Population Served

Our students’ academic and behavioral accomplishments are directly related to the development and implementation of the personalized programs and services that are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  The principles of ABA provide us an insight as to how learning takes place, which then allows us to develop techniques for increasing appropriate behaviors and reducing inappropriate ones that may interfere with learning.

Bright Futures Academy provides services to the following populations of students at all four of its campuses:

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s Syndrome

Bright Futures Academy provides robust, research-based strategies dedicated to each of its small, highly structured classroom settings.  In addition, we use measurable goals through Rethink First to assess each student’s progress in academic, personal, and social skills development.

Developmental Disabilities or Delays

Our data indicates that each student with developmental disabilities or delays benefits greatly when a classroom environment promotes positive reinforcement, functional skill development, and vocational assessments. This is the reason why we have dedicated and well-trained staff who can incorporate these skill sets into each student’s personalized goals and daily schedule.

Emotional Disorders and Disturbances

Bright Futures Academy uses the Boys Town Education Model to structure ways for staff to interact with students across a variety of social skills; skills which have been determined to be the core of many challenging behaviors for students.  We also utilize behavior intervention plans, level systems, and problem-solving skills training for this population.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Bright Futures Academy’s program philosophy for this population is to focus on cultural and social diversity and meeting the needs of individual students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Our professional teaching team is well versed in American Sign Language (ASL) and can successfully assess, analyze, and problem-solve the challenges of learning for deaf or hard of hearing students and their families by focusing on the objective of providing effective teaching practices and instructional strategies.

Behavioral Challenges

Research indicates that students with behavioral challenges require positive behavior intervention and support programs.  Bright Futures Academy provides this program in conjunction with a highly structured curriculum-based strategy to redirect destructive behavior and develop academic skills.

Other Special Needs

Bright Futures Academy customizes treatments for students facing other academic, behavioral, psychiatric, or physical challenges.

Our campus teams develop an individualized education plan (IEP) with instructions that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of each of our students. The IEP planning process at our campuses includes the student (whenever possible), parents and/or care providers, the classroom teacher, school administrator, LEA representatives, designated instructional staff, and case workers (as required).