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.

About Brehm

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
  • Empowerment
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Growth
  • Life Skills
  • Social Skills Training
  • Individual Therapy
  • Intensive Social-Skills Groups
  • Transition Support
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Female Empowerment Group
  • Healthy Lifestyles Committee
  • Four Full Time Nurses
  • Nutrition
  • Daily Physical Fitness
  • Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle Endurance
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Sports
  • 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.

News & Updates

Brehm Running Club Practice #1

Brehm Running Club Practice #1 6 SEPTEMBER, 2018 The Brehm Running Club’s first practice was a BLAST! After updating their For Kids’ Sake (FKS) 5K Fundly fundraising pages and choosing the events they want to run in the Community Fun & Fitness Relays (CFFR),  the...

Academic Student Orientation

Academic Student Orientation 28 AUGUST, 2018 The second day of Academic Student Orientation week, Head of Education and Student Services, Terri Douglas led a lesson with the whole student body about the steps students can use for growth in the intellectual, emotional,...

River to River Farm

River to River Farm 17 JULY, 2018 Brehm students visited Tam and John Pirmann at River to River Farm in Tunnel Hill!  Tam gave us a tour of the barn with the milking stand for their goats.  She told us about their milk and how they kept their goats safe and cared for...

Crab Orchard: Archery and Pollinator Garden

Crab Orchard: Archery and Pollinator Garden 11 JULY, 2018 Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge offered Brehm students the opportunity to participate in their archery program and learn about their on-site pollinator garden.  For archery instruction, Dana led our...

Touch of Nature field trip: Dip netting and Interpretive Hike

Touch of Nature field trip: Dip netting and Interpretive Hike 10 JULY, 2018 Summer campers visited Touch of Nature to participate in an interpretive hike and dip netting workshop.  We split into two groups and flipped activities when we finished. Nora led the dip...

Dayempur Farm, Center for Sustainable Living

Dayempur Farm, Center for Sustainable Living 10 & 19 JULY, 2018 Brehm students visited Dayempur Farm, Center for Sustainable Living, in Anna for two Thursday mornings during our summer program.  Mark talked to our campers about Dayempur as a community, how they...

Ancestral Skills Summer Program 2018

Ancestral Skills Summer Program 2018 28 JUNE, 2018 We brought in an expert, Greg Nejmanowski, from Touch of Nature to show campers ancient tools and replicas to understand how our ancestors created and used items for survival.  We divided into tribes to practice...

Brehm’s Graduation 2018

Brehm's Graduation 2018 1 JUNE, 2018 The 2017-18 school year has flown by with many eventful and promising opportunities and challenges. Participating in the graduation for the Class of 2018 was a powerful way to close the school year.   As a Brehm...

June 2018 – Early Milestones in the Dorm Renovations

Early Milestones in the Dorm Renovations 12 JUNE, 2018 D.A.L. Construction and a team of sub-contractor have had a busy 2 weeks of work in Dorms 1 & 3. Armed with shovels, hammers, jack-hammers, and saws; the crew started to bring down walls on June 4th. It is...

2018 Youth Business Fair

2018 Youth Business Fair 5 MAY, 2018 Brehm Preparatory School hosted our first ever Youth Business Fair on Saturday, May 5th. Brehm students developed a brand, created a product or service, built a marketing strategy, and then opened for customers at our one-day...

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