No need to hunt for that A+. Huntington Learning Centers provides tutoring services to students from kindergarten through 12th grade (ages 5 to 17) to help them get better grades, raise their test scores, and improve their study skills. Each enrolled student is given a series of diagnostic tests to discover his or her abilities, isolate problem areas, and develop an individualized instruction program. The company franchises locations across the US; it has more than 400 learning centers located in 42 states. The firm also offers Huntington School Services franchises that tutor students at underperforming schools. Huntington Learning was founded in 1977 by Dr. Raymond and Eileen Huntington.
The cost to establish a Huntington Learning Center franchise is between about $220,000 and $375,000. Franchise owners come from a range of professional backgrounds including sales, finance, real estate, military, and, of course, education. Huntington Learning Center looks for franchisees who have at least $60,000 cash-in-hand to invest and a net worth of more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Huntington Learning Center's services include one-on-one tutoring for high school seniors to help them raise their scores on college preparatory exams, such as the SAT/PSAT and ACT. Other subjects students are tutored in include reading, writing, math, phonics, vocabulary, and general study skills. Parents pay tuition for their children's after-school or summer tutoring
In 2009, Huntington Learning Centers began offering tutoring to underprivileged or at-risk students in poorly performing schools through its School Services franchises. Services are provided in homes, schools, or community centers. The program, a new focus for Huntington, derives its funding for tutoring through the federal government's No Child Left Behind program and is delivered free to the students it serves. Huntington Learning Centers is an approved provider to the federal program. With cash-starved districts cutting back wherever they can, operations such as the School Services unit are in higher demand during recessionary periods.
The company began franchising in 1985 and continues its aggressive pace of opening new learning centers in remaining markets in the US. Huntington named Dzana Homan as CEO in 2008. Homan was previously president and CEO of Futurekids Inc. – less