Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 5, 2013

Ready to get going

Sylvan classes to begin on March 18

Jayson Larson
The Athens Review

Athens — After months of planning, Sylvan Learning Center is ready to officially branch out into Athens.

On March 18, Sylvan — which has been in Tyler for 30 years — will begin its first set of classes at the Cain Center. Ten students will comprise the first class, which will last 10 weeks. Two sessions are held each week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cain Center Executive Director Tere Lawyer said this will begin a longterm partnership between Sylvan and the Cain Center. Sylvan is planning to offer a range of sessions for a variety of educational subjects, including SAT prep.

“After this (first 10-week session,” Lawyer said, “the sky’s the limit.”

Lawyer said five scholarships were provided by local businesses, including Texas Ragtime and First State Bank of Athens. Other area businesses are welcome to offer similar support for future classes that will help students improve their reading and mathematics skills.

Sylvan Learning’s process includes administering a series of achievement tests to identify skill gaps and learning deficiencies that a student may have.  Lessons are formulated for each individual student, with testing at the conclusion of each lesson to measure progress.

The student teacher ratio will be five-to-one.  All instruction will be provided, supported, measured, and recorded with utilization of a proprietary iPad-based, instructional internet program named Sylvan Sync.  Parents, through an internet portal called My Sylvan, may access and track their child’s progress, along with a host of other useful resources.

Through support from Virtual Communications and Texas Ragtime, Inc., the Cain Center has upgraded its computer network and Wi-Fi systems to support the learning program.

For additional information regarding the program, please call the Cain Center at 903-677-2000.