by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Jessica Breaux

Creating Results

Sylvan Learning Center Helps Students Turn Bs into As and Frustration into Confidence


Struggling in school can be stressful not only for students, but for parents as well. Sylvan Learning Center, a supplemental education service located in Encinitas and serving North County, aims to help ease the frustration that accompanies students and families experiencing academic struggle. “We help parents set out goals, and help students reach those goals in the most effective and economical way,” explained the center’s owner, Brandon Khieu. “Results matter.”

Speaking of results, families across North County have given the Sylvan Learning Center in Encinitas an approval rating of over 95%. “Our goal is to continue improving our services for students and parents,” said Brandon. “We are even looking to expand our business to include home tutoring services.” Currently, the center offers individualized math, reading, and writing for students in pre-K through the 12th grade. “All of our programs are aligned with the Common Core curriculum,” Brandon stated. “Our teachers are trained to teach students with the most effective method.”


“Students and teachers build strong bonds and work hard toward their goals.”

Each teacher at Sylvan is credentialed and experienced in local Common Core math programs, making the center a perfect fit for any student that may be intimidated by their math assignments. To further deliver comprehensive individualized programs, the center has made an extensive improvement by digitizing all content, delivering programs on high-tech devices such as iPads. This allows teachers to quickly modify the students’ programs, and content can be easily updated to common core requirements. Brandon described, “Students and teachers build strong bonds and work hard towards their goals.”

Sylvan Learning Center also offers college SAT/ACT prep, providing individualized curriculum and classroom courses. Their comprehensive test prep program guides students not only by helping them review academic material but also through the development of crucial testing taking skills. “Our SAT program yields strong results, with students improving their scores by 150 to 300 points!” exclaimed Brandon. And if your child is interested in STEM, the center offers courses and camps, including robotics, coding, and engineering. “The programs enable students to engage in technology,” explained Brandon. “Students are motivated by high energy. Sylvan Learning Center is an exciting and high-energy area.”


With a mission to become the leading provider of pre-K through 12th grade supplemental educational services and to continue making a difference in the lives of children by helping them discover the joy of learning, the team at Sylvan Learning Center believes it is important to inspire students to succeed. They’re so passionate about education that they even partner with the Boys & Girls Club Foundation to provide free scholarships to some qualifying students. What does this Sylvan team find to be most important about the learning experience? Brandon concluded, “Education is everything. Learning should be personal, great teachers can inspire, technology accelerates learning, and results matter!”



Business: Sylvan Learning Center
Owner: Brandon Khieu
Directors: Kimm Emerson and Bonnie Orphanos
Year of Establishment: 2000
Address: 130-B North El Camino Real,
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-942-5454
Business Description: Tutoring students from pre-K through 12th grade on reading, writing, math, science, study skills, and College prep (ACT/SAT); and enriching students through many exciting and challenging STEM camps such as robotic, coding, and engineering courses.