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Boosting test scores, grades and opportunities, Hao-Lam-led Best in Class is primed for explosive growth with more than 60 locations open and 20 in development

Bellevue, Wash. – Hao Lam never enjoyed school growing up. Escaping war-torn Vietnam in 1988, Lam moved to the United States by way of Canada, where he founded Best in Class Education Center. A key player in the $7 billion tutoring industry, Best in Class has since flourished, growing to over 60 locations within eight years.

“Over 55 million students attend school and almost every one of them can benefit from an after-school education center,” Lam said. “Kids desire to learn, but many are bored in school. We hope to fulfill their needs, whether they are looking for more advanced assignments or need more dedicated attention, Best in Class is designed to help every student reach their potential.”

Best in Class started small. To trace it all the way to the very beginning, before the first center even opened, Best in Class started as a value held dear to founders Hao and Lisa Lam. Above all else, the Lams believe that education is the gift of a lifetime.

The value of education is personal for Hao. After he and Lisa fled Vietnam’s communist government in the late 1980s, he worked tirelessly to put himself through school at the University of British Columbia, where he graduated at the top of his class with a BA in Mathematics. During that time, he tutored his classmates through complex coursework and difficult exams. It was like a spark ignited—Lam knew that educating others was his ultimate passion in life.

Best in Class opened its first center in 1995 in the heart of Bellevue and began franchising in 2011. Since then, the company has grown rapidly to 61 locations across 12 states and counting. In May 2018, Lam published his memoir: “From Bad to Worse to Best in Class: A Refugee’s Success Story” which chronicled his incredible story.

“I know how life-changing education can be,” Lam added. “Earning my education was instrumental in overcoming great adversity in my life and if teaching another through their own great adversity is the only thing I accomplish, then I have accomplished the greatest task.”

Best in Class offers various courses, exam study and college course prep to help boost students’ test scores, grades and chances of higher education. Courses include mathematics, reading & writing, private tutoring, gifted test prep, SAT/ACT prep, and more.

Looking to bring the joy of education to more communities around the United States, Best in Class plans to open over 20 locations in 2019 and again in 2020, reaching over 100 units before the end of 2020. By 2021, the brand hopes to be international.

To augment its growth, Best in Class is seeking passionate and energetic franchise partners. Including a franchise fee of $35,000, the estimated total investment to open a Best in Class franchise is between $63,000 and $125,000. With multiple revenue systems available, flexible business models and unparalleled support, the Best in Class franchise opportunity is one-of-a-kind.

“Our franchise partners exemplify our core values of being positive-minded human beings; passionate about education, and energetic about running their own business,” Lam said. “Best in Class not only provides educational opportunities for students but also business opportunities for those looking to make an impact in their next career step.”

For more information on the franchise opportunity, visit

About Best in Class

Founded in 1995 and franchising since 2011, Best in Class is a premium education center providing supplemental education, and committed to building students’ foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills. Founded by Hao Lam, an escapee from war-torn Vietnam and author of “Bad to Worst to Best in Class: A Refugee’s Success Story,” Best in Class has grown to over 60 locations across 12 states, with 20 additional centers in various stages of development. For more information, visit,

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