Each of our small co-ed classes with a maximum of 12 students per each credentialed teacher and instructional aide team provide intensive support and specialized academic instruction.
Our middle school class is self-contained to provide a high level of consistency and individualized attention. High school students switch classrooms each period which enables them to learn to work flexibly with multiple faculty members teaching their specialty courses. Our program utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach, enabling teachers, aides, behavior interventionists, counselors and administrators to build on each other’s expertise during weekly collaboration meetings to plan how best to insure the students’ progress toward Individualized Education Plan goals and objectives for academic, behavioral, social, and emotional development.
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.
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.