15005 Highway 199 Phone: 707-954-5601
Gasquet, CA 95543 Fax: 707-465-5116
School Description & Mission Statement
Bar-O Boys School, a Del Norte County Office of Education program, is a school for boys who are wards of the court.
The courts of various counties throughout Northern California assign students to Bar-O. The camp and school program provides a very powerful experience in taking personal responsibility. The Del Norte County Office of Education provides the instructional staff to the school, which serves boys between the ages of thirteen and eighteen (grades seven through twelve).
Bar-O was established in 1956. The ranch lies on 40 acres of land situated within the Six Rivers National Forest. Bar-O School is an integral part of Bar-O Boys’ Ranch which is a community resource for minors who need a non-secure confinement. The ranch provides a safe, protective environment, and promotes individual responsibility and accountability on the part of minors while encouraging professional excellence of the staff. The boys at the ranch are between the ages of 13-18. All of the boys are wards of the court, committed to Bar-O under Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. Wards are accepted from various California counties. Bar-O is a full-day program that operates throughout the year. Emphasis is placed on improving each student’s basic reading, writing, speaking, spelling, and mathematics problem solving skills. In addition to regular academic classes, Bar-O offers classes in culinary arts, wood shop, forestry, photography, leather crafts, kayaking, and screen printing.
Bar-O is a court school program. Most of the students are residents of counties throughout Northern California. As a
Court School, parents have limited opportunities for parental involvement. Parents are contacted by staff regarding academic progress, Individualized Educational Plans (IEP), and to plan student transitions back to their home counties.