Creating a lasting impact

Giving through the Brehm Foundation empowers breakthrough solutions and life-changing results for our students. Through the generosity of our supporters, we increase the quality of the programs for our students, equip our staff to be successful, help more families enroll, and go beyond the operational budget. We ensure the future of Brehm Preparatory School and OPTIONS.

You can make a lasting impact today by supporting the successes of our students and staff at Brehm Preparatory School and OPTIONS Transitions to Independence.

Annual giving: putting the extra in extra-ordinary

Annual Giving provides the “extra” that makes Brehm extraordinary, with hands-on experiences such as field trips, cutting-edge classroom technology, and student-interest classes ranging from culinary instruction to 3D printing to participation in nation-wide research projects.

Scholarships and tuition assistance

The Brehm Preparatory School Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign also supports scholarships and tuition assistance to help recognize students’ successes and benefit families by offsetting tuition costs. Tuition Assistance is awarded by the Tuition Assistance committee and is based on a family's stated need and availability of funds raised. 

Eligible students receiving merit-based and needs-based scholarships go through an application process and are awarded scholarships by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, for more information on tuition assistance, contact Admissions, for scholarships contact the Foundation.

Our scholarships include:

  • Carey Marie Walsh Memorial Scholarship
  • OPTIONS Memorial Scholarship
  • Tyson Brehm Memorial Scholarship
  • Myranda’s Child and Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Coach Greg Douglas Honorary and Heritage Scholarship

Capital Campaign

Brehm Preparatory School and OPTIONS Dual Campus Vision

Through the Brehm & OPTIONS Dual Campus Vision, we seek to meet the current and future needs of our students and staff. To date, we have secured more than 60 percent of our $4 million goal in pledges and donations from current families, alumni families, foundations, board members, and staff. Through your continued philanthropic support, we can make this vision a reality.

Updated Brehm dorms

To best serve our current students and strengthen recruitment, the Brehm dorms need upgrades to reflect the excellence of our program. Renovations started in the summer of 2017 and are ongoing. Completed renovations include new bathrooms/showers for Dorms 1, 2, 3, and 4. The walls, doors, ceilings, and trim have been repainted in the dorms. There are improved stairwells and new flooring in Dorms 1, 2, and 3. For the next phase, we will continue these upgrades in the remaining dorms and begin renovations in the kitchens, dining, and study areas. With these renovations, we can provide more comfortable living amenities for students and increase our capacity to 90.

New OPTIONS building

The current OPTIONS building has reached its maximum capacity. To address the growing need, Brehm seeks to construct an 11,000-square-foot building. The new building will feature six classrooms with integrated technology and a spacious café/gathering area. The OPTIONS facility will also house Speech and Language resource offices, Life Skills and Clinical offices, Arrowsmith and OPTIONS Administrative offices, as well as expanded parking and restroom facilities. The new building will be walking distance from the OPTIONS student apartments. Our goal is to start the construction on the OPTIONS building in late 2019 and move in before the beginning of the 2020-2021 program year. With these expansions, OPTIONS will be able to serve up to 75 students.


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Ways to give

Your tax-deductible gift can be in the form of cash, checks, credit cards, shares of stock, in-kind giving, and inclusion in wills, bequests, and estate planning.

  • Donate online
  • Call 618.457.0371 and speak to a Foundation representative
  • By check, through the US mail
  • Transfer of shares of stock
  • By including Brehm Foundation in your will or estate plans, you can enjoy tax benefits and make an impact on generations to come.

For more information

To learn more about making a pledge, contribution, endowment or deferred gift (e.g. bequest in your will), contact the Brehm School Foundation at 618.457.0371 or

The Brehm Preparatory School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, ensures the continuing advancement and mission of Brehm Preparatory School and OPTIONS Transitions to Independence.

Thank you for supporting Brehm School and OPTIONS via the Brehm School Foundation.