Switzer Learning Center is a nonpublic school certified by the California Department of Education (CDE). Our state adopted core curriculum, technology and instructional materials can be used with accommodations and modifications to meet specific needs. Supplemental enrichment and extracurricular activities, corrective reading programs, and vocational training, help develop knowledge and positive learning attitudes and habits. Additionally, each student receives weekly computerized instruction to assist in developing technology skills integrated with class.
Each student’s program is tailored to their individual needs, taking into consideration their unique learning challenges and abilities. We emphasize building language, reading, problem solving, social skills, and appropriate behavior, as well as core academic skills.
Our elementary grades and middle school classrooms are self contained for maximum support and continuity. The high school students switch classrooms for different subjects, each period enabling them to learn to work flexibly with multiple faculty members. Our program utilizes a team approach, bringing teachers, aides, behavior interventionists, counselors and administrators together weekly to collaborate and plan how best to insure the students’ progress in academic, behavioral, social, and emotional development.
Switzer has two regular school schedules. Students in grades 3 through 8 are on Schedule A: 7:45 a.m. to 2:04 p.m. , while high school students are divided between Schedules A and Schedule B: 8:47 a.m. to 3:08 p.m.
Most special education students entering Switzer Learning Center at least two or three grade levels behind their regular education peers. Academic emphasis is placed on remediating their core educational skills, developing techniques to compensate for their learning disabilities, generating problem solving skills, and enhancing study skill development. Throughout the program, we work with the students to manage their emotional and behavioral problems, and to help them learn appropriate social and interpersonal skills so they are prepared for the future.
Heritage Transition Preparation is the prevocational and vocational training program for Switzer students. Throughout the curriculum, regardless of grade level, students are introduced to vocational skills that will benefit them after school and in the work place. Some may learn appropriate social and work place behavior, while others learn tips for timely completion of work or how to ask for assistance when confronted with a situation they find challenging. As students enter high school the vocation skill development becomes more focused as they learn how to find jobs, write resumes, and interview with prospective employers. Several vocational skills classes teach students food preparation, basic carpentry and building maintenance, welding, computer repair, retail sales, and music editing.