Red Rock Canyon School on its Sweet Sixteen


ST. GEORGE, Utah — Red Rock Canyon School announced plans for an upcoming celebration of its 16 years spent providing important, highly effective help to teens and their families. To be held from October 11 to 13, the event will give teachers, counselors and others at the school an opportunity to reconnect with some of the 4,000-plus students from all around the world who have benefited over the years from the school’s services and supportive environment.

“We love to get graduation notices, wedding and birth announcements, and letters from our former students who want to share their milestones with us,” Red Rock Canyon School Admissions Counselor Kathy Michaels said, “We’ve even had many former students stop by for a visit years later. That is what makes all the hard work worth it, and we look forward to catching up with many more former students at the celebration of our 16th anniversary this October.”

The Red Rock Canyon School is owned by the family of founder Frank Habibian, a graduate of Southern Utah University who arrived in the United States from Iran alone at the age of 16 in the early 1960s. In addition to top-quality traditional education, the school provides residential psychiatric treatment and round-the-clock monitoring to people aged 12 through 18 whose needs exceed those outpatient clinics and programs are able to accommodate.

With many formerly troubled alumni having gone on to graduate from prestigious colleges, successfully pursue demanding careers, and start families of their own, the Red Rock Canyon School’s record is an impressive one. Emphasizing the inherent worth of each student, the school’s highly trained teachers, counselors, clinical professionals and other dedicated staff members entirely forgo the kinds of negativity and punitive tools sometimes associated with programs that target teens facing the greatest challenges.

That approach has proven to be so effective that the school’s founders have gone on to establish three other, more specialized centers: Falcon Ridge Ranch, where young women overcome emotional wounds with the aid of equestrian treatment; the Mount Pleasant Academy, where teenage boys receive help dealing with destructive sexual behaviors like addiction to pornography; and Lava Heights Academy, where boys and girls aged 12 through 18 engage in therapeutic music, drama, visual arts, and dance as ways of coming to grips with their problems.

In addition to providing such important help to thousands of teenagers over the years, the Red Rock Canyon School has consistently been recognized as a highly positive force in the southwestern Utah community. One of the largest employers in all of Washington County, the school provides rewarding, fulfilling work for dozens of people ranging from teachers and clinicians to degree-seeking college students who benefit from the great flexibility employment with the school affords them.


The school and its owners also contribute generously to charitable causes in the area, in addition to hosting an annual Thanksgiving Dinner that has become a highlight of the season for residents of St. George and elsewhere in Washington County. Red Rock Canyon School founder Frank Habibian was even honored personally for his many contributions to the community at last year’s Dixie State University commencement, having also endowed that institution with an athletic center named in his honor.

The upcoming Red Rock Canyon School celebration of 16 years of service will therefore be an important and memorable occasion for everyone associated with the school, from students past and present to staff members, as well as to the wider community. The event will be held at the school’s campus in St. George from October 11 through 13, with further information to follow as details are finalized.

15 Providing supportive structure and positive treatments that go far beyond what outpatient programs offer, the Red Rock Canyon School has helped thousands of teenagers heal and overcome their challenges, guiding them toward maturity and fulfilling, resilient adult lives.

Media Contact:

Kathy Michaels
St. George, UT, 84770
Telephone: 435-673-6111