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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $68,900
  • Average class size: 4 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, AD/HD, Language-based Learning disabilities
Year Founded
1982
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
73 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Brehm Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 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)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Donna Collins
Admissions Associate
Faye Ikner

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

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.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $68,900
  • Average class size: 4 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Illinois is $7,596 for elementary schools and $12,301 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Illinois is 91% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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