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The Best in Class Education Center Franchise Program

Buy a Franchise That Makes a Difference
The Best in Class organization is perfectly positioned for growth in the education franchise industry.

Since we began operating education centers over twenty years ago, we have demonstrated that we can garner results for students of all types, and in multiple markets across the U.S.

Market for Supplemental Education

It’s Time to View Education as an Opportunity – for Students and for YOU.

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There has never been a better time to get on board with a growing concept like Best in Class Education Center. We focus on students of all ages who want to succeed, by offering tailored teaching materials and programs that encourage them to learn at their own pace. Our curricula’s customizable setup allows us to cater to gifted students who need additional challenges, students performing at grade level who want some extra practice, students in need of remedial instruction to catch up to grade level, students who need to prepare for standardized tests and college preparation, English language learners, and more. This allows us to cater to numerous markets and bring in multiple revenue streams.

Parents are constantly seeking ways they can help with their children’s education. Countless studies and reports point to the benefits of individualized afterschool education programs.

There are many ways you can help students in your community, as you build your own center. Best of all, with Best in Class, you can run a business that is highly rewarding on so many levels.

Educational Franchise Advantages

Advantages of a Best in Class Educational Franchise
Teaching is what we do. That’s why we are committed to providing the training, tools and support that franchise owners need to operate their educational franchises effectively.

When you join the Best in Class educational franchise program, you benefit from our years of experience and operational excellence, which gives you an immediate competitive advantage in your marketplace.

Here’s just some of what you will receive:

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  • Complete training at our corporate headquarters covering all key aspects of operating your franchised center.
  • Set-up guidance for your education center, including advice on site selection, build-out and design.
  • Comprehensive operational tools, including our proprietary curriculum materials, our confidential operations manual, and state-of-the-art center management software modules.
  • Ongoing support from headquarters, and periodic on-site visits from dedicated Best in Class support staff.
  • Advertising and marketing assistance to keep students coming through your doors.
  • …and so much more!

Veteran Franchise Program

3-3-3 Veteran's Franchise Incentive
Best in Class Education Vet Fran Best in Class Education is proud of our U.S. veterans. We thank you for bravely serving our country and risking your lives to protect our nation. We know you are passionate about improving the lives of Americans in any way you can. If you have a passion for education and a real desire to invest in your future -- and the future of young students in your local area -- a Best in Class Education Center may be the key to opening the doors to the future. We would like to honor you, our veterans, by offering special incentives to open a Best in Class Franchise.

Best is Class is offering a “3-3-3 Veteran Incentive”. We will take $3,000 off the franchise fee for the first three centers you open. In addition, we will waive the royalty for the first three months of opening a center.


Teacher Incentive Program

Educators have the ability to change the world by helping one student at a time. At Best in Class, we know that education is crucial to setting up a student for future success.

If you have a passion for education and a real desire to invest in your future and the future of young students in your local area, opening a Best in Class Education Center is the perfect opportunity for you.

We want to make it easier for passionate educators* to join our team. We are giving $3,000 o the franchise fee for EACH of the first three centers that you open. In addition, we are waiving the royalty for the first three months of opening a center.
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*If you are one of the following, you may qualify for our Teacher Incentive Program:

  • Credentialed educator
  • State-certified teacher (active or retired)
  • Licensed childcare professional
  • College educator
  • Educator employed through an accredited K through 12 institution


“The philosophy behind Best in Class Education is as powerful as it is simple: they teach whatever the student wants to learn. That's it. No scope is too narrow, no subject is off limits. It's education the way you want it: your way.”
Aaron Dilley – Manager/Instructor

“The program at Best In Class focuses on quality instruction for all students. I have been with the company for over seven years and have thought to myself, on many occasions, If only my parents had brought me to BiC, the scope of my knowledge would have been so much broader...sooner!
BiC is hands-down in a league of its own, when it comes to education centers. When I have a family, I guarantee you I will be bringing my children to Best In Class Education Center.”

Paige Wakamatsu – Manager/Instructor

Ideal Candidate

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We are looking for motivated, qualified people to join us in our efforts to bring top-quality, results-oriented education services to students everywhere. You can make a difference in the lives of children in your community by operating an education franchise with a stellar reputation and a time-tested business model and curriculum.

If you have a passion for education and a real desire to invest in your future -- and the future of young students in your local area – a Best in Class Education Center may be the key to opening the doors to the future.

Fill out the form below and find out how you can join the Best in Class educational franchise program – and start making a positive impact on students in your community, as well as on your own future.

Best in Class Education Centers is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Wyoming, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, Vermont, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, New York, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska.

Interested parties should have at least $30,000 in liquid capital to invest.

Q&A with Sharon Peterson of Best in Class Education

How was Best in Class Education originally conceived/started?

Best in Class Education first opened in Washington in 1995 and has since grown into a national franchise.

Hao Lam, our Chief Executive Officer at Best in Class, was originally a licensee for the company. He opened the first U.S. location in Washington in 1995. In 2010, Hao Lam purchased the company and began franchising the concept. Because of Hao’s seasoned business experience and his success operating his ten corporate Best in Class Education Centers, Hao understands the tools and resources that are required to run a successful center.  

What was your original vision for your company? How has that changed over time?  

We have always focused on providing the best supplemental education possible for children. Our mission is to build better teachers and successful students. Over time, we have evolved our business model to include a variety of affordable programs for families to choose from and incorporated technology to reduce overhead costs.  

Many education centers have to designate an area or an entire room for the printed educational materials; today, our software helps eliminate that overhead and helps our franchisees operate more efficient centers.

With our proprietary software and tools, franchisees are able schedule current students and engage potential, current, and previous students.  Our franchisees are able to automatically send invoices, updates, and emails to the parents.  

What do you believe is the single most important factor when choosing a franchise?  

All of us at Best in Class are passionate about education and helping our students thrive. Potential franchisees should choose a meaningful business they are passionate about.  If they are looking for an opportunity where they can make a difference in children’s lives and make a lasting impact in their community this could be the perfect opportunity for them.  

Why should someone choose Best in Class over other similar franchises?  

Many of our competitors only offer one service or cater to one subject; Best in Class allows franchisees to engage with students of all ages and by offering our diverse programs they are able to benefit from several revenue streams.  

What makes children’s supplementary education industry attractive?  

It is an extremely rapidly growing industry. Class sizes are growing, school budgets are shrinking, and curricula are not able to be tailored to suit each student’s needs.  Many students today need supplementary education just to progress, while others seek to achieve advanced personal goals.  Best in Class offers a way to address these students’ needs.

What types of qualities do you look for in potential franchisees?  

We look for entrepreneurs who have a passion for the education industry. We search for franchisees who are positive, energetic, passionate, adaptable, efficient, and collaborative. We are searching for franchisees who have had previous business, management, or franchise experience.  We do not require that our franchisees have teaching experience; however, for those that do we offer incentive programs.  

We want to work with individuals who want to make a lasting impact on the community and operate a rewarding business.  

What do your franchise fees and royalties cover?  

By joining the Best in Class family, we will work with you throughout the process in market analysis, site-selection, training, and provide ongoing support.  We want to ensure that you and your team are comfortable with the operations of your Best in Class center.  

Prior to opening the Best in Class center, our franchisees attend the Best in Class training program at our corporate office.  

The BC Training Program covers an overview of our proprietary curriculum, observations of several corporate Best in Class centers, BC software & Portal, and meetings with our marketing team to discuss grand opening and ongoing marketing campaigns.  They will also meet with our Director of Human Resources who will share where we find our teachers, who we look for, and provide applications and guidelines so that they may hire the best teachers possible!  Lastly, the Best in Class team will review the business & operations aspects of Best in Class.  Our CEO wants to make sure that every franchisee is comfortable and understands what is required to succeed.  

How do territories work for your franchisees?  

The territories are based on population density as well as a physical area territory.  We want to make sure each center has both a sufficient student population and a protected territory that they are able to engage.  

Why has your franchise model been successful?  

Hao Lam, CEO of Best in Class, is our largest franchisee.  With ten corporate Best in Class centers, Hao understands the ideal market, the ideal location, and how to operate a lucrative education center.  

Hao works very closely with our franchisees throughout the process as well as provides additional support once they have opened their Best in Class Centers.

Where do you see your franchise in 5 years and 10 years?

We are going to have at least 100 centers in the US alone by the end of 2018. In 10 years, we will be one of the top 5 tutoring companies globally. 

What is your favorite advice for new franchisees to help them succeed?

First of all, having a passion in the field that you are in. This makes a great difference in the daily operation of your business. You must love what you do in order to be successful. Secondly, know your competitors - everything about them including their strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, you must be willing to adapt and make changes if the market you are in shifts dramatically. 

What would you tell potential franchisees that may be nervous about the financial burdens of starting a franchise?  

We do everything possible that we can to help our franchisees succeed.  We understand that we must provide you with the appropriate tools and resources so that your center can provide the results that you are looking for.  We provide training and guidance every step of the way.

Can you explain your financial assistance?

We have monthly conference calls with franchisees. During our calls, we are happy to help review our franchisees’ profit and loss statements. We help them able to analyze their figures and give advice on how to make their centers more profitable. We are also SBA approved if franchisees would like to seek a loan for their business.

On average, how long does it take to start a new franchise from the franchisees point of view? 

It varies with every individual.  It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.  Typically, the site selection, lease negotiation, and construction of the center are the lengthiest parts of the process. 

What was your background and experience before founding this franchise?

Hao Lam, our CEO, taught at a local college for nearly 5 years. He was also in the education field for over 15 years before he started this franchise. In addition, he was involved in real estate, mortgage, restaurants, and other business ventures prior to forming the Best in Class franchise. He has 20 plus years of experience in running successful businesses.

Do you have any franchisee testimonials or success stories that you would like to share? 

Yes, we have many testimonials and success stories. One our favorites success stories if our franchise Kevin Lee. He began as a tutor with us and has since opened two franchise locations: one in San Francisco Chinatown and one in Oakland. He has made the journey from math tutor to entrepreneur and we are so happy to have him on our team. 

Franchise Gator Learns More About the Children's Supplementary Education Industry

We recently sat down with Sharon Peterson, Franchise Sales Director for Best in Class, to talk about the Best in Class business model and the industry their involved in. 

Best in Class is a highly sought after education franchise, specific to children’s supplementary education. In the Q&A below, we ask Peterson more about the industry and why NOW is the perfect time to join the Best in Class franchise team.

Give us an overview of your industry (and why it’s such a great industry to start a business in)

Because of rapidly growing class sizes, limited number of teachers, and restricted flexibility to tailor the curricula to each student, many students are relying on supplementary educational programs to continue to progress or achieve their personal goals.

“The U.S. has a total of 55.9 million students in public and private elementary and secondary schools as of 2010, and the total number of students is projected to set records every year until 2018.” - U.S. Department of Education, Digest of Education Statistics 2010

How has the education industry changed in the last 10-20 years?

The education industry has changed mostly because of the demand for tutoring services. We have seen it grow in demand and scope. Tutoring is no longer for a handful of students shoe are behind in school. 

For many families, it is a necessity to help their children stay ahead and stay competitive in school. We have students who are grade levels ahead in school and still come to us for a challenge, and we have others whole attend class because it keeps them sharp in school. It is becoming a lifestyle for many families because schools are no longer enough to fill their needs.

What trends do you see in your industry over the next 5-10 years?

There will continue to be an even stronger demand for supplementary education programs for students over the next 5-10 years.

What is the biggest concern about the education industry that a franchisee should be aware of and investigate?

It is important to stay aware of trends in education, including the movement toward Common Core education standards, more emphasis on critical thinking and analysis, etc. It is also important to stay up-to-date on the changes happening to standardized tests. Our franchisee candidates need to be passionate about helping students succeed and need to be adaptable to suit students needs.

Why do you think Best in Class stands out in the education industry?

Our diverse programs allow our franchisees to target a broader market. Best in Class caters to students from age 3-18, and our diverse programs include: math and English enrichment programs, private tutoring, ACT, SAT, college preparation courses and gifted test preparation courses. By offering numerous programs, our franchisees benefit from several revenue streams.

What makes your business more attractive than others?

Best in Class offers diverse programs, while many of our competitors solely focus on one subject or offer one service, Best in Class Education provides the best of both worlds. As a company, we are passionate, energetic, positive, efficient, collaborative, and adaptable. These traits help keep us competitive and allow us to constantly update our material to provide the highest quality tutoring services. 

Our teachers work closely with our students reviewing their work and answering their questions.  Our proprietary curriculum not only promotes retention it also promotes creative thinking. With the national movement toward Common Core standards, it is more important than ever to focus on critical thinking and analysis skills. We have also developed proprietary software that helps reduce overhead, minimize cost, maintains student retention, and allows our franchisees to operate a seamless education center. As a franchisor, we are there for our franchisees every step of the way.

Describe the ideal candidate.  Do you think your requirements are any different than your competitor/s? 

We are looking for candidates who are positive, energetic, adaptable, collaborative, and efficient. Our ideal candidate has a passion for education. They truly want to make a difference in the lives of children and create a lasting impact in their community.  When we are working with our potential franchisees, we get to know who they are and work together so we can help them achieve their personal goals.  

Describe the working environment of your franchisees (indoors, home office, mobile, etc…).  Is your environment typical of other companies in your industry? 

The typical Best in Class center is a fun, rewarding, and warm environment.  Our centers are typically located in retail shopping areas that are convenient for families.  Our flexible business model allows our franchisees to work part-time hours for a full-time income.    

Why has Best in Class been successful?  

Our management and instructional teams are comprised of energetic, passionate, and dedicated individuals who share our same mission.  

Because of our seasoned experience in the education industry, we know what tools and resources we need to provide to our students and our franchisees so that they may both succeed.  

What advice would you give someone interested in buying a franchise in your industry?  

Do your homework.  Truly get to know the team that you will be working with.  This is a partnership and an investment.  Make sure that the company you are working with will support you throughout the process and provide ongoing support.   

How much experience in this industry should a franchisee candidate have should they consider buying a franchise in your industry?  

Our franchisees are not required to be certified teachers, however we prefer candidates who have experience in the education or childcare industries.  We search for entrepreneurs who have a passion for education, a Bachelor’s degree, and seasoned business experience. 

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