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Bright Steps Forward


August 8th, 2016


Staff Spotlight


BSF's Lead Special Education Teacher

Kara Thompson

Bright Steps Forward's most powerful asset is our Lead Teacher, Kara Thompson (pronounced Car-a). Loved by her students and co-workers alike, Kara's enthusiasm for working with special needs children is contagious. She has a special gift in her ability to bring out the best in everyone she encounters.

Kara came to us from the mid-west where her family currently resides. She grew up as the middle child with two sisters in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and received her undergraduate degree and her Masters in Education from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Kara is currently mid-way through pursuing her doctorate and plans to complete her dissertation on "Why the Visual Arts are Important for Students with Disabilities and Emotional Impairment". She has been teaching for 14 years —specializing in working in the special needs field for the last six years.
Kara believes in differentiated instruction with a student-centered strategy. Each student at Bright Steps Forward receives the benefit of her guidance and parents enjoy knowing that their child will be challenged to their fullest potential.


Currently in Open Enrollment

Sample Daily Schedule


School hours are from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome warm up!
9:00 - 10:00 Math (M, W, F)
Computer Applications (T, Th)
10:00 - 10:15 Break / snack
10:15 - 11:15 English Language Arts (M, W, F)
Science (T, Th)
11:15 - 11:30 Clean up
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch and regroup
12:15 - 1:15 Art or Music1
1:15 - 1:30 Choice time
1:30 - 2:00 Social Skills Building1
2:00 - 2:30 Dismissal

1 Children requiring PT, OT, Speech or ABA Therapy will make up any missed classes during these time slots. All therapy is provided onsite at school.




Bright Steps Forwards follows the Broward County School Calendar.

Key dates include:

  • August 22 – first day of school
  • No school on 9/5, 11/24, 5/29
  • Winter Break Camp 12/26 – 1/6 (extra fees apply)
  • Spring Break Camp 4/10 – 4/14 (extra fees apply)
  • June 8 – last day of school

For more information, visit our website at: »

Please call (954) 376-3911 to receive a tour of the school and meet with our educational team.


School Supplies Wish List


Amazon Wishlist

This is a simple and easy way for you to make a huge difference in the lives of our students!

Please help us prepare for the new school year. Our school supply wish list has been posted on Amazon (and our website). If you are in a position to help, please take a peek and order what you can. Items can be shipped directly to our administrative office in Weston for distribution to the schools. »

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Bright Steps Forward, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with neurological or developmental disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy have access to top quality physical, occupational, speech and ABA therapy.