Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane
Carbondale, IL 62901
Tel: 618-457-0371
Welcome to Brehm School a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school with a staff of 150. We limit our focus to 90 students a year.
Welcome to Brehm School a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school with a staff of 150. We limit our focus to 90 students a year.
Brehm's mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities to recognize and realize their full potential.
Brehm delivers a unique holistic educational program that fulfills the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student.
Founded in 1982, Brehm School is the only accredited junior and senior high school in the Midwest specifically designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students with complex learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.
The Brehm Academic Curriculum is designed and implemented in accordance with the Brehm Vision and Mission. Brehm's curricula has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Association, and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
Residential life is an integral part of Brehm's education.
Brehm's daily structure allows students to feel more confident and comfortable with how each day will unfold, which is the foundation of our decades of success.
The recreation program is designed to encourage students to participate in structured activities that teach them new skills. Students have fun, develop balance in their social interactions, increase their self-esteem, gain new experiences, learn to plan and set goals, increase their awareness of leisure resources, and develop culturally and emotionally.
The Brehm campus is a very special place. It is a cooperative family style environment where students discover that they share learning differences with others. Additionally, they learn not only from their instructors and tutors, but from their fellow students as well. As Brehm students learn how to learn together, they also make lifelong friends.
Brehm's Speech-Language Department employs five full-time speech-language pathologists. Brehm SLPs evaluate speech, language, and related skills; establish contexts and frequencies for therapies based on individual needs; and develop, implement, and report progress on individual therapy plans.
  • Brehm School is an internationally known 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.
  • At Brehm, students find success-- go on to college, find fulfilling careers and become successful entrepreneurs.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Brehm PreparatoryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19821910
Campus Size100 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment102 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size5 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBrian Taylor

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered214
SportsBasketball, Soccer


Total Extracurricular Organizations923
ExtracurricularsAnimal Lovers, Art Club, Biking Club, Bowling & Billiards, Golf Club, Outdoor Skills, Paintball, Swimming, Volleyball

School Notes

  • Brehm’s mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities to recognize and achieve their full potential.
  • To accomplish this mission, we place high value on:
  • Student empowerment
  • Integrity
  • Strategies for interactive problem-solving
  • Ongoing, open communication
  • Staff development
  • Continuous improvement of programs
  • Financial stability
  • A safe environment
  • Brehm delivers a unique holistic educational program that fulfills the academic, social and emotional needs of each student.
  • Brehm's 24/7 school is made up of an extraordinarily dedicated team of:
  • Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Dorm Parents
  • Recreation Staff
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Tutors
  • LD types supported: dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, aphasia, aspergers, nonverbal learning disorders (NLD), visual processing, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, anxiety disorder, auditory processing disorder, speed of processing disorders, and dysphasia
  • School accreditations: The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
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