Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Sylvan Learning Center of Northern Westchester

1.

Name of organization:

Educational Enterprises, LLC dba Sylvan Learning Center of Northern Westchester

Primary location:

92 Triangle Center
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Emmett B. Green, Center Director
Telephone (914) 962-8840
Email: sylvanyorktown@optonline.net

LEAs where service will be provided:

Carmel Central School District
Croton-Harmon Central School District
Hendrick Hudson Schools
Lakeland Central School District
Mahopac Central School District
Ossining Union Free School District
Peekskill City School District
Putnam Valley Central School District
Somers Central School District
Yorktown Heights Central School District

2.

Years provider has delivered service:

2003 to Present

3.

Evidence that services have been effective:

Sylvan Learning Center students comprise a diverse population, including those from low-income families and minority groups.
In the Sylvan Learning Center we assess our impact on student achievement, in part, by analyzing Grade Equivalent gains.  We measure these gains using pre- and post- program performance on a nationally recognized standardized assessment, the California Achievement Test (CAT/5).
In 2005, nationally, 81% of Sylvan's more than 38,000 reading students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.  In 2005, 87% of Sylvan's more than 22,000 math students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.
In 2005, in the Sylvan Learning Center of Northern Westchester, 99% of our 68 reading students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.  In 2005, 99% of our 67 math students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.
In 2006, in our Sylvan Learning Center, 99% of our 54 reading students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.  In 2006, 99% of our 38 math students increased at least one grade equivalent on the CAT after 36 hours of instruction.
The entire Sylvan Learning Center curriculum is based on re-search, best practices and common sense approach.

4.

Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

Sylvan Beginning Reading
Sylvan Academic Reading
Sylvan Math Essentials

5.

Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

Kindergarten through 12th Grade

6.

Content area(s) provider will serve:

Reading and Mathematics

7.

Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

The recommendation for attendance is a minimum of two (2) sessions per week for each student.

8.

Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

A session is a full hour (60 minutes).

9.

Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

The services will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday after school from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  During the summer (June 25, 2007 - September 1, 2007) weekday morning sessions are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Services are offered 12 months per year.

10.

Type of instruction:

Sylvan Learning Center offers personalized instruction to meet each student's needs.  The program starts with a Sylvan Skills Assessment.  We use the results to create a learning plan to guide each student's reading or math instruction.  Students sit at a table with up to two other students and one instructor who works individually with each student on his or her own, personalized lesson plan.  The Sylvan tutoring programs are tied to state and district standards to help students learn skills that will be needed for standardized tests.

10a

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

Sylvan Learning Center can provide services to students with disabilities, and is aware of and does comply with IDEA and ADA requirements.  We are generally able to make reasonable accommodations to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities.

10b

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

Sylvan Learning Center can provide services to students with limited English proficiency through the use of an interpreter, as needed.

11.

Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

The Sylvan Learning Center program requires a Bachelor's degree and a teaching certification.  In certain circumstances, Sylvan Learning Center makes exception for math instructors who may be hired without a teaching certificate.

12.

Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

Sylvan Learning Center is committed to the premise that constructive family involvement is crucial to a child's academic success.  Therefore, our programs call for regular contact with each student's parent, guardian or relative.
In setting student goals, Sylvan Learning Center uses a diagnostic-prescriptive methodology to determine an individualized instructional plan for each student.  Sylvan Learning Center shares the information with the parents in the initial conference.  Sylvan Learning Center also shares initial and ending assessment information with parents in the form of oral and written progress reports.
Written progress reports use clear, concise language, and provide reference resources for parents who require assistance to understand the full meaning of these important communications.  Progress reports are typically delivered several times throughout the program.  They are also delivered to parents as part of parent conferences, which typically occur two or more times throughout the program.  Overall, the Sylvan Learning Center philosophy is grounded in keeping parents informed and involved -- informed about their child's progress; involved in their child's education.  To this end, Sylvan Learning Center uses the methods described below to assist parents in helping their child at home, as their time permits, and in becoming partners in their child's education.  A variety of the communication techniques described below may be used to enable Sylvan Learning Center to accommodate parents' busy schedule.  For example, we will conduct phone conferences for parents who cannot attend in-person conferences.

13.

Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)

Sylvan does not provide transportation to or from program sites.

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Additional relevant information:

 

Last Updated: May 2, 2012