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What Makes Sylvan Unique

10 Reasons to Choose Sylvan Instead of a Different Education Franchise

The supplemental and enrichment education franchise offers a number of distinct advantages over its competitors.

When the first Sylvan Learning center opened in 1979, supplemental education was mostly left to parents and independent tutors. There weren’t many big businesses offering dedicated academic support for children. Sylvan quickly caught on with parents eager to find reliable help for their children, and in the four decades since the brand was founded, the demand for supplemental-education services has only increased. At the same time, the field of supplemental-education providers has become crowded, which led Sylvan to launch a variety of enrichment STEM programs. Although a number of education brands have set out on the path that Sylvan paved, none benefit from the 40 years of operational refinement and brand awareness that Sylvan enjoys, which is just one of the reasons it remains the leader in its segment.

We talked to members of Sylvan’s corporate team as well as owners from markets across the country to learn why the brand continues to stand out from the crowd. Here are the top ten reasons to choose Sylvan.

1. The demand for supplemental education is huge, and it’s growing.

We’ve seen an enormous demand for our services. Students and families are striving for greatness, and competition in schools is only growing higher. Sylvan gives students an opportunity to expand on what’s taught in schools to get an edge, particularly where it comes to college admissions.

— Ashish Gandhi, a Sylvan franchisee in Reston, Virginia

Demand for supplemental education services is increasing. One big sign of that is the amount of new supplemental education brands that are cropping up. But none of them can provide students with the breadth of services and level of individual attention that Sylvan offers. Parents are looking for a customized approach, not a one-size-fits-all solution. Sylvan is the only brand that has the resources to meet that demand.

— Paty Russo, a Sylvan multi-unit franchisee on Long Island, New York

2. No education experience required.

The training and support programs Sylvan has offered us have been amazing. We have our own dedicated Franchise Business Consultant, who we work with on weekly calls to discuss the previous week’s sales, outline future goals and help with anything else we may need. We have a Marketing Consultant, who has been extremely helpful guiding our local marketing efforts. And there is also a support line that is available seven days a week and is a quick and easy resource for day-to-day questions. There’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of our success is due to the help we’ve received from Sylvan’s support team.

— Ashish Gandhi

Sylvan has offered us amazing support. The first thing that jumped out at us when we came on board was Sylvan’s structure of support. The corporate team has been a huge help in every part of the transition; answering questions, training us, walking us through the process. They are doing everything possible to set us up for success.

— Josh Ploch, a new Sylvan multi-unit franchisee in Oklahoma

3. An emotional return on your investment.

Above all else, I love the lasting impact Sylvan leaves on its families. We’ve seen kids start out with us in elementary school, and as they near high school graduation, it’s very touching to see how Sylvan has led them to a longstanding path of academic success.

— Kim Teixeira, a Sylvan multi-unit franchisee in Chesapeake, Virginia

Sylvan struck me as a strong business opportunity, but also a chance for real personal fulfillment, and that’s exactly what I was looking for.

— Mike Kelley, new Sylvan multi-unit franchisee in Minnesota

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Key Takeaways

  • With 40 years of experience and 750 locations, Sylvan’s proven systems—which cover an extensive range of academic disclipines—provide unparalleled name recognition and proven results.
  • The demand for customized, one-on-one supplemental education is huge—and always increasing.
  • Thanks to Sylvan’s comprehensive training and support programs, resources, and expertise, no previous experience in the field of education is required of franchisees.
  • Sylvan students typically see 2x - 3x more growth in math and reading than the national average.
  • Every aspect of Sylvan’s innovative business utilizes technology while still prioritizing personalized, face-to-face connections with students.
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  • With an average gross revenue of $692,531 among Sylvan’s top 25% of territories, Sylvan offers an opportunity that’s as rewarding financially as it is emotionally.

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