An Individualized Holistic Education Plan
Throughout the enrollment process, 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 embraced by a team of academic, clinical, and student-life staff working in unison to empower students to recognize and achieve their full potential.
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 teachers who have the student 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 experiences.
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.
The English Department of Brehm Preparatory School provides individualized instruction for students with learning disabilities in literature, writing, grammar, technology integration, and reading remediation. The curriculum develops skills necessary to become independent readers, writers, and thinkers.
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.
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.
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 often, 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.
Special Programs Department
Brehm staff believe that special subjects are crucial for our students to develop strengths that may not lie in traditional academics.
Learning Disability Program
Because Brehm’s mission is to empower students with learning disabilities, the entire 24/7 program is designed to provide instruction and supports. The Learning Disability Program offers two specific classes within the academic day: Advisement and Learning Cognition.