|In 1987 Mace-Kingsley
Ranch School was established with the purpose to help kids in trouble.
To achieve this purpose, it was vital to create a safe environment, away
from the influences that led the kids astray in the first place. They needed
constructive and challenging activities to raise their pride and self respect.
A ranch environment totally fit all those requirements.
Mace-Kingsley Ranch School is a private boarding school in the State of New Mexico. It is co-educational and nonsectarian. Our students range in ages from 8 to 17. We typically have a ratio of 25% girls to 75% boys. We have open enrollment so students can enroll at any time.
The Ranch is located on 18,000 acres in the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico. Mountains covered with pine and juniper forests create a peaceful environment ideal for hiking and camping. The ranch buildings provide a total of 15,000 square feet of living space. The livestock facilities hold up to 500 head of cattle. There are two large barns, an indoor riding arena, a rodeo arena, stalls and paddocks for our horses.
There are two ranch compounds. The one we call the Lower Ranch has the barns, riding area and the boys' bunk houses. The administrative offices are also located here. The other compound, about two miles up the mountain, has a 5,000 square foot, two story ranch house and a stable. The girls' dorm is here. Security personal are posted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the safety and security of the students. We maintain an approximate 1 to 1 ratio of staff to students.
Ranch life is rugged, but the students thrive in this environment. They all benefit from the clean mountain air, nutritious ranch style food and challenging environment.