Our Programs

Rancho Cielo offers students hands-on vocational training as well as high school education in partnership with John Muir Charter Schools, a WASC-accredited charter school based in Nevada County, California. 

Why Study At

Rancho Cielo?

Students learn in a safe, structured small learning community with individualized instruction to complete their high school diploma, GED® (General Education Development) test or HiSet® (High School Equivalency Test), and gain work experience and transferable occupational skills in a vocational program of their choice.

Rancho Cielo cultivates a goal-oriented atmosphere for students, providing tailored programs and services to meet their unique needs. Each student receives a personalized graduation plan, fostering their path to success. Students also receive opportunities for leadership development and gain knowledge in community awareness, personal wellness and job readiness.

Questions? Contact our Recruitment Coordinator at recruitment@ranchocieloyc.org or call (831) 444-2350. 

Benefits of All Programs

  • Comprehensive case management and mentorship.
  • Mental health counseling, medical referrals and legal assistance.
  • Nutritious daily meals and clothing support. 
  • Transportation within the Salinas area and from MST transit station. Bus passes available.
  • Driver’s education.
  • Inclusive, culturally affirming curriculum.
  • Soft skills, basic computer skills and life skills.
  • College and career transition support (financial aid applications, internships and job referrals).
  • Engaging activities (bike maintenance, dog training, beekeeping, equestrian skills), field trips and guest speakers. 

Montiel (left) - Auto & Diesel Repair
Gonzalez (right) - Welding & Fabrication

Student Spotlight

Natalia Montiel and Julie Gonzalez

Sisters Natalia Montiel and Julie Gonzalez both found a supportive community they needed at Rancho Cielo. Gonzalez initially discovered the Drummond Culinary Academy in 2017, but has since transitioned to Welding & Fabrication, which she is projected to graduate from in spring 2024. Her peers were a lifeline, and now she feels like she is thriving. As long as they come with open minds, “this is an opportunity for youth to improve their lives,” she says.

In 2022, Montiel was struggling at home and with academics when her Salinas High School counselor introduced her to Rancho Cielo. With the help of her case manager and the on-site mental health professional, Montiel says her life has “improved in the loveliest way possible.” She is currently working toward completing the Auto & Diesel Repair program and plans to graduate alongside her sister in the spring.