Education is a top priority at Gray Wolf Ranch. Setting and achieving educational goals—whether it’s getting a high school diploma or GED, earning college credit, or building job skills—is a powerful way for residents to build their self-esteem and prepare for life after treatment.

We help each resident develop an individual educational plan based on his needs, and provide one-on-one guidance to help him stay on track. Many of our residents have had negative experiences with school in the past or have fallen behind. We work hard to create a positive environment, where residents can take ownership of their education and discover the satisfaction of learning.

Learning Center

The Gray Wolf Learning Center, located in Port Townsend’s Uptown Business District, is staffed and open to Gray Wolf residents 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our board certified teachers are on site to provide help with school work, testing, and career counseling. Depending on their individual plans, students work with their teacher or independently, using the center’s study spaces, computers, scanners, printers, and reference materials.

High School

Residents working at the high school level have a number of options. With our certified teacher as a liaison, they can:

  • Earn high school credit for their work through our partnership with the Port Townsend School District

  • Complete work sent by their home high school, which issues the credit for completed work

  • Take courses through online or independent study programs offered by high schools and universities throughout the U.S.

  • Prepare for and take the GED examination

For High School Graduates

Gray Wolf residents with a high school diploma or a GED can take classes at the local community college, Peninsula College. They can also do directed independent study courses.

Life Skills

Gray Wolf Ranch offers several classes to help residents manage the challenges of daily life, including Nutrition, Stress Management and Personal Finances. These classes are optional, but more than 75 percent of our residents take one or more of them.

Our life skills instructor also offers residents individual help with job searches, resume preparation, and interviewing.