Switzer Learning Center

2201 Amapola Court
Torrance, CA 90501-0905
Tel: (310)328-3611
Grades: 4-12 | 90 students
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Switzer Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 with a mission of "Nurturing challenged kids to believe, achieve, and thrive!" Switzer Learning Center`s 4th-12th grade, coeducational, nonpublic, special education school, and its Family Services Clinic on a beautiful campus serves children and families with mild to severe learning, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Each student works with a highly trained team of credentialed special education teachers, licensed psychologists, licensed speech and language pathologists, certified Crisis Prevention Intervention behavior specialists, and other related service providers who are dedicated to help students achieve academic, vocational and personal goals unattainable in conventional educational settings.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Council for Exceptional Children
California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Grades Offered Grades 4-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to Severe levels of learning, social, emotional, & behavioral challenges, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.
Year Founded 1966

Student Body

Total Students 90 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
68%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size 12 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Most students funded by Individual Education Plans. Private pay options available.
Admissions Director Wendy White
Admissions Associate Len Hernandez

Sports

Total Sports Offered 1 sports
Sports BasketballBasketball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Billiards, Chess, Cooking, Music Art, Billiards, Chess, Cooking, Music,

School Notes

  • In a supportive and therapeutic environment, special education students with an Individual Education Plan eligibility of emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech and language impairment, autism, and other health impairments receive special education instruction, counseling, language & speech, structured reading and math intervention classes, behavioral analysis/interventions, and psychological /educational assessments. The custom built campus includes advanced technology, home/science and student kitchens, computer lab, arts and crafts studio, music room, occupational therapy room, fitness gym, and welding and mechanics shop. Engaging extracurricular and enrichment activities support student learning and development. Our Heritage Program students with learning, social and emotional disabilities are on an academic track to earn their high school diploma.  Many of them  dual-enroll at public schools or Southern California Regional Occupational Center; earn their high school diplomas, and then attend El Camino Community College or Los Angeles Harbor College.  The Spectrum Program for middle and high school students with moderate to severe autistic spectrum disorders uses an alternative curriculum to  teach grooming, hygiene, cleaning, cooking and other life skills needed to function independently -  while focusing on self-regulation, communication, social, emotional, and relationship development using guided participation and community-based learning activities. The Self-Advocacy and Independent Living (SAIL) Program supports young adults, ages 18-22, with moderate to severe autistic spectrum disorders as they build independence, living, and job skills to transition to life beyond high school Through community based field trips, on campus supported work experience, and shadowed job internship at local businesses our students gain valuable work skills.  The SAIL Program builds independence and supports the transition to a more fulfilling life beyond high school. 

Profile last updated: 01/11/2016

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