Students & Registration
- What is Bright Lights?
- Who does Bright Lights serve?
- Where is the program held?
- When is the program held?
- When and how do I get a copy of the class schedule?
- When does registration begin?
- How can I register?
- Is Bright Lights a program for identified gifted or high ability students only?
- How many students are in a Bright Lights class?
- Can students from out-of-state register for classes?
- How do I pay for classes?
- What is the Program Fee?
- What are the Voluntary Price Options and why are there different prices?
- Will selecting Option A, B or C qualify as a tax deduction?
- What are class fees?
- Is all-day care available?
- How will I know if my child is registered?
- What financial aid is available?
- What is Bright Lights Federal EIN?
- What are the Students' Classroom Expectations?
- What is Bright Lights refund policy?
- Is transportation available to Bright Lights classes?
- What medical support is available at Bright Lights?
What is Bright Lights?
Bright Lights, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has offered summer learning adventures to elementary and middle school students in the Lincoln, NE community since 1987.
Who does Bright Lights serve?
Half-day classes and full-day camps are available for students who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade, or the grade the student is in on April 1 of the year the Bright Lights class is taken.
The main program site is at Holmes Elementary School, 5230 Sumner Street. The remaining classes are held at community classroom sites.
For 2017, the program weeks will be June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30 and July 10-14. Half-day classes are from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM. Full-day camps are from 9 AM - 4 PM.
The Class Schedule is available on this website in February. A printed brochure is available in the March edition of the Lincoln Public Schools "Community News." You may request a copy by clicking "Contact Us" below or by calling the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 x43.
When does registration begin?
Registration begins April 1 at 8 AM.
Register online at BrightLights.org. Registration begins April 1 at 8 AM.
Is Bright Lights a program for identified gifted or high ability students only?
No. Bright Lights diverse and content-rich classes engage students and build both their academic and non-academic skills. The half-day class and full-day camp opportunities allow students to pursue educational activities in focused areas of interest and maximizes their out of school time in expanded learning opportunities.
How many students are in a Bright Lights class?
Primary classes average 17 students, while intermediate and middle-school classes average 20. With one teacher and two assistants, each class has a staff to student ratio of approximately 1:7.
Can students from out-of-state register for classes?
Yes. Bright Lights has no residency requirements.
How do I pay for classes?
Payment must accompany your registration. Credit cards are accepted ONLINE ONLY.
What is the Program Fee?
Standard Program Fee
Half-Day Class: $125
Full-Day Camp: $250
Voluntary Price Options
Half-Day Class Option A: $150 ** Option B: $200 ** Option C: $230
Full-Day Camp Option A: $300 ** Option B: $400 ** Option C: $460
The Standard Program Fee for a Bright Lights class covers only 54 percent of the actual program cost for a student to participate in one class or day camp. The Voluntary Price Options gives families the opportunity to help close the gap between the actual cost of $230/$460 for a class/camp versus the program fee of $125/$250. This extra contribution helps cover program costs associated with classroom supplies, classroom rentals, teacher salaries, background checks, health and safety and much more. The contribution is completely voluntary.
Will selecting Option A, B or C qualify as a tax deduction?
Choosing price option A, B or C does not qualify as a tax deduction.
What are class fees?
Class fees cover unique materials needed for a specific class, such as art supplies, rental fees, food for cooking classes, lab expenses or field trip fees.
Yes, Before Care and Lunch Care are available at Holmes Elementary School only during Program Weeks 1, 4 and 5 (June 5 - 9, June 26 - 30 and July 10 - 14). Before Care is available from 7:30 - 9 AM at a cost of $15 for the week. Lunch Care is available from 12 - 1 PM for $10 for the week. Students must provide their own sack lunch. Lunch Care is also available during the International Program Week 3 (June 19 - 23) at Lux Middle School. Registration is required for Before Care and Lunch Care. More information can be found by clicking on the link above.
How will I know if my child is registered?
Registrants will receive an immediate email confirmation after submitting payment.
Scholarships are offered based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each applicant is eligible for one partial scholarship for either a half-day class or a full-day camp. More information can be found by clicking on the link above.
What is Bright Lights Federal EIN?
Bright Lights, Inc.
5561 South 48th Street, Suite 220
Lincoln, NE 68516
Federal EIN 47-0708499
A minimum of $10 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between April 1 through April 10. A minimum of $25 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between April 11 through May 15. After May 15, no refunds will be issued.
Free busing is available for all Bright Lights students to/from the main program site during week one, four and five for the morning sessions from select Lincoln Public Schools buildings. Parents/Guardians must agree to Behavioral Expectations for Those Who Ride the Bus before students may ride the bus. Please see the bus transportation schedule by clicking the link above.
A school nurse (LPN) is on staff at the main site when classes are in session. See the medical policy found in the policies section by clicking the link above.
Teachers, Classroom Assistants and Volunteers
About 50% of Bright Lights teachers currently teach or have taught for Lincoln Public Schools. The remaining come from other school districts, universities, or the community. Teachers must complete an interview process, pass a background check and attend an orientation session each year. Visit the Teacher Information page by clicking the link above for additional details about the pay and requirements. Please contact the Education Coordinator by clicking “Contact Us” below if interested in teaching a summer class.
Classroom assistants are volunteers. Applications are accepted online annually beginning in mid-March. Completed ninth grade students, college students and adults may apply. Assistants may volunteer for more than one class or assist as a summer office volunteer. Background checks are completed on volunteers 19 years and older. See the Classroom Assistant Application by clicking the link above.
Volunteers are needed in the Bright Lights office during the school year to assist with photocopying, data input, preparing mailings, special projects and general office duties. If interested, please complete the Volunteer Application by clicking the link above.
Can I direct a donation to a specific program area?
Yes, designated donations are welcomed. Donations may be directed to a specific area of program costs, such as need-based scholarships, class sponsors, health and safety initiatives or the annual fund. Donations may be made in memory or in celebration of someone, and certificates will be mailed in recognition of this honor.
Bright Lights recognizes individuals who have designated Bright Lights as a beneficiary in his or her estate plan as a member of the Celestial Club. This includes gifts of appreciated assets, life insurance beneficiary designation, or in wills and living trusts.
For more information on donating to Bright Lights, please contact Linda, Bright Lights Executive Director, at 402-420-1115 ext. 41 or click "Contact Us" below.