Valley Springs Youth Ranch

(573) 269-4291

Valley Springs Youth Ranch provides residential treatment for young men ages 6-21 by utilizing behavior modification and therapeutic services. To more effectively meet the needs of clients,  three levels of programming are offered.


The Girls’ Program at Valley Springs Youth Ranch is a Level III and IV structured programs that combine therapeutic residential treatment with opportunities for learning practical skills such as preparing menus and cooking, laundry, money management and other life skills.  The girls attend school at the Lesterville Public School, Ranch Campus with the opportunity to attend the public school with the recommendation of the Ranch Campus staff and the treatment team which includes the therapist, case manager, direct care staff and program director. When they achieve the appropriate level, they may participate in Lesterville Public School sports teams.


Education at Valley Springs Youth Ranch is provided by Lesterville Public School. The Ranch Campus is fully accredited and offers small classes, individualized plans, and mastery learning including accelerated reading and math programs. All of our teachers are certified in Special Education. Ranch Campus students are eligible for team sports and other extra-curricular activities.

Therapeutic Services

All residents are provided with an individual licensed therapist who is available for weekly individual therapy. Daily group therapy is provided as well. In addition, therapeutic services may include treatment for substance abuse, trauma therapy, anger management, crisis intervention, grief and family therapy.


Valley Springs offers a wide variety of activities including horseback riding, camping, canoeing, swimming, fishing, painting and team sports. Soccer and basketball camps are held every summer. Residents also have the opportunity to work with animals including horses, a dog, donkeys, llamas, chickens and goats.