Even though Sylvan can seem costly in terms of cash in the end it really isn't once you see what it does for your child. And remember, how well your child does now will effect his life forever. Our son went and they worked with him and he absolutely soared. He improved so much - it was much more than we expected. We had a friend who sent her child and the same thing happened. Her child also came out of her shell as a result of the self-confidence she gained from Sylvan. Sylvan keeps the parents up to date at all times. It's a wonderful system.