Phil

The faculty, staff, and administrators are passionate about their calling and our child has reaped those rewards. She has been challenged and supported by each of her amazing teachers. Our daughter has grown so much academically and socially. Thanks to OPTIONS, she has been given the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed in an amazing nurturing environment. The formative experience in this wonderful school is unique in the country and is an exceptional value. I honestly don’t know if you can find a place where the teachers and staff love their students more.

Phil
Parent

Phil

Brehm Parent

Armen, Brehm Alumnus

As the years go by, my family and I continue to reflect and agree attending Brehm was one of the best things done for me. The faculty are truly invested, and never stop providing insight and recourses to prepare one for success. Academically, Brehm lets you explore your strengths, from taking specific courses at Brehm while accommodating deficits, not by ignoring them. They spend extra time explaining material fitted for one’s learning style and preparing one for self-learning post-graduation.

Armen

Brehm Alumnus

Veteran and Troop Appreciation Day

Veteran and Troop Appreciation Day

On November 3, 2022, the campus took a trip to West Frankfort National Guard Armory. The idea for this trip spawned from a conversation with me and, Director of Academics Bradley Becque. Bradley wanted to do something more appreciative of the armed forces than usual; thank you to those staff members that have and are still serving. I offered a trip to the Armory, where I have worked for the past 11 years. He was all for it, so we both worked out the logistics on our separate ends and had a trip.

Once the staff and students arrived, three other soldiers and I met them. They were then shown how to fall into a typical Miltary formation and divided into four squads. Each squad then rotated between 4 stations where they learned about and tried on different pieces of equipment, a few items to name including Body Armor, Helmets, Sleeping Bags, and Night Vision Goggles.

After completing the equipment tour, we moved into the Army Combat Fitness Challenge. The fitness test is the test we take twice a year to measure our physical fitness levels and meet the standards involved in the military. The actual test comprises six events: the Deadlift, Power Throw, Hand Release Push-Ups, Sprint-Drag-Carry, Leg Tuck, and a 2-mile run. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, we only did the first 5.

Deadlift

Power Throw

Hand Release Push Up

Spring Drag and Carry

The Plank

Watching students participate alongside staff and try their all in the events was inspiring and uplifting. After the fitness test, it was lunchtime, and everyone had a choice between thier packed lunch and an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat). It turned into a time of excitement and curiosity, and everyone opened thier meals to see what the packaging was like and how to eat the food and asked me personally how I would go about eating the meal they had to choose.

In the end, everyone did so well that the school was invited to come back every year and occasionally throughout the year. Later we did a small reflection, and all students had a positive outlook on the day; some were even inspired by how they did in the fitness test and began conversations about working out more and going to the gym. There were also prize army backpacks for the three students who achieved the highest scores during the fitness test.

Campus Forum Artist vs Description

Campus Forum Artist vs Description

Campus Forum Artist vs Description

Campus Forum

For this Campus Forum, students were asked to get in pairs of two during this campus forum. They grouped themselves based on whether they saw themselves as artists or were good at describing details. Once paired, they were given a blank sheet of paper and a simple image. The student who was good at explaining was given the image, and the students who described themselves as artists received the blank paper and a pen. Once the groups had their materials, they sat back to back without seeing the materials the other student had. The described then described the image, and the artist drew a picture based on the descriptions.

It was exciting to see all the wheels turning once they got started. You can hear laughter coming from everywhich way in the cafeteria. 

After the team-building game, we had a small discussion about what had just happened. It was that it was challenging, but some students were able to identify something they could do next time to make the experience easier. We then discussed how the game is based on communication and knowing your friends’ skill sets.