Innovative Specialized Education

Are you ready for a breakthrough?

At Brehm Preparatory School, we understand that every student is unique, and we are dedicated to providing specialized education for students with complex learning disabilities. Our co-educational boarding school, serving grades 6-12, offers comprehensive programs designed to address the challenges these students and their families face. With our empathetic and supportive approach, we empower students to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lives.



85% of Students that attend Brehm go on to attend a post-secondary program.

Continuum of Care

Brehm offers supervision and care for students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

40+ Years Experience

Brehm has 40+ years of experience empowering students to recognize and optimize their full potential.

Teacher to Student Ratio

The teacher-to-student ratio at Brehm is 1 teacher for every 5 students.



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Unique Classroom Environments

The classroom environments at Brehm are designed to work with and are adaptable to the student’s learning profile.

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Robust Recreation Program

Brehm’s Recreation activities range from on-campus activities to overnight trips outside of Carbondale.

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Family-Style Boarding Program

Family styled dorm life that teaches vital independent living skills.



One on one Speech and Language session with student

Speech & Language

Brehm Speech-Language Pathologists work to enhance student lives by improving their ability to navigate the world.

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Arrowsmith Program

Brehm’s Arrowsmith Program is a highly individualized program grounded in the principles of neuroplasticity.

Empowering Since 1982

Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School has been empowering students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential. Designed around how each child learns best, an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP) integrates cognitive, academic, social, and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child.

Brehm’s caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12+ into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing boarding school environment where each child feels accepted and supported.

This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners who can succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced, multi-faceted lives.

Phil ~ Brehm Parent

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. PhilParent

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.

A Behm

“Even if we had to give up all the academic support and advances, it would still be worth it for our family, just for the mental health aspect. Having Wyatt be around other students that are functioning at his level and have similar mindsets has been a life changing experience for all of us. His general disposition and outlook on life have greatly improved. As an added bonus, academically we have seen leaps and bounds of progress too!!”