Brehm Preparatory School

Carbondale , Ill.


950 South Brehm Lane
Carbondale , Ill. 62901


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 andresponsibility. 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 twenty-five 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.

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

June 29-July 26, 2014 Brehm Preparatory School's Summer Scenarios: Self-Reliance is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants discover their own strengths as they play essential roles for their tribes in quests and challenges. Through individualized and shared adventures, players explore the environment; learn about sustainability; develop basic survival skills; explore their environment; and delve into academics, assistive technology, art and experiential learning while getting to know their fellow players and uniting as tribes. 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. If your adventurer is 12-18 years old and has a learning disability, then start them on their quest to join Summer Scenarios today! Adventurers enrolled at Brehm Preparatory School's Summer Scenarios come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success including, but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Asperger's Disorder, Communication Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Processing and Memory Deficits, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, and Specific Learning Disability; defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

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