Brehm Preparatory School
Breakthrough Solutions. Life-Changing Results.
Known for advancing students with learning challenges where other resources have failed, Brehm’s industry-leading expertise and uniquely holistic approach have resulted in a long history of successful outcomes that set the school apart. To start your child’s journey to success, contact us today.
Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School has been empowering students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential. Designed around the way each child learns best, an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP) integrates cognitive, academic, social, and emotional strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child.
Brehm’s caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12+ into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing boarding school environment where each child feels accepted and supported.
This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners able to succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced multi-faceted lives.
- Graduates that go on to college, vocational or technical schools 85% 85%
- 1:6 average teacher-to-student ratio 16.7% 16.7%
- Statistic #3 90% 90%
- Statistic #4 85% 85%
- Statistic #5 90% 90%
- Statistic #6 50% 50%
- Statistic #7 98% 98%
Why Choose Brehm?
A holistic approach develops the whole child and leads to social, emotional and academic breakthroughs. Once enrolled, a thorough analysis is conducted to determine each student’s unique needs, strengths and challenges – which results in an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP). Designed around the way each child learns best, this plan integrates cognitive, academic, social and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the entire child and unlock his or her potential for lifelong learning and fulfillment.
- Three-tiered curriculum and small class size
- Remedian, Modified, Standard
- Project-Based Learning
- Executive Functioning/Study Skills
- Self-Advocacy Skills
- Student Empowerment
- Accommodations/ Modifications
- Accredited by ISACS and Approved by ISBE
- Anger Management
- Emotional Regulation
- Interpersonal Growth
- Life Skills
- Social Skills Training
- Individual Therapy
- Intensive Social-Skills Groups
- Transition Support
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Female Empowerment Group
- Healthy Lifestyles Committee
- Four Full Time Nurses
- Daily Physical Fitness
- Cardiovascular Endurance
- Muscle Endurance
- Experienced Chef
- Family Style Environment
- Highly Experienced Staff
- Real-Life Teachable Moments
- Independent Thinking
- Independent Living Skills
- Personal Hygiene
- Daily Chores
- Time Management/Making Schedules
- Utilization of Strategies
- Money Management
- Social Skills/Making Friends
The Brehm Education Continuum
High tech meets high touch. Brehm’s 100-acre wireless campus features state-of-the-art learning technologies and software. Each student is provided with an Apple laptop loaded with the latest assistive tools and software through the school’s 1-to-1 Program. Vibrant working relationships with nearby Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and numerous community partners round out the school’s extraordinary range of programs, resources, and activities.
A breakthrough learning methodology that uses intensive cognitive exercises to strenghten learning pathways in the brain. Arrowsmith is grounded in more than three decades of neuroscience research and expertise.
Safe Home Away from Home
Brehm’s holistic boarding environment gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, establish new patterns of behavior, and gain fresh perspectives that increase their self-awareness and self-confidence.
OPTIONS Transitions to Independence is a comprehensive boarding program for post-secondary students with learning disabilities, attention disorders, language-based disorders, and executive functioning deficits.
2020 Summer Program
We make learning fun and develop their academic, social, and emotional skills through a transformative experience. By breaking out of their usual routine, gaining fresh perspectives and making new friends, participants gain a better understanding of the world around them.
Take a Tour of Brehm Preparatory School
The Brehm campus is a very special place. It is a cooperative family style environment where students discover that they share learning differences with others. Additionally, they learn not only from their teachers and dorm parents but from their fellow students as well. As Brehm students learn how to learn together, they also make lifelong friends.
Apply for Admission
Now accepting Fall 2019 Applications.
Brehm Preparatory School is now accepting applications for grades 6-12+. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. We encourage you to start by exploring this website, our blog, and admissions materials to learn more about what makes the Brehm experience unique.
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