Briar Patch Ranch is a functioning, working farm located on 16 acres in Groveport, OH. Along with all of the agriculture and farming aspects, our unique facility also includes classrooms, meeting rooms, a computer lab, and a workshop; all of which help to provide a (K-12) year round educational resource designed for kids struggling with academics or behavior.

Students who are struggling to maintain focus or thrive in a traditional school, may need a break from their current atmosphere and require a more structured or specific therapy. Our goal is to help students work towards a high school diploma, or until they demonstrate their capability to return to a less restrictive learning environment.

Some examples of diagnosed conditions/behavioral issues children suffer that make them excellent candidates for our program include :

  • Autism
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Entitlement issues
  • Expulsion
  • Hostility towards family
  • Irresponsibility
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of respect
  • Low self-esteem
  • ODD
  • PTSD
  • Truancy
  • Unmanageable Behavior

In addition to providing a specialized educational environment for students, the farm plays an integral role in making it possible for much of the "school work" to be hands-on, experimental, relevant, and collaborative. Students learn important skills in day-to-day lessons on the farm. The farm, with its projects and chores, provides real-life activities that support the transition from an educational program to life in the real world.

We have designed our program to meet the following objectives :

  • to teach students how to learn and think analytically
  • to teach decision making for a positive future
  • to guide each student into career decisions appropriate to their abilities and gifts
  • to give students a quality education in preparation to be productive members of society
  • to meet the requirements for graduation as set forth by the state of Ohio