Switzer Learning Center

2201 Amapola Court
Torrance, CA 90501-0905
Tel: (310)328-3611
Grades: 4-12 | 90 students
Front view of Switzer Learning Center (Torrance, CA).
Front view of Switzer Learning Center (Torrance, CA).
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
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Switzer Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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


Total Sports Offered 1 sports
Sports BasketballBasketball


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

School Notes

  • Switzer Learning Center offers the following programs and services:Heritage Program:  A state certified, nonpublic, special education day school serving approximately 72 students, ages 9 to 22, who have a broad range of moderate to severe learning, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.  Heritage students participate in prevocational training and earn a high school diploma after completing the public school district`s graduation requirements. Spectrum Program:  Enrolls up to 16 middle and high school students with moderate to severe levels of autism spectrum disorders and focuses on strengthening the core deficits of autism by building self-regulation, communication, social,  and relationship development.  Students improve social skills and develop friendships while participating in a variety of enrichment and independent living activities supervised by staff trained to use research-based therapeutic interventions.  The Spectrum Program uses an alternative curriculum to teach grooming, housekeeping, cooking, money management, and other life skills needed to function independently.    Self-Advocacy & Independent Living (SAIL) Transition Program:  Provides transition services for a maximum of 16 students who are 18 to 22 years-old with moderate to severe autism.  Through field trips, on campus work experience, and shadowed job internships at local businesses, the SAIL Program supports the transition to more successful living beyond high school. Therapeutic Treatment Services such as:  Individual, group, and emergency interventions, counseling, speech and language therapy, adult assistance, behavior intervention support, transportation, tutoring, psychological and educational assessments, and other related services are provided according to each student`s Individual Educational Plan.   
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