The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Brandishing more than 20,000 square feet of space, Stratford Bar & Grill offers patrons an expansive selection of entertainment options alongside a menu stocked with burgers, deli sandwiches, and St. Louis–style thin-crust pizzas. Treat mouth pearls to a meaty classic by ordering a philly steak sandwich ($6), or anoint savory steak burgers ($5) with free extras including steak sauce, teriyaki, and prefeast genuflection. Crunchy pizzas deliver palatable packages of ham and pineapple atop the hawaiian pie ($10–$16), and jumbo chicken wings ($10 for eight) draped in hot sauce ignite the tongue and soothe stresses stemming from a temperature-neutral workweek. Sunday through Friday buckets of Bud Light (six bottles) can be enjoyed for $10.
At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Open Water Diver classes learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.