Federal and state law mandates that a free and appropriate public education be available to all eligible children at no cost to parents.  Special education eligibility and nonpublic school placement are determined by each child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).  Special education students are usually referred to Switzer Learning Center from their home school district after their IEP team has determined that the public school no longer can meet the student’s needs and that the student would benefit from a referral to a nonpublic school.

In some instances, parents elect to send their child to Switzer Learning Center as a private pay student.  In these instances, an evaluation and determination of need for services is conducted at Switzer Learning Center and a private fee agreement is made.

Students attending Switzer Learning Center come from about a dozen school districts in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.

Switzer Learning Center is certified by the California Department of Education to provide special education and related services for students with the following IEP eligibility:  Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Emotional Disturbance (ED), Other Health Impairment (OHI) such as ADD/ADHD, asthma, or other health issues, Speech and Language Impairment (SLI) and Autism (AUT) or Asperger’s Disorder.