A Comprehensive Core Curriculum
Brehm recognizes that each student is unique and must find his or her individual pathway to academic, social, and emotional success. An Individualized Holistic Education Plan is designed to advance the best outcomes by carefully reviewing the student’s needs, data, and academic history and then implementing a personalized program.
Certified faculty and staff work with students to monitor progress toward individual goals, leveraging individual strengths into a comprehensive program allowing students to pursue college or other post-secondary avenues.
Full-time speech-language pathologists (SLP) and special education faculty work collaboratively to develop reading, writing, verbal communication, pragmatic language, and social skills. Speech-language pathologists work one-on-one and in small groups to remediate and enrich metacognitive, academic, and social language.
Instructors use research-based methodologies such as Lindamood-Bell strategies, Project Read resources, and the multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham Approach; considered the gold standard for teaching reading to students with dyslexia.
The goal for all Brehm students is to graduate with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners.
Neuroplasticity – Retraining the Brain
Many students enroll in the innovative Arrowsmith Program at Brehm, a breakthrough learning methodology that uses intensive cognitive exercises to restore and strengthen learning pathways in the brain. The Arrowsmith Program is based on neuroscientific research and the philosophy that it is possible to address specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities. The goal is for students to become effective, confident, and self-directed learners for life. The Arrowsmith Program is available to junior high and high school students.
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An Enriched Curriculum Produces Well-Rounded Students.
Vibrant enrichment and recreational programs engage students both on and off campus in structured activities. Brehm students not only have fun, but they also grow culturally and emotionally, set and achieve goals, and learn to work collaboratively. They also develop new social and self-advocacy skills, gain self-esteem and gain momentum for a lifetime of success.
The Carbondale and nearby St. Louis communities provide a rich array of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Students can also participate in individual lessons and community-based programs, such as horseback riding and martial arts. Vibrant working relationships with nearby Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and numerous community partners round out the school’s extraordinary range of programs and resources.
- Enrichment and recreational program activities include yearbook, prom, theater, international trips, and a dynamic Summer Outdoor Adventure Program.
- Weekday activities focus on the Brehm campus, clubs, and community, from swimming and skating to Art Club and cooking.
- On weekends, students enjoy various recreational activities such as camping, sporting events, or visiting St. Louis cultural attractions.
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