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Students & Registration

  • 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, Nebraska 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. Register by the grade the student is in on March 21, 2020.

  • The main program site is at Holmes Elementary School, 5230 Sumner Street. The remaining classes are held at community sites. Please see our page for a list of community sites.

  • For 2020, the program weeks will be June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, and July 6-10. Half-day classes are from 9 AM-12 PM or 1-4 PM. Full-day camps are from 9 AM-4 PM.

  • A printed brochure is sent home in the March edition of the Lincoln Public Schools' Community News and will be available at various locations around Lincoln and surrounding communities. Sign up for our monthly eNewsletter to get all of the latest Bright Lights updates.

    You may request to be mailed a copy of the brochure by clicking "Contact Us" below or by calling the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 x43.

  • Registration begins March 21, 2020 at 8 AM. Check out our blog for registration tips to make sure you are prepared.

  • Register online at beginning at 8am on March 21, 2020. Registration will remain open until all spots are filled or until one week before the class begins.

  • Aren't your classes full?

    Each year, there are always some classes that are more popular than others. Some classes fill quickly because, due to space and equipment limitations, only a small number of students can be accommodated. We have never reached 100% capacity - so there are always spots open somewhere! Encourage your student to make a second and even third choice in case his/her first choice has filled. You may choose to place your student on a waitlist, in which case no payment is collected unless a spot opens up. However, we cannot guarantee if or when a spot will open up, and in the meantime your student may miss out on registering for other classes where spots are still available.

  • What is the waitlist?

    If the session you requested is currently full, you may be put on a waitlist for the class/camp by adding it to your cart and completing the registration process. If a spot opens up, we will contact you and payment will be due at that time. If you have any questions about this process, please call us at 402-420-1115 ext. 45.

    NOTE: in order to complete the scholarship application process, you must successfully register for a class in which spots are open. We cannot award scholarships to waitlisted applicants; only registered students will receive a scholarship.

  • Are your classes STEM/STEAM based?

    Bright Lights strives to offer hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) opportunities in almost all of our classes. Expanding the original STEM concept to include the letter ‘A’ for art and design allows the important inclusion of creative thinking, collaboration, experimentation and exploration into the equation. We recognize the significance of all of the STEAM elements and how they prepare students for future educational opportunities and careers.

  • 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 to maximize their out of school time in expanded learning opportunities.

  • My child is older/younger than the listed grades. May I still register him/her for the class?

    Bright Lights offers summer classes and camps that are high-interest, hands-on, and STEAM-based. Teachers create the differentiated content and assign a grade range for their class. These ranges are based on the content taught, the interest levels of students at different ages, and keeping students in age-appropriate social groups. For example, allowing a 2nd grade student into a class with 5th graders may be content-appropriate, as the 2nd grader is advanced in his/her academic knowledge, but given the gap in ages, it may not be socially appropriate. Bright Lights teachers make every effort to differentiate lessons and activities, adjusting to meet students’ needs and interests in order to create an enjoyable and challenging experience for each and every participant.

  • How many students are in a Bright Lights class?

    Primary classes average 17 students, while intermediate and middle-school classes average 20 students. 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 and approximately 10% of our students each year come from outside the Lincoln area.

  • How do I pay for classes?

    Payment must accompany your online registration. Credit cards and e-checks are accepted.

  • What is the Program Fee?

    Standard Program Fee
    Half-Day Class: $135
    Full-Day Camp: $280

    Voluntary Price Options
    Half-Day Class Option A: $150 ** Option B: $200 ** Option C: $250
    Full-Day Camp Option A: $300 ** Option B: $400 ** Option C: $500

  • 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 give families the opportunity to help close the gap between the actual cost of $250/$500 for a class/camp versus the program fee of $135/$280. 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 both available at Holmes Elementary School during Program Weeks 1, 4 and 5. Before Care is available from 7:30 - 9 AM at a cost of $20 for the week. Lunch Care is available from 12 - 1 PM at a cost of $15 for the week. Before Care is not available at offsite locations. Lunch Care is included for full-day camps. Students must provide their own sack lunch. Preregistration 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. Please ensure that you have entered a valid email address at the time of registration.

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed after the deadline and awards are based on financial need until available funds are depleted. Each student is eligible for ONE partial scholarship that can be used toward either a half-day class or a full-day camp during Summer 2019. More information can be found by clicking on the link above.

  • What is Bright Lights' address and Federal EIN?

    Bright Lights, Inc.
    5561 South 48th Street, Suite 220
    Lincoln, NE 68516
    Federal EIN 47-0708499

  • What are the Student Classroom Expectations?

    Please see Bright Lights Policies and Registration Guidelines.

  • A minimum of $10 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between March 21 through April 1. A minimum of $25 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between April 2 through May 15. After May 15, no refunds will be issued.

    If your plans change and your student is unable to attend their registered class, we will make every effort to place the student in an alternate choice.

    If you need to switch classes, contact the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 ext. 45 or email A student may be transferred to another class/camp by Bright Lights staff at no additional charge. If you choose to sign your student up for another class/camp online yourself and then want to cancel the initial class, the refund policy for cancellation will apply.

  • A school nurse (LPN) is on staff at the main site (Holmes Elementary) when classes are in session during weeks 1, 4 & 5. See the medical policy found in the Policies section by clicking the link above. Health support is not available at off-site locations.

Teachers, Classroom Assistants and Volunteers

  • About 50% of Bright Lights' teachers currently teach or have taught for Lincoln Public Schools. The remaining 50% 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 March. High school students who have completed ninth grade or higher, college students, and adults may apply. Assistants may volunteer for more than one class and/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 entry, preparing mailings, special projects, and general office duties. If interested, please complete the Volunteer Application by clicking the link above.


  • Tax deductible donations help make the program cost more affordable to Bright Lights families. To make a donation, please visit our Donor page.

  • 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 the Bright Lights Executive Director at 402-420-1115 ext. 41 or click "Contact Us" below.

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