Education Programs Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 40
Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Initial Investment: $64K - $134K

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# 79
Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz

Initial Investment: $34K - $51K

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# 84
Eye Level Learning Centers

Eye Level Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $76K - $139K

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# 140
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Initial Investment: $33K - $57K

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# 157
Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor

Initial Investment: $66K - $104K

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# 169
Mathnasium Learning Centers

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $91K - $138K

# 175
JEI Learning Centers

JEI Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $61K - $100K

# 198
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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# 208
School of Rock

School of Rock

Initial Investment: $138K - $327K

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# 252
Engineering for Kids

Engineering for Kids

Initial Investment: $27K - $94K

# 253
High Touch-High Tech

High Touch-High Tech

Initial Investment: $60K - $64K

# 315
LearningRx

LearningRx

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 356
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 379
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 434
Omega Learning Center

Omega Learning Center

Initial Investment: $151K - $194K

# 456
Mad Science Group Inc.

Mad Science Group Inc.

Initial Investment: $70K - $90K

# 484
Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning

Initial Investment: $187K - $282K

# 487
Genius Kids

Genius Kids

Initial Investment: $225K - $575K

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A Plus All Subjects Tutoring Inc.

A Plus All Subjects Tutoring Inc.

Initial Investment: $38K - $72K

NR
ABC Do-Re-ME!

ABC Do-Re-ME!

Initial Investment: $2K - $8K

NR
Above Grade Level In-Home Tutoring

Above Grade Level In-Home Tutoring

Initial Investment: $52K - $77K

NR
Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle

Initial Investment: $38K - $80K

NR
All About Kids

All About Kids

Initial Investment: $2.7M - $3.4M

NR
Athena Learning Centers

Athena Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $75K - $151K

NR
Baby Sensory USA

Baby Sensory USA

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

NR
Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock

Initial Investment: $370K - $523K

NR
Best in Class Education Center

Best in Class Education Center

Initial Investment: $57K - $97K

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NR
Brain Balance Achievement Centers

Brain Balance Achievement Centers

Initial Investment: $260K - $361K

NR
Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

Initial Investment: $34K - $180K

NR
Bricks Bots & Beakers

Bricks Bots & Beakers

Initial Investment: $18K - $28K

NR
British Swim School USA

British Swim School USA

Initial Investment: $75K - $113K

NR
Building Kidz School

Building Kidz School

Initial Investment: $158K - $432K

NR
Chef It Up!/Chef It Up 2 Go!

Chef It Up!/Chef It Up 2 Go!

Initial Investment: $16K - $60K

NR
Chyten Educational Services

Chyten Educational Services

Initial Investment: $139K - $262K

NR
Class 101

Class 101

Initial Investment: $36K - $55K

NR
Coder School, the

Coder School, the

Initial Investment: $77K - $139K

NR
College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies and Tutors

Initial Investment: $177K - $229K

NR
CompuChild

CompuChild

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

NR
Computer Explorers

Computer Explorers

Initial Investment: $63K - $73K

NR
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

NR
Elite Tutoring Place

Elite Tutoring Place

Initial Investment: $62K - $129K

NR
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

NR
Foodie Kids

Foodie Kids

Initial Investment: $138K - $228K

NR
Franchise Little Engineers

Franchise Little Engineers

Initial Investment: $24K - $51K

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Fresh Green Light

Fresh Green Light

Initial Investment: $111K - $188K

NR
GradePower Learning

GradePower Learning

Initial Investment: $97K - $256K

NR
Great Play Children's Gyms

Great Play Children's Gyms

Initial Investment: $189K - $427K

NR
Gymboree Play & Music

Gymboree Play & Music

Initial Investment: $120K - $277K

NR
Ho Math Chess Tutoring Center

Ho Math Chess Tutoring Center

Initial Investment: $32K - $32K

NR
Hobby Quest

Hobby Quest

Initial Investment: $39K - $53K

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There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style. The objective factors are plugged into our exclusive Franchise 500® formula, with each eligible company receiving a cumulative score.

Remember that the Franchise 500® is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and a CPA in reviewing any legal or financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

Research compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and J.R. Jimenez with assistance from Hava Arieh, Rick Ignarra, Nicole Jurinek, Yvette Madrid, Jessica Nguyen and Giuseppe Ricapito; technical assistance from Angel Cool and Daniel Sibitzky; financial analysis by David R. Juedes, CPA; graphic design by Karen Meneghin.

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