Switzer Learning Center

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.California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
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
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students76 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Switzer Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesMost students funded by Individual Education Plans developed by public school district. Private pay options available.
Admissions DirectorDr. Felicia Bookchin
Admissions AssociateMr. Colm Coffey


Total Sports Offered1 sport


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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