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Sylvan Learning Center - Franchise

Quick Franchise Summary

Come join the leader in supplemental education and explore the opportunity to invest in a sustainable franchise business. With more than 38 years of experience, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. Inquire today!

Sylvan Learning Center
Franchise Cost, Fees & Facts for 2021

Minimum Cash Required$80,000
Net Worth Required$150,000
Total Investment$70,980 – $159,885
Franchise Fee$24,000
Financing AssistanceAvailable
Year Founded1970
# of Existing Units750
Training & SupportYes
Military/Veteran PromotionYes
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We are currently accepting inquiries in ALL States


Sylvan Learning Center - Franchise Information

What We Do
As the leader in the supplemental educational space, Sylvan has been licensing to franchisees for over 38 years delivering individualized tutoring instruction. We’ve internally developed SylvanSync, a proprietary digital teaching platform designed to support each student's distinct learning needs. Sylvan Learning supports core tutoring programs in Reading, Math, Study Skills, Writing, and Homework Help. With SylvanSync's mobility in addition to the growing popularity of the STEM line, Sylvan EDGE, Sylvan has enabled franchisees to open in satellite locations in order to expand their footprint across a larger geographic area, allowing more convenience for their consumers and additional accompanying revenue streams to you as the franchisee. You have the ability to offer satellites at schools to deliver an after school EDGE program, or even at your local YMCA to provide the 3:1 tutoring model to families who find your second location more convenient. There are always opportunities for additional satellite locations within the territory, and Sylvan encourages you to explore those.

Sylvan Learning is the most recognized brand in supplemental and enrichment education, and the nation's largest provider of STEM education. With more than 750 locations and over 39 years of stellar results from our students and our franchisees, our franchise system has emerged as a leader in the industry. With a proven track record of success and the right tools in place, Sylvan is a strong and long-term opportunity in a booming segment.

Extraordinary Futures Begin Here
Our proven tutoring programs are just the beginning. From cool STEM classes to college prep to school contract opportunities, discover the many ways we inspire kids to make anything possible.

At Sylvan, We Believe

  • Education is everything - A child’s future depends on a solid education and a love of learning. We teach our students how to learn, so they build confidence and develop the skills needed to achieve success in school and beyond.
  • Learning should be personal - No two students are exactly alike. They learn in different ways and at different paces. That’s why we develop personal learning plans that are unique to each student.
  • Great teachers inspire - Our teachers don’t just teach. They help turn frustration into confidence, B’s into A’s, and strugglers into achievers. They inspire one student at a time.
  • Technology accelerates learning - Technology doesn’t teach students, teachers do. We blend great teaching with great technology to get the best out of every student.
  • Results matter - We’re committed to inspiring every Sylvan student to advance in our programs and are the only education franchise confident enough in its results to launch an improvement guarantee. Thirty-nine years of great results, millions of successful students and counting.

Proven Business Model 
It’s no accident Sylvan has been an education industry leader for over 39 years. We have a retail formula that works, with innovative technology, a proven approach to personal learning, high-demand programs, and a franchise community that’s passionate about changing lives!

Sylvan is providing the most advanced and innovative approach to education in the industry. By expanding to enrichment courses through our STEM based product line, and assisting students from ages 4.5 up through college, we've been leading the way in personalized instruction for almost four decades.

Our sizable program mix and modular curriculum allow franchisees to deliver services through parent pay and institutional contract opportunities, while also providing them with the option for multi-revenue streams providing higher revenue potential.

Our Growth Opportunities 
Whether you’re interested in operating a single education franchise or multiple franchises, it’s an ideal time to consider Sylvan. Our education franchise system is undergoing rapid expansion across the United States, Canada and International markets. We have dozens of new territories in the pipeline.

Breakthrough Technology 
We’ve invested in technology to engage children in learning and accelerate their progress. SylvanSync™ is our proprietary, digital teaching platform. It allows our teachers to use iPads® as teaching tools and engage families through websites and virtual rewards.

Training and Support
We also provides a plethora of training and support ranging from a personal Franchise Business Consultant and a Local Marketing Specialist, a 4-day intensive in person training in the beginning of the transition as well as a multitude of additional trainings delivered online, via phone, and in person throughout your lifetime as a franchisee.

Ideal Candidate 
You don't have to have a background in education to be a successful Sylvan Learning franchisee. We are looking for candidates with an entrepreneurial drive and experience in sales, marketing, management, or technology. We want you to combine that experience and drive with a passion to make a difference in the lives of students and at your franchise.


"I love being a business owner in my community. And Sylvan’s modular STEM programs and cutting edge technology create opportunities to work with both schools and families, allowing for multiple revenue streams. Being a multi-unit franchisee creates an economy of scale which lets me market more effectively. I know we’re making a difference in the lives of our students and that’s what we work for every day." Rand Bleimeister, Sylvan Franchisee
"I have worked in other industries where the opportunity to make signi?cant income and grow your career is available. However, if that is the sole motive in your work, income alone can become an empty ful?llment. What I have found in Sylvan is the ability to maintain both of those opportunities, while offering a service that leaves lifelong in?uence and has ability to change a child or adolescent’s life. The income is rewarding, but the vehicle with which we do it through is even more so. It makes it easy to get up and come to work each day when that is the case." Matthew Sullivan, Sylvan Franchisee

Military & Veteran Promotions

We have 4 new territory veteran incentives that reduce your franchise fee from $24,000 to $0!

Press Releases & Awards

7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - Sylvan Learning Reduces Start-Up Costs to Attract the Next Generation of Franchisees
6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - Baltimore Sun: Sylvan Learning makes big push into China
5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - Sylvan Learning Franchisees to Watch: Why Multi-Unit Owners Todd Crabtree and Carli Ganet are Growing with the Brand
3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - 10 Reasons You Should Buy a Sylvan

Additional Info

Training & Support

You will work directly with Sylvan's corporate New Franchisee Services Team to help you get started, prepared, and they'll continue to work with you once you're an official franchisee.