Specialized Programs with a Singular Focus
Switzer Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that operates a nonpublic school licensed by the California Department of Education and provides clinical support services. Founded in 1966, Switzer Learning Center provides highly individualized and responsive educational programs for neurodivergent students. We serve youth, teens, and young adults in grades 5-12 (ages 10-22) with learning impairments including: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties (ADHD), and nonverbal learning disorders (NVLD).
We offer specialized programs in these core areas:
Individualized Learning Programs - The Switzer School
Students engage in our programs using individualized, evidence and research-based curriculum (modeled after Torrance Unified School District), along with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programming in an interactive “Design Thinking” environment to encourage real-world learning in grades 5-12. We offer both traditional (diploma track) and non-traditional (certificate track) educational programs.
Integrated Clinical Services
Speech and language therapy, ABA-based intervention therapy, behavioral health counseling (individual and group), and therapeutic art programs are utilized in coordination with each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Through collaborative partnerships, we provide additional assistance via reading specialists, psychological assessments, career planning services, and transition services for post-graduation young adults (ages 18-22).
Enrichment activities will soon be offered year-round in areas such as fine art, music, and drama. Social and life skills programming will be conducted after-school and during school break periods (pending secured funding) including: hands-on STEAM programming, educational field trips, and outcomes-based educational enhancement programming.
PEERS® Social Skills Programming
The Switzer Learning Center’s PEERS® Certified Providers teach teens and young adults to develop age-appropriate social skills. Through evidence-based interventions developed at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson to support persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other social disorders who have difficulty with peer interactions and relationships. Our providers and teen or young adult cohorts engage in opportunities to practice these skills during socialization activities. With the support of their parents or caregivers, teens and young adults participating in the PEERS Social Skills Programs gain valuable skills to help build and maintain relationships.
Self-Advocacy and Independent Living SAIL Transition Program
The SAIL Transition Program provides education and builds confidence in areas of life and work skills, communications and relationship building for transitioning adults from 18 to 22 years-old with moderate to severe autism and other conditions.
The Switzer School
- Traditional Core Curriculum (Diploma Track)
- Non-traditional, alternative Curriculum (Certificate)
Integrated Clinical Services
- Speech Therapy
- Art Therapy
- ABA-based Interventions
- Behavioral Counseling
- Adult Transition Support
- Social Skills