Welcome to Brehm School – a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve. Since 1982, in partnership with families just like yours, Brehm has been successfully teaching students with language-based and 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.

Delivering a Holistic Individualized Special Education

Brehm has been successfully educating children and teenagers with learning disabilities for more than thirty years. 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 during and after their academic day is finished. Brehm’s class sizes range from 1 to 8 students with the addition of after-school tutoring if needed or requested by parents. An assortment of activities are scheduled for students after their school day, which maintains structure, social interactions, and countless teachable moments for our students. This approach to educating students with LDs addresses the whole student, not just one component. By attending to the students’ social, emotional, and academic needs, in combination with a family-style boarding school, Brehm’s success and student outcomes continually raise the bar in LD education.

In recognition of this specialized and effective program, the U.S. Department of Education has named Brehm Preparatory School a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

An important message to our Brehm community:

March, 18th, 2018

Brian P. Brown Ph.D. 

To the Brehm Community:

Empowering students with learning disabilities to reach their potential has been my life’s work, and it has been an honor to do that work for the past thirty years right here in Carbondale at Brehm Preparatory School.  During that time, I was fortunate to learn from, watch and support the school’s growth under the leadership of Richard Collins Ph.D. and was honored to be coached and mentored to succeed him.

With that in mind, I have talked with the Board and made the challenging but important decision to make this 30th year my final one at Brehm, effective immediately.  I am proud of the work I have done in our community and the leadership I have provided over the past five years as Executive Director.  The School is in the right place for the next phase in its journey, just as I am in the right place and time to focus on pursuing other interests.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all that my family and I have gained from being part of the Brehm community.  It is a special and unique place that changes all of our lives. I appreciate the opportunities Brehm School has afforded me over the years, and I wish Brehm the best in this next phase of its journey.

Stacy Brehm Tate
President, Board of Trustees
Brehm Preparatory School, Inc.

To the Brehm Community:

The Brehm Preparatory School Board of Trustees today announce that we have accepted the resignation of Dr. Brian Brown as Executive Director.

Stacy Brehm Tate, Chair of the Board said, “We honor and celebrate Brian’s thirty years of service to our students and their families.  We are grateful for what Brian has contributed during his time with us and we wish him well in his future endeavors.  As you read in his resignation letter, Dr. Brown’s dedication and passion was evident in the work that he did and the countless lives that he touched. Both Brian and the board share a love and deep respect for Brehm and its students, parents, and staff.”

Although we are sad to see Dr. Brown transition from his position with our school, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the Leadership Team, who will be taking the lead on seeing that our school continues to run true to its mission and continue our strategic plan, providing excellent care and support to our students and families.

Communications and introductions from the Leadership Team will follow this announcement (Clatus Bierman, Terri Douglas, Jennifer Phillips and Char Reed).  Please feel free to reach out to any one of them to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Char Reed can be reached at:
( 618 ) 549 – 4201

Clatus Bierman, Terri Douglas, and Jennifer Phillips can be reached at:
( 618 ) 457 – 0371


Brehm Mission

Our mission is to empower students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lives…

by fostering a family environment where the educational, social, health, wellness, 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, researchers
and the professional community.

Brehm Summer Program

Student enrolled at Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Program 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), 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.

If your child is 12-18 years old and has a learning disability, then start them enroll in the Brehm Summer Scenarios today!

Brehm Arrowsmith Program

In addition to its full complement of programming, Brehm is offering the Brehm Arrowsmith Program to its students. The Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises.(1)Arrowsmith Program | http://www.arrowsmithschool.org/arrowsmithprogram/index.html   The Arrowsmith Program identifies, intervenes and strengthens the weak cognitive capacities that affect learning. Students are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities, and after work in the program, it is not uncommon for students to function without special education assistance or program accommodations. The Arrowsmith Program has proven effective for students having difficulty with reading, writing, and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem-solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. More information can be found on our “Brehm Arrowsmith Program” page.

 Brehm History

With the help of professionals in the learning disability field, Mrs. Carol Brehm founded Brehm Preparatory School in 1982. Mrs. Brehm was the mother of Tyson Brehm, a high-school student with learning disabilities whose unique needs were not addressed by the public school system or by traditional boarding schools.

Despite the radical changes in the campus, student population, and personnel, the mission and vision have remained constant and true to Carol Brehm’s dream. Her passion and spirit continue to be a motivating presence, guiding leadership and stakeholders on a daily basis and in long-range strategic planning.

A School that Specializes in Learning Disabilities

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. Even among these other speciality schools Brehm’s approach, resources, experience, contributions to the scientific community, and student outcomes stand out.

Brehm can successfully help children with learning disabilities manage and develop strategies for lifelong learning. The previous link lists some of the common diagnoses students come to Brehm with as well as some information on each, such as: perceptual disabilities, brain injury (TBI), minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, developmental aphasia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD), nonverbal learning disability (NLD NVLD), communication disorders, auditory processing disorders, processing and memory deficits and related issues such as Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, depression, etc.. This is not comprehensive but is intended to give prospective parents more information in their quest for the best possible school for their child/children with LD.

A Special Approach to LD Education

A Special ApproachBrehm employs a holistic approach by evaluating the individual needs of each student throughout the academic year. Students enrolled at Brehm School come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success. Brehm specializes in the whole student and a wide range of learning disabilities, some of which can be found on our “What are learning disabilities” page. Learning disabilities are not just a difference or difficulty with learning, it is defined as a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information.(2)National Center for Learning Disabilities | https://www.ncld.org/understanding-learning-and-attention-issues#ch1howcommon

There are many different types of specific learning disabilities outlined and there is often no cure, but poses a lifelong challenge. Each student is unique with unique circumstances and is affected differently. The goal is to educate the student in what way works best for them and give them an understanding of what and how this affects them. Brehm highlights the students’ strengths and gives the students the confidence to use them.

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 and assistive technology (which each student is issued upon admission) such as Dragon Dictate, Kurzweil 3000, Fast ForWord, and Inspiration just to name a few. Brehm’s faculty and staff are specially trained to educate students with nonverbal learning disability (NVLD NLD) challenges. Brehm is actively and continually involved in special education research and improving student outcomes using data-driven decisions. Brehm participates in and contributes to numerous scientific conferences around the world that relate to education, learning disabilities, and technology.

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