A Schenectady-based education center opened in the past year is hosting an open house Saturday as part of a push to attract more students.
The new learning center — Bright Hope Center — focuses on high levels of student attention, promising a potentially accelerated education for grades kindergarten through 12.
Bright Hope is run by Elizabeth Zahdan and Walid Hawana, who used to work at Annur Islamic School in Colonie.
Zahdan said the center — which has been certified by the city to operate as an education center and is working through the state Education Department to become a private school — is looking to grow.
While the married couple in charge of the education center have experience in Islamic education, they said their new center can offer an interfaith education, letting parents choose whether they want their student to take Arabic and Islamic studies courses.
They said they would be a good fit for immigrants, students who speak English as a second language or families who don’t feel comfortable in the traditional public school setting.
The open house will be at Bright Hope Center at 1856 State St. from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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