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What is Zaniac?

Zaniac is an active inspiring place filled with friends and friends to be, where real math and technology learning is fun. Zaniac engages K-8 students in supplemental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education—giving them real academic advantage at their regular school plus the skills and motivation they need to succeed in life.

Although Zaniac is known for its flagship Zane Math K-8 tutoring and enrichment curriculum, Zane Math K-8 accounts for only 22% of sales. 78% of sales are for enrichment courses and programs like Computer Programming, Zaniac Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, Game Modding, Tinkering, 3D Printing, Chess, Touch Typing, and Edison Club — programs designed to motivate students to want to learn more math.

Each Zaniac campus also offers uniquely compelling features for franchise owners, including:
  • A state-of-the-art STEM Curriculum, presented to students through a customized pedagogy that combines fun, peer-based learning and hands-on engagement with the latest technology.
  • A proprietary online assessment-based approach that demonstrates what a student already knew and has learned after every class through Milestones and Achievements. Watch the Zane Math video.
  • The Zaniac Campus Operating System (COS), our turnkey, cloud-based solution that allows Zaniac owners and campus managers to concentrate on sales and improving their customer's experience rather than operational friction points such as scheduling and accounting.

Zaniac instructors work to become experts in their curriculum specialties.
Above: Zaniac instructors work to become experts in their curriculum specialties.

A New Kind of Franchise

Community Improvement

The Zaniac team is passionate about improving the lives of students and parents in communities across the country. As a campus owner you will make a significant, positive impact on the families and schools in your community — both on the lives of the students you serve and the entire community by raising the bar on STEM education. Bringing Zaniac to your community creates real, long-lasting improvements in the outlook, confidence, and academic success of students — both K-8 students as customers and the local high school and college students who serve as instructors. Many Zaniac instructors, some of whom are now attending Ivy League colleges, report that teaching at Zaniac was the most important vocational and academic activity of their high school experience.

Unique Approach

Zaniac features an environment and pedagogy unlike any other educational business or school. Parents love it because Zaniac provides real academic advantage to their children. Kids love it because Zaniac lets them interact with technology and math in a hands-on environment that feels just like playing with friends. Learning has never been this fun.

LEGO Robotics systems enable hands-on learning experiences
Zaniac’s K-8 programs and camps motivate students to want to learn more math and science.
Zaniac courses encourage teamwork
Zaniac students often attend courses with their friends, and make new friends along the way.

Growth Potential

Zaniac is leveraging the strong growth potential of the educational enrichment market, especially in STEM fields such as math and computer science. The founder of Zaniac, Professor Paul Zane Pilzer, predicts that the global educational enrichment (“getting ahead”) industry will soon exceed the $100 billion tutoring (“catching up”) industry. Every community needs Zaniac,and you can be the first to bring Zaniac to yours.

Future-Focused

STEM education is critical to the future success and prosperity of every child and our nation. Zaniac always stays ahead of the technological curve, constantly updating and adding curricula such as computer programming, robotics, and 3D printing.

Cutting-Edge Business Model

Zaniac employs a business model that leverages state-of-the-art technology to maximize the efficiency of management, communication, and operations. As an owner, you will receive unprecedented access to the Zaniac corporate management team for support.

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Campus Structure

A full-size Zaniac Campus is a 2,500 to 3,000 square foot colorful retail space, often located near schools in a place parents want to go while their children enjoy Zaniac, such as next to Whole Foods or Starbucks. Full-size Zaniac campuses have been built in new office-retail complexes (Greenwich, CT), older restaurant buildings (Sugar House, UT and Miami, FL), retail shopping centers (Park City, UT), and old banks (Winchester, MA). Zaniac is continuously adding locations nationwide to serve as many K-8 students as possible.

Chess and LEGO Robotics for K-8 students
Zaniac Sugar House, in Salt Lake City, is located in a 2,700 sq. ft. retail space
Zaniac Sugar House Exterior

Exterior of Zaniac Sugar House

Zaniac full-size campuses handle 50-96 students simultaneously for 90-180 minute sessions and feature glass-wall classrooms with white boards and large multimedia screens, plus common areas with Apple iMacs, robotics tables, manipulatives, and other tools where students apply what they learn in the classrooms. Click here to take a virtual tour of a campus.

A Zaniac Satellite is a smaller 500-1,000 square foot permanent or temporary pop-up location located inside an established educational facility or third-party retail store, primarily serving existing K-8 students who don't have convenient transportation to the main Zaniac Campus nearby. Zaniac satellites handle 10-20 students simultaneously for 90-180 minutes sessions. Zaniac Satellites have been opened inside public elementary schools to serve the growing demand for enriching, extended-day programming and supplemental math and science education. Similar Zaniac satellites, owned and managed by nearby Zaniac franchisees, have been integrated into Private and Charter Schools.

Zaniac K-8 After-School Programs typically meet once a week for 90 minutes for six weeks. Zaniac K-8 Camps meet once a day for 180 minutes for five days (M-F). Programs and Camps cost $149-$499 per student depending on subject matter and campus location.

Products

Zaniac K-8 After-School Programs typically meet once a week for 90 minutes after school for six weeks. Zaniac K-8 Camps meet in the summer once a day for 3 hours for five days (M-F). Zaniac K-8 Programs and Camps cost $149-$499 per student depending on subject matter and campus location.

The same curriculum is covered whether presented in a 5-day Zaniac Camp or a 6-week Zaniac After-School Program.

During the school year, Zaniac After-School Programs meet for 90 minutes, once a week for six weeks.

During summer and vacation breaks, Zaniac Camps meet for 3 hours minutes, every day for five days (M-F).

Zaniac's K-8 After-School Programs and Camps are designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, active engagement, and an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems. Our most popular math and technology programs include:

Structure

Zaniac K-8 After-School Programs typically meet once a week for 90 minutes for six weeks. Zaniac K-8 Camps meet once a day for 3 hours for five days (M-F). Zaniac K-8 Programs and Camps cost $149-$499 per student depending on subject matter and campus location. The same curriculum is covered whether presented in a 5-day Zaniac Camp or a 6-week Zaniac After-School Program. During the school year, Zaniac After-School Programs meet for 90 minutes, once a week for six weeks. During summer and vacation breaks, Zaniac Camps meet for 3 hours, every day for five days (M-F). Zaniac's K-8 After-School Programs and Camps are designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, active engagement, and an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems. Our most popular math and technology programs include:

Zane Math

Our flagship program, Zane Math, provides fun, exciting, supplemental math education for all types of students who want to get ahead or catch up—from 2nd graders doing 4th grade math to 4th graders doing 2nd grade math. Click here for more on Zane Math. Parents often sign up simultaneously for the Zane Math course and a Zaniac tech program such as Computer Programming or Minecraft Exploration.

Edison Club

Zaniac Edison Club is an extended-day 3:30pm-6:30pm membership program that combines a weekly technology learning activity and the ability to drop-in anytime M-F for homework help or STEM enrichment — all for one fixed monthly price. It is the perfect solution for busy parents wanting to give their children a real academic advantage. Edison Club members receive priority registration plus substantial discounts on Zaniac K-8 After-School Programs and Camps. Zaniac Edison Club is only offered at select campuses to a limited number of members. Click here for more info.

Other programs include Chess (Beginner and Intermediate courses) and Touch Typing. Click www.ZaniacLearning.com to learn more about Zaniac's engaging programs.

Origin Story

Although the first Zaniac campus opened in 2011, Zaniac’s story began in 1975 at the University of Pennsylvania when 20-year-old graduate student Paul Zane Pilzer built an interactive “teaching machine" on a mainframe computer. Pilzer realized back then that technology could one day make great education affordable for everyone, the same way that phonographs and movie projectors had made great entertainment affordable for everyone.

University of Pennsylvania
New York University

Pilzer went on to become a world-famous economist, NYU college professor, New York Times bestselling author, White House official, and social entrepreneur. In addition to founding several companies with a market capitalization exceeding $1 billion, Pilzer founded one of the nation's leading educational CD-ROM publishers in the 1990s (NASD:ZANE), and an online high school in the 2000s (The American Academy). But it was only when he and his wife Lisa had their own four elementary school children that they realized the need for Zaniac K-8 After-School Programs & Camps — a place K-8 students would want to go to learn more math and science, a place where students would want to go to learn how to design video games versus just play video games.

In 2008, Lisa Pilzer became a franchisee with Planet Fitness. The Pilzer's have helped the chain grow through franchising from 200 stores to more than 1,000 U.S. locations with 7 million members.

Campus Operating System

Zaniac's state of-the-art cloud-based Campus Operating System (COS) allows franchise owners and campus managers to concentrate on teaching and marketing versus sales, finance and operations.

Some of the functions provided to each owner and/or campus manager by the Zaniac online COS Platform include:

  1. Online Registrar and Cashier:

    Parents can choose courses, register students, and pay online with any major credit card, either at home late at night or inside a Campus without supervision.
  2. Financial Dashboard:

    All invoices, receipts, product breakdowns, etc. are readily accessible 24/7.
  3. Activity Stream:

    Users can monitor in real time all events that occur among parents, instructors, and students on their Campus dashboard.
  4. Campus Website Management:

    Each campus manager or owner can determine which Programs and Camp they choose to offer on the website. Each Zaniac Campus has its own website where parents can learn about Programs and Campus, enroll students, and pay tuition.
  5. Course Creation:

    Managers and owners in real time can create their own course schedules based on Instructor availability or parent demand.
  6. Bulletin Board:

    Franchisee can inform customers of new programs happening, closures for snow days, etc.
  7. Measuring Results:

    Campus Administrators, Instructors, and Parents all have the ability to grade student Assessments, Milestones, and Achievements online from anywhere they are located, 24 hours a day.
  8. Curriculum Hosting:

    All Curriculum is hosted on the platform and is accessible 24/7 by Franchisees, Parents, and family members and teachers designated by Parents.
  9. Additional Resources for Students and Parents:

    Students and Parents have access to additional resources and supplemental curriculum on the platform to support their learning at Zaniac.
  10. Student Records Hosting:

    All information for students is hosted on their Transcript Page to monitor their progression at Zaniac or research a specific concept they may have missed.
  11. Blog Management:

    Franchisees can post articles and blogs about their Campus and Zaniac to all customers.
  12. Email Communication with Parents:

    Each Campus has the ability to send out mass or class-specific emails and communicate with parents directly through the platform.
  13. Scan and Store all Paper Results:

    Paper results are scanned and uploaded to the student’s Transcript Page so no information is lost and Parents and Instructors are able to analyze the progress of each student.
  14. Customized Curriculum and Learning Management System (LMS):

    Zaniac's COS produces for each student a Customized Curriculum and LMS for a 5% Curriculum Development Fee (CDF) per course or camp sold. This is a small fraction of what it could cost a professional educator to produce a similar 5-day or six-week curriculum on a STEM subject, let alone the cost of managing its delivery via the LMS.
  15. Cash Flow Management:

    Zaniac's COS electronically invoices franchisees for Customized Curriculum and LMS (5% CDF plus 5% Royalty) at the beginning of the next month following when the franchisee has fully collected $299-$499 per Zaniac K-8 Program or Camp from their customer.

Economics

A build-out of a full size, 3,500-3,000 square foot location is roughly $175,000-$325,000, including the $50,000 Franchise Fee. We suggest retail space with great visibility and an appealing set of co-tenants. A typical campus requires about $40,000 in custom (Franchisor-required vendor) FFE, $40,000 for electronics (TVs and computers), and tenant construction build-out of $30,000-$100,000. This range varies based on existing space conditions and landlord contribution to the improvement.