Edgewood Ranch Academy, our on-site private Christian school, exists to serve the needs of the students attending Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Our Academy uses ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) School of Tomorrow as our base curriculum. This individualized curriculum, combined with a low student-to-teacher ratio, allows our students to experience academic success in a closely monitored environment. Our teachers have advanced education, special skills, knowledge, and/or expertise that qualify them to provide instruction to our students.
Upon admission, all students are evaluated to determine their academic level and any special learning needs. Students are then placed at a working level according to their current ability and provided with any necessary accommodations to encourage success. Although many of our students arrive at the Ranch 1 to 3 years below grade level, teachers work one-on-one with students to promote consistent academic growth and integrity. The ACE curriculum promotes individual responsibility by giving students an active and accountable role in their advancement. Our goal is to provide a high-quality, Christian education with the opportunity for the student to matriculate back into a traditional school setting better equipped to succeed.
Edgewood Ranch has had an impact on so many lives in Central Florida since it started in 1966. Read some of the stories of a few of our past Ranchers.
The Ranch was my home for 2 years as a child. Looking back I can see the impact that the Ranch had on my life. I am forever grateful that the Lord provided this temporary home to save me from my environment. I am blessed to have the opportunity to come back and serve at the Ranch and ensure its mission is fulfilled.
Chad A. Barr
Before Edgewood Ranch, I was running with the wrong crowd, I had a 1.5 GPA in school and I got into a lot of fights. During my two years at the Ranch, I earned the Rancher of the Year award and I graduated from High School with a 3.5 GPA. I am now looking toward a bright future because of the staff that poured into my life. Maybe I will be the next Ranch Director.
Edgewood has been one of the biggest factors in the success of my life. Before the Ranch, I was getting ready to go into the Juvenile detention center. I was fighting with my family and I was on an extremely bad path. I'm blessed to have a beautiful family, a company I have run for 20+ years and I am now the new Ranch Director. The Ranch has helped make this possible.