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Go Back to School with a Tutoring Franchise

With an unparalleled demand for tutoring, prospective franchisees have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and enter a recession-proof industry with these five franchises.

By Victoria CampisiStaff Writer
Updated 9:09AM 01/27/23

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 97% of educators reported some sort of learning loss in their students compared to previous years. Many parents are turning to tutoring to get their children back on track, with firm McKinsey & Company even suggesting 50 minutes of tutoring a day. 

And although the federal government has disbursed approximately $190 billion in funds to support schools’ COVID-19 recovery efforts, new data shows this may not be adequate. According to The 74, data now suggests that the cost to “erase the damage to learning caused by COVID” is closer to $700 billion. 

With the unparalleled demand for tutors, franchisees have more opportunity than ever to get into the segment and make a difference in their communities. While there are a handful of tutoring franchises to choose from, some stand out above the rest in terms of reputation, services offered and overall success. Here are five options to consider. 

Sylvan Learning*

Investment Range: $85,525–$186,930

Unit Count: 710+

With more than 40 years of experience and more than 710 points of presence, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE—STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep—college and test prep courses.


Investment Range: $67,428–$145,640

Unit Count: 26,500+

Kumon is a structured, self-learning program that gives children the critical-thinking skills and mindset to learn new materials independently. The key to Kumon Programs is the individualized instruction, carefully planned by an instructor and practiced daily at home or in the Center. A disciplined, worksheet approach to learning advances children’s abilities in the classroom and throughout life. 


Investment Range: $112,860–$148,655

Unit Count: 1,000+

Mathnasium focuses on one subject: mathematics. Initially, students begin with an assessment to identify their learning needs. By finding out what each student already knows, no time is wasted. The company also performs assessments at key intervals to help make sure the material learned is being retained. The methods are based on those developed by math educator Larry Martinek over 40 years ago. 

Tutor Doctor

Investment Range: $94,295–$138,995

Unit Count: 700+

Tutor Doctor provides tutoring services to students of all ages, levels and subjects. At the customer’s convenience, tutors come to their home to fill in the gaps in a child’s knowledge base. The franchise uses an X-skills program that is a highly customized approach designed to help students develop the “executive” skills needed for sustained academic success.

Huntington Learning Center

Investment Range: $148,000–$263,000

Unit Count: 280+

Founded in 1977 by Ray and Eileen Huntington, Huntington Learning Center offers individualized in-person and online tutoring programs for K-12 students nationwide. The Huntington business model is based on two key pillars: helping students achieve world-class results and maximizing franchise profitability. Dedication to these two areas is what has led Huntington Learning Center to its position as a top-performing franchise in the tutoring industry.

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.