Cardinal Support Services

John Paul II High School is committed to supporting students with a diverse set of academic needs in an environment where all can flourish spiritually, socially, and academically. We do not provide Special Education services but attempt to accommodate each student’s academic needs.
We employ Learning Specialists who provide academic interventions, instructional support opportunities, teacher consultations, and communicate with families to help students meet our college preparatory standards.

We offer the following accommodations:
  • Extended time on tests
  • Preferential seating
  • Access to a copy of notes with a good faith effort
  • Scantron exemption/hard copy of tests
  • Use of laptop for writing assignments
  • Testing in a separate location (when available)
*NOTE: We cannot provide a reader for tests.

We assist your child with requesting accommodations for the ACT and College Board exams.

We also offer an Instructional Support class for students who require time with a Learning Specialist to plan, organize, and review content. Students who meet certain criteria may enroll in our Independent Study in English which is taught by a Dyslexia Practitioner.  This one-semester course provides multisensory language instruction to improve reading, writing, and spelling weaknesses allowing each student to thrive in our college-preparatory environment. Students may also schedule appointments with a Learning Specialist in our Cardinal Center before/after school or during Cardinal Break.

Our Learning Specialists
Mike Rock is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner who has over 20 years of experience working with students with learning differences.  Dr. Laura McCorkle holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator.

Required Documentation
Please share your child’s current psychoeducational diagnostic testing and accommodation plan from his/her current school with us. We will develop a Student Support Plan (SSP) that best meets the needs of your future Cardinal. Diagnostic testing must contain both cognitive and achievement tests and is recommended to have been administered within the last three years. Documentation solely from a medical doctor that does not demonstrate a functional limitation to learning may not be sufficient to request a SSP.

Please contact Mike Rock or Dr. McCorkle with any questions at
Mike Rock (469) 229-5135
Dr. McCorkle (469) 229-5226

Learning Specialists

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  • Mr. Michael Rock, M.Ed.

  • Dr. Laura McCorkle, Ph.D.


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