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Kaplan Inc., New York, N.Y.:
A Washington Post Co. subsidiary, it made its name in preparing students for college board exams but is branching out, like Sylvan. It now runs 200 K-10 learning centers called Score!; an Iowa college and various Internet degree programs, including the nation's only online law school.
Huntington Learning Centers Inc., Oradell, N.J.:
Privately held franchiser with 200 centers.
Kumon Educational Institutes, Osaka, Japan.:
Based on methods a Japanese math teacher devised for his young son a half-century ago, it has centers in 17 countries, including 1,300 locations in United States and Canada.
International higher education
Apollo International, Phoenix:
For-profit university with 1,200 students in the Netherlands, Brazil and, as of next month, India. But it serves working adults seeking degrees Ñ different from Sylvan's 18-24 year-old market. It also runs K-12 private schools and an institute for higher education management in Brazil. Investors include Kaplan and principals in the Apollo Group Inc., which this spring displaced WorldCom Inc. on Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Apollo Group owns the University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit college chain in the United States.
Monash University, Australia:
Aggressively pursuing global expansion, with campuses in Malaysia, South Africa, Italy and London.
Berlitz International Inc., Princeton, N.J.:
Most recognizable name in language instruction, it has 450 centers in more than 50 countries. But it tutors in many languages, different from the English-only model of Sylvan's Wall Street Institute.
Opening English School, Madrid, Spain:
Parent company, CEAC, is struggling and may be sold. Chain's buildup of 150 centers hurt Sylvan's English-tutoring business in Spain, which it is in the process of selling.
SOURCES: Individual companies, Hoover's Inc.