Most of you already know Zachery! We started therapy at the age of 2 and entered school at 3. He was mostly non-verbal until he was about 8. He was held back in 3rd grade because he failed the FCATs, although his grades were always A's and B's. The public school system decided to mainstream him for Middle School and we thought, "This was it!! What we've been waiting for!" That year, 1 teacher, 30 students, was a disaster. Nothing but D's and F's and 3 phone calls a week. They wanted to send him to an EBD (Extreme Behavioral Disorders) class, which they told us in the same sentence, was "not where he belongs, but this is where we're sending him." After 10 years and 8 schools, we decided public school was not going to work for him. We looked several private schools and ended up at Hope Youth Ranch. He loved the horses, and the small classrooms was what sold it for me. At Hope Ranch Learning Academy, he started in 7th grade with a 4th grade Reading level and 5th grade Math. After completing his 4th year, 10th grade, he is now at the 10th grade level! He has also been able to learn about God and his faith, which is something I could not give him!! The progress he has made, educationally, socially and spiritually has been amazing! It all started with "Discovery Day!" The school has not only changed Zachery's life, but for all of us who experienced the challenges that he has faced and overcome!!
I now work at Hope Ranch as well, and it is the best job I could ever hope for. The generosity, love, support, care and selflessness I see on a daily basis is absolutely amazing. I could not be more blessed to be involved with such an establishment!!!
"Discovery Day" is the first stop for our students and their families. Let's make it a memorable one!!
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