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Sylvan Learning Announces Expansion Throughout Greater Houston

Top Education Franchise Brand Seeks Franchisees in Key Growth Market 

May 28, 2014 // // BALTIMORE – Sylvan Learning, the personal learning pioneer for more than three million students and counting, is expanding its Texas footprint with education franchise opportunities for local entrepreneurs to own new centers throughout Greater Houston. The company has served families in the market for 30 years and seeks to more than double its presence in the market by opening 15 new locations over the next several years.

Sylvan is targeting expansion in undeveloped territories throughout Greater Houston that are ready for their first Sylvan Learning Center. Communities across Austin, Washington, Waller, Fort Bend, Harris Galveston and Brazoria counties are being targeted, including Aldine, Houston and South Houston. Sylvan Learning currently operates 11 locations in the Houston area.

"Supplemental education services have never been more in demand and Sylvan’s proven business model, breakthrough technology and reasonable investment cost have made us the country’s top education franchise," said Barbara Timm-Brock, Chief Growth Officer, Sylvan Learning. "With the importance of education and increased competition to get into colleges of choice, more families are seeking the personal learning experience that can only be found at Sylvan."

Sylvan Learning has been an industry leader for more than three decades because the company is committed to innovation that meets the needs of today's students and the business goals of its franchisees. No other education franchise offers Sylvan's state-of-the-art Insight process, which pairs a best-in-class computer-adaptive assessment with a student’s self-assessment of habits and attitudes toward academics to create a 360-degree view of each child’s needs. This allows Sylvan to design learning plans that adapt to each child’s individual skill level and pace, meeting the needs of any family throughout its academic journey.

Chris Pittner, who has been a Sylvan franchisee for seven years, owns 13 locations throughout Texas, including six in Houston.

"I chose to franchise with Sylvan because education is an industry you can feel good about. It helps people improve their livelihood and that is something that is in line with my values and goals," Pittner said. "Sylvan has very strong brand awareness and is investing in its future significantly more than some of the other concepts I considered. Its technology, specifically SylvanSync™, allows its franchisees to expand operations outside of their physical centers. I’m very interested in growing my business through mobile sites and Sylvan’s business model allows us to do that."

Sylvan continues to distance itself from the competition and lead the growing education and technology industry with its proprietary iPad® teaching system called SylvanSync™, which blends personal lessons taught by Sylvan-certified instructors with technology students love. Sylvan is the only supplemental education brand to offer this breakthrough learning technology, which also enables center owners to scale their business by bringing the Learning Center directly to their students. Franchisees are able to offer Sylvan’s proven programs at schools, community centers and libraries and gain market share in the process.

"Our ideal franchisee has a passion for education and for making a difference through learning that is unique to every student, every time," said Timm-Brock. "Offering our franchisees innovative technology like SylvanSync™ gives them the tools they need to succeed as a Sylvan business owner and ultimately have a positive impact on their community."

Sylvan Learning seeks single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand's rapid expansion across the U.S. and Canada. New territories are now available in Houston. For more information, contact Sylvan’s Franchise Development team at (800) 284-8214 or visit

About Sylvan Learning

With over 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. As the leader in supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills, math, reading, writing, and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan also provides educational services to public and non-public schools. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS, visit or Sylvan’s Mom Minded blog at

SOURCE Sylvan Learning


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