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Athletics:  Basketball, racquetball, rock climbing, judo, bowling, lacrosse, golf, running club, skiing/snowboarding, and BMX are just some of the sports our students enjoy.  Some of our teams will compete against other organized teams in the area.

Other Activities:  Horseback riding, rafting, swimming, geo-caching, Entrepreneurs Club , Electronics Club, hiking/camping, fishing, gardening, weekend trips, various games, building projects, drag racing (spectator), work study program, field trips, mentoring program to teach younger children to read, elderly visitation program, movies, museums, and other activities in Boise.

Our students and their accomplishments are the pride of Cherry Gulch. It is our great pleasure to take them from troubled, defiant youth to articulate, well-adjusted young men. Cherry Gulch was designed to address the needs of a specific group of youth. Because of this, there are some guidelines that we use to aid in the admittance process.

Ideal Candidates:

We are a therapeutic boarding school for boys only. The average age of our students is 13 years-old. We accept relatively mature 10 year-olds to immature 14 year-olds and occasionally we will consider accepting a very immature 15 year-old who is emotionally/psychologically a good fit for our school and our latency age students. If you have a 15 year-old who would get eaten alive by a public high school Cherry Gulch may be a good fit for them. The faculty and staff at Cherry Gulch are passionate about early intervention and prevention and want to help you get your son back on the right path before their behaviors become more severe and entrenched. We are equipped to handle very difficult students as well as "softer" students with more internalizing behaviors. We are an ADHD boarding school that knows how to cater to your troubled child. We are also prepared academically to work with students with learning difficulties and those that are brilliant academically. Our students are good boys with bright futures who have great potential. However, at the time of enrollment they are experiencing difficulties in their life and have used maladaptive coping strategies as a way of dealing with their anger, depression and frustration. Difficulties our students struggle with may include:

    Abuse or Neglect
    Adoption Issues
    Asperger's (Mild to Moderate)
    Autism Spectrum Disorders (Mild)
    Authority Conflict
    Bipolar Disorder
    Bereavement Issues (Grief)
    Disruptive Behavior Disorder
    Divorce Issues
    Drug/Alcohol (Mild)
    Executive Functioning problems
    Family Conflict
    Lack of Respect
    Learning Disabilities
    Limited Life Skills
    Low Motivation
    Low Self-Esteem
    Mood Disorder
    Negative Attitude
    Negative Peer Association
    Nonverbal Learning Disability
    Oppositional Defiant
    Pervasive Development Disorder (Mild to Moderate)
    Processing difficulties
    Poor Coping Skills
    Poor Social Skills
    Reactive Attachment Disorder (Mild to Moderate)
    School Problems
    Suicidal Thoughts or Statements

Students that may be inappropriate for placement at Cherry Gulch include those who are over 15-years-old at the time of admission or who have been involved with the Juvenile Justice System or Department of Corrections. We do not accept students with the following difficulties:

    Adjudicated Youth (Students with Criminal Records)
    Actively Suicidal, Homicidal, or Psychotic
    Anorexia (Medium to Severe)
    Bulimia  (Medium to Severe)
    Autistic (Medium to Severe)
    Conduct Disorder
    Drug Addiction
    IQ below 80
    Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Disorders
    Sexual Offenders
    Students who are dangerous and pose a risk to other students
    Students who would be diagnosed with a Personality Disorder if they fit the age requirement (Antisocial, Schizoid, Schizotypal, Borderline, etc)
    Street smart gang members
    Students who have serious behaviors such as using cocaine and other hard drugs, stealing cars, or running away from home for days at a time.
    We do not accept students who would be more appropriately placed with a population that is older than ours.
    We do not accept students who we do not think are right for our school or who we do not think we can help.
    We do not accept students who we feel will have a consistently negative influence on our younger, "softer," more impressionable students.