill development, and supervised vocational activities for our clients.
The Supported Employment Program (SEP) offers clients employment opportunities and training.
The Alternative Vocational Education Program (AVEP) provides vocational training and programming that promotes customized work experiences with ongoing supports. AVEP has been developed and designed to meet the needs of both male and female clients with sensory and communication issues, as well as supervision needs.