Our History

In 2005, in an effort to expand its behavioral health division, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) acquired Keys Group Holdings, which consisted of 46 facilities including residential centers and specialized schools.  Keystone NPS, LLC, operating an active group of 17 non-public schools throughout California, was a segment of this acquisition.  Earlier, Keystone NPS LLC had purchased the schools from Advocate, another educational company who operated these non-public schools.

In 2006, UHS appointed Ms. Colucci regional vice-president of the non-public schools which were renamed Academy Business Services/Academy Schools. She has been directing this group of schools for eight years; Ms. Lamberth has served alongside her as the regional human resources director for six years.  Mr. Le Comte has ten years of service with this group of schools; he has held various key leadership positions culminating with his promotion to regional principal in 2011. 

Despite what seems like a lot of change in ownership, it is important to note the stable, continued operational history of the non-public schools; Bright Futures Academy’s current operating model has been in existence for more than 20 years.

In the early years of UHS ownership, the schools expanded under Ms. Colucci’s leadership, but like all other businesses in recent years, the leadership has been forced to adjust business practices due to the economy. However, these adjustments have proven highly beneficial as the schools have emerged more streamlined with clearer vision and focus.

On March 1, 2012, it was announced that Universal Health Services (UHS) planned to close Academy Business Services/Academy Schools by month-end. Rather than see the schools close, thereby ceasing services to nearly 500 special education students, Ms. Colucci and Ms. Lamberth, along with their team, developed a plan to continue operations. Despite the economic challenges facing education in California, recent restructuring has left the schools well-poised to enjoy continued growth under this experienced leadership team by employing direct management, adjusted staffing models, and the more streamlined operations mentioned above which in turn has increased profit and most importantly delivered improved services for our students.