Switzer students range from fourth graders to young adults up to 22 years of age and come from over a dozen different school districts in the Los Angeles South Bay area. After they have struggled educationally, emotionally, and behaviorally in more traditional school settings, special education students are referred to Switzer Learning Center to obtain the special attention they needed to succeed against seemingly overwhelming obstacles.
Our students represent many different ethnic, racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, medical condition, and disability groups, We value cultural, individual, and role differences, and respect each student’s learning style, abilities, unique needs, and life experiences. Although all of our students have a specific and severe learning or emotional disorder, some are challenged by many additional crises in their young lives. Approximately 60% of our students live in poverty level households, and about 30% reside in group or foster homes or in kinship care. Some have experienced physical or emotional abuse or neglect; while gangs, substance abuse, and the juvenile justice system have confronted others. In spite of these additional challenges, each student has the opportunity to start fresh at Switzer Learning Center and to turn their barriers into stepping-stones to success.
We are proud of our students and dedicate a portion of this website to their accomplishments. Please see our Star Students or Students’ Stories to learn more about our amazing students.