Brehm Preparatory School

1245 East Grand Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
United States
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Welcome to Brehm School - a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school with a staff of 150. We limit our focus to 90 students a year. Since 1982, in partnership with families just like yours, Brehm has been successfully teaching students with language-based and complex learning disabilities to “learn how to learn.” Our “family style” 24/7 school is uniquely designed to foster independence and responsibility. Where other schools have failed students, Brehm delivers success.

Brehm students go on to college, find fulfilling careers and become successful entrepreneurs.

Brehm has more than 30 years of experience in learning disabilities education. This experience has shown that a boarding school environment is the most effective way for students with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential. Brehm offers extensive individualized support to monitor and care for students after their academic day is finished. After school tutoring is available if needed or requested by parents, and an assortment of activities are scheduled for students after their school day. In recognition of this specialized program, the U.S. Department of Education named Brehm School a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Brehm was the only boarding school to be honored.

Brehm School is a private boarding school for students with learning disabilities. Our mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lifetime. Brehm employs a holistic approach by evaluating the individual needs of each student throughout the academic year. Students enrolled at Brehm School have various learning disabilities from dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, aphasia, aspergers, nonverbal learning disorders (NLD), visual processing, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, anxiety disorder, auditory processing disorder, speed of processing disorders, and dysphasia. Brehm’s diverse staff customizes a program for each student’s needs, which makes Brehm a leading innovator among schools for learning disabilities. To help students achieve their goals, Brehm faculty trains students to use assistive software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 3000, My Reading Coach, Fast ForWord, and Inspiration.

Brehm’s faculty and staff are especially trained to educate students with nonverbal learning disability challenges. Administration manages student enrollment so that faculty and staff have the time and resources to give students individualized support. Classroom sizes range from just one to eight students per class. Brehm’s administration team also continuously researches student learning disabilities, which is a primary reason that so many of Brehm’s graduating LD students continue their education after graduation.

Private schools for LD students are often the only way that children with learning disabilities get a chance to discover what they are truly capable of doing with their lives. The truth is that most public and private schools are unable to give students with learning disabilities the help they need. Schools for learning disability students, on the other hand, are set up with small classes and a great deal of individual attention. At Brehm School each student receives individualized instruction that provides the strategies and techniques to overcome his or her specific challenges.

Brehm also offers a four-week summer program. Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Scenarios: Self-Reliance is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants become self sufficient exploring basic survival skills, learn to survive as a tribe as they explore their environment, and get to know their fellow players through shared adventures as they prepare themselves for the ultimate test – surviving a zombie invasion. Rich in creativity and filled with adventure, Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Program awaits its heroes and heroines. Whether your adventurer is a noble hero, a courageous warrior, a strong leader, a willing follower or a lone pilgrim, he or she is sure to advance, succeed, learn, grow and have an unforgettable adventure.

Contact Admissions at (618) 457-0371, ext 1304 or email for more information.

Brehm’s mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lifetime.

By fostering a family environment where the educational, social, and emotional needs of each student are addressed through a focused, holistic program. Through a partnership among students, administration, faculty, staff, parents, the board, alumni, and the community.

Core Values
To accomplish this mission, we place high value on:
Student empowerment
Strategies for interactive problem-solving
Ongoing, open communication
Staff development
Continuous improvement of programs
Financial stability
A safe environment

What are Complex Learning Disabilities?
Brehm uses the term "complex" learning disabilities in recognition that students experience difficulties in multiple areas of functioning. Brehm’s holistic program focuses on the combined academic, social and emotional effects of having a learning disability.

Our students often have multiple diagnoses affecting their performance with the core issue of having a language-based etiology. We recognize the combined effects of learning disabilities (LD)/attention deficit disorder (ADD), language based processing issues, executive function issues and the social and psychological implications of not being successful in an academic environment. Brehm offers direct interventions for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), aspergers, anxiety disorder, tourettes, auditory processing disorder, speed of processing disorders and interventions requiring behavioral and emotional support as it relates to academic issues.

Brehm Preparatory School has rolling admissions.
Brehm admits students throughout the year based on availability.
Once all records are received, a review takes only one to two weeks to complete.