Brehm Preparatory School

1245 East Grand Avenue 
Carbondale, IL 62901


Donna Collins



Call admissions department for current tuition.

Nine and one-half month academic year program.

Students with complex learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder issues

81 students enrolled in the junior and senior high school and 18 students in the OPTIONS program. Has a rolling admissions policy. Students are accepted throughout the year based on availability of space.


Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Independent School Association of the Central States and are members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Brehm is also an approved non-public school by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Swimming, golf, hockey, jogging, photo journalism, aerobics, Historical Armed Combat Club, walking, fishing, and skating. Students also have the opportunity to develop their own personal recreation and leisure activities. Individual lessons include: horseback riding, yoga, pottery, music, dance, tennis, martial arts, and much more.

The groups are led by two doctoral-level graduate students from the Child Clinical Psychology program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Additionally, graduate and undergraduate social work interns help to facilitate the groups and gain experience with direct service provision. Each week, the training process involves the presentation of key aspects of a different identified skill, leader role play of the skill, group discussion, student role plays of the skill, and group feedback related to the effectiveness of the skill implementation.

Dorms are organized for family living and function as independent family units. 75 acres with five dormitories, three classroom buildings and a student center. Each dorm is designed and built much the same as an apartment house, with bedrooms having one, two, or three occupants per room. This allows for a small group living arrangement of approximately 18 peers. Meals are prepared by the dorm parents and served in the dorm kitchen. Two dorm parents, living within each dorm, supervise the students living in the dorm.

Our students' issues affect the whole family, not just the child.

Two well established loan programs are: 1. prepGate K-12 Educational Loan Program Phone: 1-888-353-GATE (4283) 2. Achiever Loan, Key Education Resources Phone: 1-888-KEY-LEND (539-5363)

All faculty are certified in their content area as well as being LD certified and/or approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, faculty members receive ongoing in-service training in multisensory teaching techniques. The majority of the faculty have Masters Degrees as well as years of professional experience, and several have Ph.D.s.

Richard G. Collins, Ph.D. Executive Director - I am an adult with dyslexia and ADD issues. Boarding school helped me. I live with daily reminders of what my issues are, and I have to manage daily. Ask my wife---she will tell you!

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