Many parents choose tutoring for their children, either to enrich their academic experience or to give them help when they struggle in school. Atlanta has several tutoring center options. Read this comparison to find the one that's right for your family.
Philosophy: Kumon started in Japan about 50 years ago. Kumon's goal is to get students performing above their grade level, so most parents use it for enrichment. However, Kumon offers remedial help as well. Repetition is key in the Kumon program. The program recommends attendance for six months - one year for maximum benefit.
Program: Students attend Kumon twice a week and complete worksheets at home.
Subjects: reading and math
Standardized test prep: Kumon does not offer formal test prep but says its students are taught the skills to perform well on tests
Ages: preschool (Junior Kumon)-high school
Cost: Independent franchises set their prices, but typically the cost is $95-$125 per month, plus a one-time registration fee.
Locations: In Atlanta, find Kumon Learning Centers in Piedmont Park, Peachtree Battle, Lavista, Buckhead, Northlake, and Sandtown. Outside Atlanta, Kumon has locations in Decatur, Smyrna, Mableton, Lithonia, Marietta, Dunwoody, Norcross, Lilburn, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, Douglasville, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Kennesaw, Johns Creek, Acworth, Suwanee, Peachtree City, and Newnan.
Philosophy: Mathnasium offers math tutoring to help children succeed in math at school. Because they focus only on math, their methods are highly specialized.
Program: Students attend Mathnasium two or three times per week for one hour
Subjects: math only
Standardized test prep: SAT, ACT, CRCT, EOCT, ITBS, Compass Test
Ages: preschool-high school
Cost: Choose 3-, 6-, or 12-month sessions. Mathnasium does not publish pricing.
Locations: In the Atlanta area, find Mathnasiums in Smyrna, Marietta, Roswell, Fayetteville, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Peachtree City, Acworth, and Suwanee.
Philosophy: Huntington's centers have been around for more than 30 years and have proven records of teaching students to be successful.
Program: Huntington offers one-on-one tutoring, as well as small group learning environments with a 4:1 tutor/student ratio. Students start with an evaluation, and tutors design a customized learning plan.
Subjects: reading, writing, math, phonics, vocabulary, study skills
Standardized test prep: SAT, PSAT, ACT
Cost: Huntington does not publish pricing.
Locations: In the Atlanta area, find a Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta, Cartersville, Cumming, Douglasville, Dunwoody, Marietta, Peachtree City, and Woodstock.
Philosophy: Sylvan's goal is to provide children with the tools to succeed in school, by offering an individual assessment, a personalized plan, and specific feedback to students and parents.
Program: Sylvan's programs are flexible - they have evening and weekend hours, or you can choose live, online help from your home. The student/tutor ratio is 3:1, and students attend for an hour several times per week. Sylvan offers academic camps during school breaks.
Subjects: reading, writing, math, and study skills
Standardized test prep: SAT, ACT
Ages: preK-high school
Cost: Prices differ by location and subject, but in general after a placement test that costs $95, Sylvan charges $52-$56/hour. They often run specials, such as a summer opportunity to purchase 36 hours and receive 10% off.
Locations: In Atlanta, find a Sylvan in Toco Hills and Buckhead. Outside Atlanta, there are Sylvans in Austell, Norcross, Fayetteville, Marietta, Conyers, Hiram, Snellville, Cumming, Suwanee, and Flowery Branch.