FAQs

1.       What does “NPS” stand for?

NPS stands for non-public school. A non-public school, such as Bright Futures Academy, is a publicly funded, yet privately operated, school in California. Such schools enter into contracts with local school districts to provide educational services to students with exceptional needs that cannot be met in a public school environment.

2.       How is Bright Futures Academy held accountable?

Bright Futures Academy specializes in special education for students with significant or unique behavior issues; our curriculum and method of instruction for all four campuses are aligned with the California Department of Education while individualized to the needs, strengths and capacity of each student, as detailed in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Bright Futures Academy is required to be re-certified every year by the California Department of Education.

3.       What kind of students enroll in Bright Futures Academy?

Bright Futures Academy serves special education students referred by local school districts due to significant behavior challenges.  We provide a year-round educational and behavioral program for students in grades K-12 and into adulthood up to their 22nd birthday. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of each student’s IEP while creating a safe and friendly learning environment for cognitive and affective growth. We proudly serve students who have a wide range of special needs such as: 

  • autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • developmental disabilities
  • emotional disorders
  • conduct disorders
  • dual diagnosis
  • deaf and hard of hearing (Riverside Campus only)
  • specific learning disability
  • other health impairments

4.       What types of training and experience do the instructors possess at Bright Futures Academy?

All of our teachers have special education credentials authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and possess experience and training required to teach students with special academic and behavior needs. In addition, our board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs), speech therapists, occupational therapists, and counselors have daily interactions with our students both individually and in the classroom setting.

5.       My child has special needs; how can I enroll him/her into Bright Futures Academy?

Our students are referred to our campuses by contracted school districts and/or designated SELPAs (Special Education Local Plan Area).  Since your child MUST qualify for special education services, it is important for you to speak directly to the district for placement. Private and direct placements are not accepted. Please refer to our enrollment page for more details.

6.       I was referred to your school by my child’s district administrator, how can I tour your campus?

To schedule a tour at one of our four campus locations, please fill out either our “Contact Us” on the home page or refer to our campus page for more information.

7.       How can I form a partnership with Bright Futures Academy as a district or SELPA administrator?

Please contact Ms. Betti Colucci at 951-785-0504 if you wish to form a partnership with Bright Futures Academy, a state-certified, non-public school with four campuses in Southern California.

8.       Does Bright Futures Academy meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements?

Definitely! Our programs meet ADA requirements and can accommodate students who use assisted devices and mobility aids.

9.       How is a student’s classroom placement determined at Bright Futures Academy?

Our administrative and clinical team reviews the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) of each student and places the student in a classroom that best matches his or her abilities and needs.  Since our programs are research-based and data-driven, we also assess each student’s ongoing progress and adjust classroom placement accordingly.

10.    How many students are placed in each classroom?

Our class size is limited to 12 students each with the exception of our Victorville campus which can have up to 14 students per classroom.

11.    What type of academic education do students receive at your school? 

Our students are evaluated with standardized and informal assessments regularly. As per the IEP, our credentialed, special education teachers provide direct instruction in the following areas:

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History/Social Science
  • Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education and Health

12.    Are there job training opportunities for the students at your school?

Of course!  We offer job training opportunities at all four locations.  We have a full-service cafeteria at our Riverside Campus and as a part of providing vocational training to our students, we have developed a Transition Education Culinary Program, where our students work part-time in our school cafeteria and earn a pay check.

13.    Do you provide transportation to students?

Absolutely! Bright Futures Academy purchased 8-12 passenger vans, and provides round-trip transportation during school hours to our students, as specified in each student’s IEP.