Switzer Learning Center

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Switzer Learning Center Photo #1 - 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.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Council for Exceptional Children
California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 4-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Severe levels of learning, social, emotional, & behavioral challenges, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.
Year Founded1966
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students90 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
73%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeSwitzer Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesMost students funded by Individual Education Plans. Private pay options available.
Admissions DirectorWendy White
Admissions AssociateLen Hernandez

Sports

Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsBasketballBasketball

Extracurriculars

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

School Notes

  • Switzer Learning Center's nonpublic school serves children and families with mild to severe learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges.  A team of credentialed special education teachers, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, and behavior specialists are dedicated to help students achieve academic, vocational, and personal goals in a highly structured, supportive and therapeutic environment.   Engaging extracurricular activities support student learning and enrichment. The campus includes a student kitchen, computer lab, arts and crafts studio, music room, occupational therapy room, and fitness gym." Switzer Learning Center's Heritage Program students are middle and high schoolers working towards completing requirements for their high school diploma.  Switzer Learning Center's Spectrum Program is for middle and high school students with autism and related disorders, and focuses on developing independent living, social, emotional, and relationship skills using guided participation, community-based learning activities, and an alternative curriculum. Switzer Learning Center's Self-Advocacy and Independent Living (SAIL) Transition Program supports young adults, ages 18-21 with autism and similar developmental  disabilities, as they build independence, functional life, and job skills to transition to life beyond high school.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Torrance
    South Bay High School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 7-12 | 63 students
    2.4 miles
    4025 W 226th St
    Torrance, CA 90505
    (310)373-4556
    2.4 7-12
    63
  • Torrance
    Nativity School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 246 students
    0.9 miles
    2371 W Carson St
    Torrance, CA 90501
    (310)328-5387
    0.9 K-8
    246
  • Buena Park
    Rossier Park School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 7-12 | 151 students
    17.9 miles
    7100 Knott Ave
    Buena Park, CA 90620
    (714)562-0441
    17.9 7-12
    151
  • Carson
    Grades: K-12 | 88 students
    4.5 miles
    17705 Central Avenue
    Carson, CA 90746
    (310)609-2300
    4.5 K-12
    88
  • Cerritos
    Grades: PK-12 | 1316 students
    12.8 miles
    10818 Artesia Blvd
    Cerritos, CA 90703
    (562)860-0556
    12.8 PK-12
    1316

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