Brehm Preparatory School

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Brehm Preparatory School is a family-style boarding school for boys and girls, grades 6-12 with complex learning disabilities.
Brehm offers a unique holistic program that individually addresses each student’s academic, emotional, and social needs.
The Brehm experience includes: a fully accredited high school, individualized academic curriculum, 4:1 student/teacher ratio, team recreational programs, and interscholastic sports, supervised dorm living, medical support, speech language pathologists, and more. Additional programs at Brehm include a 4-week summer program and the Brehm Arrowsmith Program. Summer Scenarios: Self-Reliance is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants discover their own strengths as they play essential roles for their tribes in quests and challenges. The Brehm Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises. For more information, visit www.brehm.org.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Private Special Education Centers
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, AD/HD, Language-based Learning disabilities
Year Founded 1982

Student Body

Total Students 92 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Brehm Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
10%
Average Class Size 4 students
Average ACT score 20
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Dress appropriately - no rips, tears, or inappropriate slogans)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $68,900
Admissions Director Donna Collins
Admissions Associate Faye Ikner

Sports

Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Basketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,

School Notes

  • Brehm Preparatory School is a family-style boarding school for boys and girls, grades 6-12 with complex learning disabilities. Brehm offers a unique holistic program that individually addresses each student’s academic, emotional, and social needs. The Brehm experience includes: a fully accredited high school, individualized academic curriculum, 4:1 student/teacher ratio, team recreational programs, and interscholastic sports, supervised dorm living, medical support, 5 speech language pathologists, 100 acre campus and more. 
  • Brehm provides instruction in core academic areas, social skills development, life-skills development, organizational strategies, recreational activities, cultural enrichment, self-advocacy skills, health and wellness direction, career/college exploration, and transition. Daily emphasis on developing advocacy skills and organizational strategies allows students to cope with the demands of the classroom, job market, and family and social interactions. Our staff communicates daily, and we hold weekly team meetings where insights are shared about what strategies are working well for each student. Many times, like a piece of a puzzle,small incidents between different team members and the student reveal a more understandable picture. Solutions are formulated, strategies are put into action, and detailed follow-up confirms progress. 
  • Additional programs at Brehm include a 4-week summer program and the Brehm Arrowsmith Program. Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Scenarios is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants discover their own strengths. Through individualized and shared adventures, players explore the environment; learn about sustainability; develop basic survival skills; explore their environment; and delve into academics, assistive technology, art and experiential learning while getting to know their fellow players and uniting as tribes. Whether your adventurer is a noble hero, a courageous warrior, a strong leader, a willing follower, or a lone pilgrim, he or she is sure to advance, succeed, learn, grow, and have an unforgettable adventure. The Brehm Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises. For more information, visit www.brehm.org.

Profile last updated: 08/17/2015

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