Brehm Preparatory School: Where Holistic Learning Isn't New, It's Fundamental

Terri Douglas
Head of School

At Brehm Preparatory School, holistic learning isn't just a buzzword—it's at the heart of everything we do. For over 40 years, our instructional design has centered around recognizing and building upon each student's unique strengths and potential. Through personalized delivery, different holistic strategies, interventions, and celebrations, we've created an educational environment where every student can thrive.

Brehm's Holistic Learning Approach:

From day one, Brehm has been committed to providing a child-centered environment that fosters respect, trust, and inclusion. When students feel comfortable and empowered, they're more likely to engage in exploration and discovery and be excited by learning. That's why effective communication between parents, teachers, and students is a crucial part of holistic design. At Brehm, holistic learning design not only encompasses the needs of the whole child but also includes a broad range of wrap-around services and a supportive team working together to promote growth for successful learning and living. 

Methods and Strategies:

At Brehm, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to education. Instead, we tailor our methods to meet each student's individual needs. Our holistic strategies include understanding unique profiles, implementing personalized learning plans, targeting interventions, social-emotional learning, character development, and passion-based learning. All of these are delivered in a 24/7 environment that fosters independent living skills. By incorporating these strategies into our curriculum, we provide multiple avenues for students to experience success and achieve their goals.

Passion-Based Learning:

One of the cornerstones of our holistic approach is passion-based learning. When students are engaged and invested in their learning, they are more likely to excel academically, socially, and personally. By incorporating students' passions and interests into the curriculum, we elevate the spiritual aspect of holistic learning, creating an environment where learning becomes a joyous journey of discovery. Those discoveries can lead to lifelong learning and career interests and can be a bridge to overcoming barriers and finding happiness.  

While holistic education presents challenges, such as the investment of time and effort, the need for individualized curriculum design, and the cost of resources, Brehm has steadfastly been committed to finding the right combination and fit for students to learn.  With a dedicated team of educators, a flexible teaching approach, and a supportive community of parents and students, we've built a learning environment where every challenge becomes an opportunity for growth and innovation.

In Conclusion:

At Brehm Preparatory School, holistic education isn't just a philosophy—it's a way of life. By focusing on the whole child and providing a supportive, inclusive environment, we empower students to reach their full potential..

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