Cherry Gulch

Executive Contact: Andrew Sapp, Ph.D.

Admissions Contact: Krista Zimmerman

Email: drsapp@cherrygulch.org 

Work Phone: (208) 365-3437 

Fax: (208) 365-7235

Website: http://www.cherrygulch.org

Address 1: P.O. Box 678

Address 2: 3770 East Black Canyon Hwy

City: Emmett

State: ID

Zip: 83617

Specific Program Type: Therapeutic Boarding School

Specific Age Range: 10 to 14

Specific Gender Type: Boys Only

Description: Cherry Gulch is passionate about providing early intervention and prevention to help boys reach their full potential and become well-rounded pro-social young men. We are dedicated to providing outstanding academic and therapeutic services to students and their families in the context of a safe, supportive environment and work toward Building Brighter Tomorrows for the Boys of Today.


Cherry Gulch is a ranch style therapeutic boarding school designed specifically for 11 to 14 year old boys. Our services are appropriate for boys with various difficulties including oppositional-defiance, depression, ADHD, learning differences, low self-esteem, poor motivation, anger, anxiety, family conflict, and other behavioral and emotional problems.

A unique therapeutic environment is provided on our beautiful 200 acre ranch, with small animals and horses, where every experience is educational and therapeutic in a fun purposeful environment. We strive to entwine the most effective therapeutic strategies into the student's daily life. We offer at least 10 hours of scheduled therapeutic services a week but much more therapy takes place as life unfolds and a therapeutic moment arises. Our therapeutic services take shape as creative approaches to empirically-based treatments and include individual, group, and family therapy, with experienced doctorate and masters level therapists. We also offer equine assisted psychotherapy and a wide variety of active experiential learning and therapeutic activities. Cherry Gulch utilizes brain based learning strategies in an experiential hands-on learning environment. We offer small class sizes, experienced credentialed teachers, and individualized academic plans. Parents are very important to our program and the success of our students and we offer a number of resources for parents including training them on the structure of our program and helping them implement the same program in their home. We maintain a high staff to student ratio and have highly skilled and compassionate staff.

Individual Psychotherapy Available: Yes

Accreditation Licensure Approval: State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Program Type: Boarding School

Age Range: Young People 12 to 18

Gender Type: Boys Only