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Top 5 Reasons Franchisees Love Being Part of the Growing Sylvan Learning Family

The reviews are in: Franchisees love the proven programs, personalized approach, and the personal rewards that come with owning a Sylvan center.

For the last 40 years, Sylvan Learning has positively contributed to communities all over the country and globe by setting young students up for a lifetime of success. With a wide range of tutoring and after-school programs, engaging technology and a honed approach to personalized learning, Sylvan continues to innovate and set the pace for supplemental education.

When a new franchisee joins the Sylvan Learning team, they become part of a group of supportive, passionate individuals dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential. Sylvan offers a rewarding opportunity for the thousands of owners in its system—both financially and personally.

Here are the five top reasons why franchisees love being part of the Sylvan Learning family.

1. Sylvan’s programs really make a difference.

Sylvan takes a results-based approach to learning. In fact, Sylvan students typically see two-to-three times more growth in math and reading compared to the national average.

“After a student has been enrolled for a bit and their follow-up assessment reveals a 30, 40 or 50 percent jump, that makes us smile and motivates us to keep going,” said Ashish Gandhi, who co-owns a franchise in Reston, Virginia with his wife, Sapna Chordia. “When students are excelling and making such significant progress across the board, it brings satisfaction to the work we do and drives us to get there with all of our students.”

Sylvan large breadth of programming provides resources for an extensive range of academic disciplines. The franchise is even the largest national branded provider of STEM service and college prep courses.

“I enjoy teaching SAT and ACT prep because I love seeing our students improve and the excitement in their eyes when their scores increase. One of the best parts of my job is when scores come out and I get texts and calls from my students and their parents about how proud they are that they accomplished their goals,” said Kent Kolbow, a multi-unit Sylvan franchisee and former tutor in Indiana.

2. That moment when a child's face lights up after realizing they are making progress.

While Sylvan has many markers of success for franchisees and their staff members, truly, nothing beats the experience of seeing a child believe in themselves.

“We usually have students come in for the first time feeling defeated. Their confidence is low and their heads are lowered,” said Scott Lindsey, who now owns several franchise territories in northern Virginia after helping Sylvan open centers in the Middle East. “Once we start working with a student, and when they make a connection, it is priceless to see a child's face light up when they discover that they now know something that they previously didn't.”

“A typical beginner who struggles with reading does not like to read out loud,” he added. “When a mom calls you to let you know their child read to them last night for the first time, you know you did something good!”

3. Sylvan’s personalized approach shows proper care.

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Key Takeaways

  • Franchisees love that Sylvan’s programs really work due to the brand’s results-based approach and innovations.
  • Franchisees love that they are there to see a child's face light up after realizing they are making progress.
  • Franchisees love that Sylvan’s personalized approach shows proper care where other supplemental educational brands fall short.
  • Franchisees love that Sylvan is recognizable, respected name that is still affordable for families on a budget.
  • As a Sylvan franchisee, you may be invited to a graduation ceremony that a student’s family never thought would happen.

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