Boys Ranch and Therapeutic
Boarding School in Missouri
The Mission of MRCA is “to strengthen character, faith, and relationships”.
We envision At-Risk boys becoming Godly men who make resilient families and strong communities.
A Christian Boys Home
At Master’s Ranch Christian Academy, we dedicate time to restore and heal families and their boys. Our ranch-type residential program in Missouri helps troubled boys. While our program is highly disciplined, we use a family-style approach with a strong emphasis on work and responsibility. For 20 years, Master’s Ranch Christian Academy has been offering experienced group and individual counseling. Master’s uses an informal approach to counseling, often with the outdoors as the setting, since active teenage boys will open and share more readily. While the boys are with us, we also work with parents to bring ideas to the home environment. Master’s Ranch is decidedly Christian, with morning devotions, counseling, and weekly church services.
We work best with boys with anger and related behavioral issues. Most of the boys in our care are those diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or are self-destructive. Over half of the boys, we work with were adopted — referred here for our help and care from adoptive parents. We also work with boys who have gotten into trouble with the law but have a good heart and need a new start and direction in life. Students on psychotropic medications are accepted upon approval of our clinical team.
Therapeutic Healing and Confidence through Learning How to Work
Ranch life provides the setting for the transformation that happens in boys at Master’s Ranch Christian Academy. Boys live on a working farm and learn responsibility by caring for cattle, pigs, and dogs. We give special attention to using animals in anger management and for healing problems with emotional attachment.
The boarding school program is heavily vocational. The boys learn from general contractors in wood, metal, cement, plumbing, welding, culinary arts, and electrical construction. Often, our boys get the opportunity to put their skills to work in the local economy and earn money.
While attending Master’s Ranch Christian Academy, boys will also get their hunter’s safety permit and driver’s license after completing driver education. Master’s Ranch Christian Academy uses a military-style of organization and discipline. The boys navigate a rank structure through which they gradually earn elevated trust, responsibility, authority, and privilege. Breaking the rules leads to losing benefits.
Master’s Ranch boys are built up in confidence and thoughtfulness, allowing them to successfully return to home life, college, vocational training, the military, or employment. We firmly push them toward a vocation or to move toward more training once they leave Master’s Ranch Christian Academy, which gives them the reason to keep a straight head and their eye on the target for their future, so they don’t fall back into old ways of thinking and acting. We work under the simple philosophy of giving the kids something they don’t want to lose. Whether that be the hope for an exciting future, a trade they love, or a fresh new start in life, boys leave here with a new purpose and desire to be responsible men of God.
Preparing for Successful Futures with Accredited Education
Master’s Ranch Christian Academy educates boys on-site with a computer-based nationally accredited curriculum through the ACELLUS ACADEMY. These credits are fully transferrable to public schools in all US states. Most students will complete a lot of their elective requirements for high school issued directly by our Private School. Master’s Ranch also offers GED preparation classes (called HISET in the state of Missouri) along with ACT and SAT prep classes. We will coordinate each of these final tests as needed.
Healthy Recreation and Activities
Master’s Ranch Christian Academy teaches kids how to enjoy good, clean “unplugged” fun. The boys at Master’s Ranch regular outdoor activities that include: camping, fishing, hunting, basketball, football, swimming at the local river, roping, hiking, paintball and occasionally horseback rides. Regular weekly recreation includes, use of the Rec Room (pool table foosball, ping pong, darks, cornhole), a Fitness Room, weekly board games, and weekly movie nights. Elective activities include band, sound team, book clubs, strategy games, basketball team, and more. The Master’s Ranch Christian Academy is a place of healing and hope. We have seen hundreds of at-risk and struggling teens transformed into hard-working, respectable young adults. We help restore boys to their families; healthy, confident, and spiritually and academically on track.