The way your child learns best

An Individualized Holistic Education Plan

Upon enrollment, Brehm conducts a thorough assessment of each student’s needs, strengths, and challenges, which results in an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP). Designed around the way each child learns best, this plan integrates academic, social, and emotional strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child and unlock his or her potential for lifelong learning.

“Brehm educates the whole child. They really look at the students’ individual needs and teach them the way they learn best.”

Each student is assigned a Faculty Advisor who becomes his or her personal advocate and mentor. The Faculty Advisors are made up of the Academic Staff and are typically a teacher who the student has in class. The Advisors are experts who deeply understand each student’s history, strengths, challenges, and personality. The Faculty Advisor also works to coordinate school resources, providing support and guidance to their advisees throughout their Brehm experience.

This highly individualized and uniquely holistic approach produces students who have 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.

Each student is embraced by a team of academic, clinical, student life staff, and advisors working in unison to empower students to recognize and achieve their full potential.

Academic

Departments

Brehm Faculty working with LD students

English Department

The English Department provides individualized instruction for students with learning disabilities in the core knowledge of literature, writing, and grammar. The curriculum seeks to provide students with the skills necessary to become independent readers, writers, and thinkers.

 

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Science Department

The Science Department believes that a foundation in scientific questioning and investigation is the platform from which all effective learning takes place. Understanding the scientific method as it pertains to science concepts can then be generalized into other disciplines such as history and literature. These same skills are the cornerstone of problem-solving throughout a student’s daily life.

 

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Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology Department strives to integrate technology with existing Brehm curricula whenever possible to enhance the learning of students with learning disabilities. Through using multiple modalities, programs, and strategies, it is possible to create a unique learning plan and allow classroom teachers to better differentiate instruction for their students. This department’s duties can be discussed in three components: student support, staff support, and administrative duties.

 

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Social Studies Department

In keeping with the Brehm school mission, it is the goal of the Brehm Social Studies Department to empower students further to become responsible citizens in an ever-growing and complex society. To become responsible citizens, students are taught using a holistic approach that focuses on teaching how everyone plays a vital role in society, addressing critical issues in the world, making decisions using democratic principles, and learning the skills that are necessary for civic participation.

 

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Mathematics Department

The Brehm Department of Mathematics is focused upon meeting the diverse needs of students with learning disabilities. The core concern of Brehm’s mission revolves around empowerment. For many of our students, mathematics has been a source of anxiety, frustration, and oftentimes, failure. Therefore, for students to develop an internal locus of control and to be empowered in this curriculum area, we must often begin with developing the sense that mathematics is both a worthwhile endeavor and success is an attainable goal.

 

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Special Programs Department

It is not easy to fit special subjects into schedules already packed with core classes, remedial course work, and pull-outs for speech-language, assistive technology, transition planning, counseling, and medical appointments. This demand is offset by offering seven class periods a day. Brehm staff believe that special subjects are crucial for our students to develop strengths that may not lie in traditional academics.

 

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Learning Disability Program

Because Brehm’s mission is to empower students with learning disabilities, the entire program is designed to provide instruction and supports that attend to their multivarious needs. The Learning Disability is comprised of two classes, Advisement and Learning Cognition. 

 

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Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program has decades of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen learning capacities through a program of targeted cognitive exercises designed to improve verbal and mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding.

 

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