Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1999

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

James L. DePaepe

Second Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


Schools today are trying to make an adaptation to accommodate all children and their disabilities. For many, the problem does not lie in a child's learning ability, but rather in their behavioral disability. According to its mission, The Ranch is committed to not only accommodating at-risk boys, but is trying to help them re-adjust and re-enter society with the skills necessary to function in every day life. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate The Ranch by examining the effectiveness of the program and its goals. Evaluation was done both Formatively and Summatively, through interviews and documentation. The researcher found that The Ranch has a variety of effective tools to evaluate and determine the progress of each boy's behavior and attitude. This study found that The Ranch is effective in accomplishing its goals and striving to complete its mission.