The School Program
Heartland Ranch School works in cooperation with the SW/WC Service Cooperative and Benson Public Schools to provide education for the residents of Heartland Girls’ Ranch, a private non-profit group home licensed by the Department of Corrections.
The Heartland Ranch School is an MDE accredited educational setting staffed by both regular and special education certified teachers.
Classes are offered for both junior high and senior high levels. Subjects include the core areas of English, math, science, and social studies, as well as classes to build skills in the areas of job readiness. Strong emphasis is placed on improving basic skills, securing credits needed for graduation and passing the MN GRAD tests. A primary goal is to prepare the girls to be successful in future learning whether it is upon re-entry to their previous school, or at a post-secondary setting.
As part of the work-based learning class, students have the opportunity to work in the school run business of “In Stitches ~ The Heartland School Embroidery Shop”.
Small classroom sizes are maintained to best meet student needs. Average student to teacher ratio is 6:1.
Our behavior modification program is directly tied to the ranch program. This means that the students’ behavior and completion of assignments are tied to all activities and privileges. Additionally, the teachers are supported by case managers to deal with issues that are beyond the scope of the academic program.
We are a self-contained school located within the Benson Junior-Senior High School. Our location makes it possible to provide for transitioning to a mainstream setting. Residents earn access to mainstream classes based upon behavior and school progress.
Heartland Ranch School has an 8 period day with classes meeting 45 minutes each. The school year is divided into two semesters and each semester has two quarters. Grades and credits (.25 per passing class each quarter) are given at the end of each quarter. Fees for educational services are billed by the school district to the child’s home school district.
Over the years, the ranch school has become an integral part of the Ranch Program, where education and therapy happen simultaneously.