Sometimes even the leaders and teachers at Bright Hope Center have a hard time keeping track of what grade the students are in — it always seems to be changing.
The private school on upper State Street founded last year by husband and wife Walid Hawana and Elizabeth Zahdan aims to accelerate students as they progress through the curriculum. With just over a dozen students from five families in kindergarten to high school, Bright Hope is small but familial. High schoolers read to second-graders and kindergartners rush past a group of students studying negative exponents. The walls are adorned with alphabet cards, scientific method posters and signs that say things like, “I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.” Something for every grade.
At lunch time, the school’s 13 students sit together in a long row of chairs that stretches the length of a room filled with arts and craft, cases of crayons and colored pencils.
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Academy fosters family atmosphere in school setting
SCHENECTADY - About a dozen youngsters, many of them Muslim, sat in front of laptops engrossed in their school work while some younger ones played educational games inside a nondescript building in Woodlawn on Friday.
"We give the child the chance for accelerated learning according to the space and according to the ability," said Walid Hawana, principal of the burgeoning kindergarten through 12th grade Bright Hope Center Academy, explaining the private school's general philosophy.
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Originally Posted: 4/2/2017
Bright Hope Centers children go to Boston to visit Perkins institute for the blind and disabled. They learned about how Perkins started from just a living room to thriving facility that dwarfs some other colleges and universities. They also taught some of the biggest names in history like Anne Sullivan, Laura Bridgeman, and Helen Keller. Here is a link to learn more: www.perkins.org