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Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

In the Community

At Sylvan, we enjoy playing an active role in our community and want to share our educational expertise with you. Contact us today to find out how we’re working with other local businesses, community groups and schools to promote the importance of learning and education!

National School Counselor Week 2014

Sylvan always looks forward to its annual "Doughnut Drop" in honor of National School Counselor Week. This year was no exception! Thank you for all you do for our students!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014

On May 7th, our Director spent the morning passing out goodies in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you teachers far and wide for all you do for our students!

Read Across America Day 2014

We wrapped up our Read Across America Day celebrations at Riverton and East End Elementary Schools in Portland this year. A fun time was had by all!

Falmouth Community Programs - Math Camp

Sylvan is pleased to partner with Falmouth Recreation Department once again. We will be hosting an after school Fraction Action camp at Falmouth Elementary School in April. See page 16 of the Program Guide to learn more! (3.53 MB)

Lewiston Alternative Education Program

In September of 2012, Sylvan Learning Centers of Maine and Lewiston Public Schools launched the "Lewiston Alternative Education Program." This program was designed by the South Portland director, Lydia Sherrie. It was a three hour daily program designed to meet the needs of middle and high school students who had been expelled from Lewiston Public Schools.

Sylvan teachers used Sylvan’s diagnostic testing to appropriately place students and taught them using its researched-based math and reading programs in an effort to help them regain high school credit and transition back into the public school system. (306 KB)

Tree Street Youth Summer Program

Since July 2011, Tree Street Youth has operated a six-week Summer Youth Program designed to ensure that neighborhood youth have an ongoing opportunity to obtain the skills, tools, and resources required to achieve success. Each day, 1st-5th graders participate in several activities including the Ace It! Tutoring Program administered on-site by Sylvan Learning Center (Auburn), outdoor recreational activities, arts and crafts, and Hodge Podge (a variety of science, math, art, or musical activities). Sylvan has been thrilled to partner with such a dedicated and diverse group of people!

Tree Street Youth

Summer school help leads to future plans

Journal Tribune Article:

When a grant to provide summer school to elementary students in Biddeford fell through, the South Portland center of Sylvan Learning stepped forward to provide programming for a number of students, free of charge, this past summer.

In the past, about 60 students between first and fifth grade took classes for three weeks. Because of budget cuts, said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jeff Porter, the school district couldn't offer the summer school as it normally has. Funding for summer school was supposed to be paid for by a 21st Century grant, but that was rescinded by the state.

"When we learned through the media they lost their funding," said Lydia Sherrie, the director of Sylvan's South Portland center, "we wanted to offer a little something and show them what we can do for their kids."

Sylvan hopes to work more closely with the school districts, she said.

The learning center provided three weeks of reading and math assistance for 15 students between second and fifth grade over a three-week period.

There was no cost to the school district for the classes, said Porter. Sylvan offered the course free of charge, and parents provided transportation to Intermediate School in Biddeford.

"In tough economic times," said Porter, "it is heartening to know that organizations like Sylvan are ready and willing to step up to the plate to provide services for students."

The program was very successful, said Porter; about 60 percent of the students made improvements.

The school district plans on working more with Sylvan in the future, he said, and there are plans in the works to provide assistance for Biddeford High School students.

"Because Sylvan graciously stepped up to the plate when no one else would, the district has begun a relationship with this organization to provide extra programming for our students," he said.

A pilot credit recovery program in math, for about 20 students, starts this week. Credit recovery allows students to make up classes they've failed, to keep them on track for graduation, Porter said.

Also, he said, "We're hopeful we can get some summer programs."

The school district would pay for these courses, he said.

For these programs, instructors from the center would teach at the high school instead of requiring students to be transported to South Portland.

Water Bottles for Youth Soccer

Each child attending the Portland Housing Summer Soccer Program at Riverton School and Kennedy Park received a water bottle from Sylvan Learning.

Sylvan in the Community

Study Centers at Kennedy Park, Riverton Park, and Sagamore Village - Portland, ME
January 17th, 2011
*   Sylvan Learning Center of South Portland donated prizes to over 40 students who participated in this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. This writing contest required students to write about how they might overcome the barriers and struggles they face in life. Some students chose to identify positive and negative aspects of their community and ways to improve the situation. Others wrote about their goals and how to reach them. Others described how discrimination and prejudice affect their community. Sylvan employees attended the Kennedy Park Study Center’s Open House where they were able to hear the students read their essays out loud in front of peers and other community members. A great time was had by all.  
*    Sylvan has also donated an online tutoring program known as to each of the Study Centers. This online program provides tutoring in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and SAT/ACT prep. It includes short video modules that actually teach kids how to do the concepts then gives them sample tests and sample problems to make sure they understand what they have just learned. The site is also linked to the most popular math books used in today's classrooms. So, a student can search for his or her math book online, type in the page numbers they are working on, and watch instructional videos on the concepts they have for homework. It is an excellent tool for homework help.

Sylvan Out and About

Kennedy Park Study Center – Portland, ME
January, 2011
*   Sylvan Learning Center of South Portland offered free SAT prep writing courses to high school students who live in Kennedy Park and attend its Study Center.
Memorial Middle School - South Portland, ME
January, 2011
*    Sylvan has donated the online tutoring program known as to Memorial Middle School in South Portland. This program, which is very similar to is available for students to use in school from 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. It is a great resource for students and teachers alike!
Boys & Girls Club – Portland, ME
September 25th, 2010
*    Sylvan employees and other community members gathered for fun, food, and games at the Boys & Girls Club’s annual event, “A Day for Kids” at Riverton Park. Students of all ages played trivia games for prizes at the Sylvan Booth, painted their faces, explored a fire truck, played basketball, and enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch. Sylvan was proud to help bring families in the community together.