Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning


For more than 30 years, Sylvan has helped more than two million students learn to read, write, calculate, and organize themselves to reach their potential inside and outside of the classroom. More importantly, Sylvan has helped children develop a love of learning and a confidence that they carry throughout their lives.

Help your child catch up, keep up, or get ahead.

Most students — regardless of their academic performance — can use extra help to achieve their full learning potential in one or more key subjects. At Sylvan, we offer a choice of quality tutoring programs to help students improve overall. Our proven process begins with a Sylvan Skills Assessment test that is designed to identify your child's strengths and needs, so that we can then create a personalized program that's right for your child. Our trained and certified teachers ensure that your child receives the individualized attention necessary to master the skills needed to do better in school and better in life.

Sylvan is more than tutoring.

Every Sylvan Learning Center is a centerpiece to the community and surrounding neighborhoods. At Sylvan, we are committed to being good neighbors and valued partners in the communities in which we live and work. Our more than 900 local centers are proud to work in conjunction with our local school systems and neighborhood organizations to create educational initiatives that benefit children for life.


The first Sylvan Learning Center was opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1979 by W. Berry Fowler, a high school teacher who saw the need for after school support for students who were falling behind at school. He understood that personalized, skill based instruction was key to helping students who were behind to catch up, and that teaching metacognative skills, problems solving and study skills were key to helping them keep up and get ahead. Since 1979 Sylvan's success with students has seen them grow to become the number one provider of supplemental education in North America.

Services Offered

There is no one-size-fits-all approach with Sylvan. Successful learning requires a focus on the individual, to unlock each child's potential.

At Sylvan, your child's program is custom-tailored to meet his or her academic goals and needs.

Here's how it works:

Our assessment provides valuable insight into your child's academic needs
Then, we create a custom learning plan to address those specific needs
Dedicated teachers keep your child engaged and motivated to learn
Ongoing evaluations and program updates ensure learning is kept challenging yet never frustrating.

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Interesting Facts

All of the Sylvans Learning Centers on Vancouver Island are owned, operated and staffed by certified teachers! In the 26 years that Sylvan has been part of the Vancouver Island Community they have had the privilege of working with more than 5,000 students! All of the Sylvan Centers on Vancouver Island, Victoria, Westshore, Duncan and Nanaimo are owned and operated by the same owners.

Connection to the Community

Sylvan Learning has been part of the Vancouver Island community for more than 25 years and has always been locally owned and operated.Over the years, Sylvan has sponsored a variety of organizations from the Autism Awareness Walk to the Gordon Head Soccer Assoc. Currently Sylvan students are reaching beyond their local environment and are raising money to purchase a stove for an orphanage in Mexico

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