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The Sylvan Story

How Sylvan Learning is Applying its 40 Years of Experience to Lay the Groundwork for the Future of Education

Sylvan Learning Chief Franchisee Operations Officer Susan Valverde and Vice President of Education Emily Levitt provide a look into the company’s plans to remain leaders in the education sector.

When thinking back to what the education system offered forty years ago, it’s safe to say that almost every aspect of the educational experience has changed for all players involved, and drastically. From the ever-developing role of technology in the classroom to the rising cost of obtaining a college education here in the U.S., the leading
supplementary and enrichment education franchise has been doing its homework to prepare for what’s next. But in actuality, Sylvan has been practicing personalized learning and a three to one teacher to student ratio for decades, setting its students up for optimal success and proven results.

“Like any organization in the education sector, the future of education is an extremely important topic here at Sylvan,” said Sylvan Learning Chief Franchisee Operations Officer Susan Valverde, who started with the brand as a franchisee nearly 15 years ago before coming on board as the head of operations in 2016. “Sylvan has always been focused on providing affordable, convenient solutions for families and kids of all ages, so that is, and always will be, at the forefront of our minds when considering any new program or initiative put in place to keep up with our students’ needs.”

With the National Center for Educational Statistics foreseeing a jump in college enrollment over the next 10 years, rising from the 19.9 million enrolled in fall of 2018 to 20.5 million students by the fall of 2027, the demand for higher education shows no signs of slowing, and as a result, neither do the associated costs for students and their parents.

“The access to higher education is becoming more and more of a barrier in this country,” said Valverde. “So we’ve done a lot to develop tools that help families increase awareness and resources for accessing that level of education for their child. Specifically, we’ve been very focused on growing the number of students who we serve through our college prep program - ultimately increasing the chance at scholarships to help them achieve that four-year or associate degree.”

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Key Takeaways

  • For decades, Sylvan has stayed ahead of the educational industry curve, perfecting personalized learning and providing a rare 3-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • SylvanSync, the engaging e-learning platform implemented by Sylvan in 2012, was launched when most K-12 learning was still completed on pen and paper.
  • With the National Center for Educational Statistics projecting a jump in college enrollment over the next 10 years—rising from 19.9 million enrolled in the fall of 2018 to 20.5 million students by the fall of 2027—the demand for higher education shows no signs of slowing.
  • While admissions standards have become more stringent, Sylvan has developed tools to help more high school students receive SAT and ACT college prep resources, ultimately increasing the chance of earning acceptances, scholarships and degrees.
  • Sylvan puts its programs through independent research to ensure that they deliver results. Sylvan is the only tutoring company that measures academic achievement in a systematic manner.

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