The Value of Partnerships 


Sylvan Learning of the Rio Grande Valley has provided high quality educational programming to over 85,000 students in 95 percent of the local school districts, which in turn has secured over 30 million dollars in academic funding since 2002.

After 17 years of serving the Rio Grande Valley area, Sylvan has established a lengthy track record of success. Sylvan’s data-driven instruction and customizable academic programming, which is tailored to meet and exceed the state’s academic performance standards, has delivered unmatched academic growth. Students benefit through small group instruction, comprehensive, yet flexible programs, and highly trained certified teachers.

Director of Contract Services Yuko Garcia explains that the most important question she will ask a potential school partner is what the specific needs are.

“Every school is different,” Garcia said. “One school wants to prepare students for the STAAR exam. Another requests we introduce students to the fun world of STEM with our robotics, engineering, and coding programs. Some schools want to target Tier II or Tier III students with our ACE It! Reading and Math Tutoring programs.”

Garcia adds that Sylvan has programs for every age and grade level, including high school. “High schools take advantage of our ACT/SAT Prep or TSI Prep seminars or boot camps, which helps increase their testing scores,” she said.

As school administrators search for effective and efficient solutions for RTI (Response to Intervention), Sylvan Learning tailors its programs to meet the school’s academic needs and goals regardless of subject and grade level. Sylvan can fulfill the academic needs of any school with programs such as ACE It! Tutoring, SylvanSync personalized tutoring, STAAR or End of Course (EOC) preparation, ACT/SAT Prep, writing tutoring, and academic and enrichment camps. This also includes creating curriculum for new programs to fit the schools’ needs and goals.

For over seven years, Sylvan Learning has worked with IDEA McAllen College Prep founding principal Joan Alvarez. Garcia says they have seen academic growth through Sylvan’s ACT and TSI Prep courses.

“The Sylvan team is proactive and solution-oriented,” Alvarez said. “We have seen student gains in our math, reading, and writing results.”

With individual instruction and scientifically based programs to meet each students’ unique learning needs, Sylvan can help students cultivate the skills to excel academically and give them the confidence to thrive in every aspect of life.

For more information on Sylvan Learning programs and school partnership opportunities, call (956) 682-9800.

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