Programs and Services


Juveniles accepted may be required to have the following information before admission, but at least within 30 days: psychological evaluation, school and/or training transcript, medical and dental records, social history information, social security number, custody order, immunization records, medical insurance or Medicaid cards.

Download/print these forms. Provide the necessary information and return to Lighthouse Ranch for Boys:

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For Professionals

The Lighthouse Ranch has worked with hundreds of at risk youth since 1979. The Ranch is a Class "A" Residential Facility licensed to work with at risk young men ages 12-17.

Our residential facilities are based on the family living model, where young men live with others facing similar challenges, along with a set of Resident Supervisors. This environment helps troubled youth come to terms with their situation and make internal changes that will last a lifetime.

Making the commitment to place your child at the Ranch is a big decision.  Parents usually talk to us after all other options have failed.  We understand that you have a lot of questions, and our staff is available to provide any information you might need to make an informed decision. We want you to be comfortable with the decision to place your child at the Ranch.

Lighthouse Ranch offers a revolving door admissions program, meaning teens can come to the program at any time in the calendar year. While we accept new residents 365 days a year, space is limited.

Your son may be placed at Lighthouse Ranch in one of two ways:

The first way is to be appointed through the court system. If your son has committed a crime and is currently involved with the county, parish or state court system(s), you may have some influence on where your son will ultimately be placed by making a request to the social worker or public defender assigned to your son's case. If given the opportunity you may be able to speak directly to the judge and request that he be placed at Lighthouse Ranch.

The second way is through voluntary enrollment. If your son is not yet involved in the court system but you are concerned that he is on the wrong path and in need of direction you may choose to place him at Lighthouse Ranch voluntarily. To find out if our facility is a good match for your son, please download and complete the forms below.

Besides being one of the most competitively priced youth residential care centers in the state of Louisiana, Lighthouse Ranch offers dozens of unique, value-added programs that will enhance each student's experience, and give them more opportunities for success.

Lighthouse Ranch for Boys is a community based residential treatment facility and program for boys 12 through 17 years of age. As well as developing alternatives to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, the Ranch employs an evidence-based, healthy life style program that focuses on improving the health and leadership outlook for the boys.

The Lighthouse Ranch for Boys is:
● Recognized by the State of Louisiana USA as a non-profit corporation
● Recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.
● Recognized by the LA Dept of Children and Family Services as a Class "A" Child Residential facility.

Lighthouse Christian Academy- Certifications & Achievements

● Has Level II Certification with ACTS (Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, a division of UPCI)
● Accredited by ICSAP (International Christian School Accrediting Program)
● Approved by Tangipahoa Parish School System (State of Louisiana) as an alternative educational program
● Approved as a Model School with Accelerated Christian Education
● Accredited Status with the School of Tomorrow
● Registered with the Louisiana Department of Education (as a nonpublic school)
● Registered with the U. S. Department of Education , Office of non-public education through the Private School Universe Survey
● Participates in the CAT (California Achievement Testing) placement program
● Participates in the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) College Board/college admission testing
● Offers choice of four high school diplomas: Vocational, General, Honor, and College Preparatory
● Places strong emphasis on academic excellence, vocational diversity, character building, and health & fitness

Referral sources:

Currently most boys at the Ranch have been privately placed.  A small percentage are placed by the Court system.  We encourage a minimum stay of one year.  A service plan is designed to address specific need of each boy.  Our goal is reunite each boy with his family if and when possible.  The Ranch welcomes referrals from school counselors, ministers, law enforcement officers, parents, grandparents and others.