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 or IEPs but diligently work 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
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
*NOTE: We cannot provide a reader for tests.
We offer an Academic Coaching class for students who require time with a Learning Specialist to plan, organize, and review content. Students may also schedule regular and as-needed check-ins appointments with a Learning Specialist in our Cardinal Center before/after school or during Cardinal Break.
We assist your child with requesting accommodations for the ACT and College Board exams but have limited ability to administer school-based SAT/ACT tests.
Please share your child’s current 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 or obtain accommodations from College Board and ACT.
Diagnoses written on prescription paper are not sufficient.
Our Academic Coaching class is offered to assist students who require support managing their academic life at JPII. Although it is commonly used by students with diagnosed learning needs, it is available to any student who might benefit with a recommendation by a member of the JPII administrative and/or counseling team.
It is supervised by a JPII Learning Specialist who will review the student’s academic history, and diagnostic information and also discuss the student’s academic history and current level of academic functioning with the student, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. The class has no grades and students will not receive a credit, yet it does function as a class in their schedule.
With a background in dyslexia and over 20 years of experience working with students with learning differences, Mike is an expert and extra support to our staff. He is also pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Laura McCorkle, PhD
With a PhD in Educational Psychology and over 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, Dr. McCorkle provides top notch service to our Cardinal Family.
This must be conducted in person at JPIIHS after above steps have been completed. An appointment can be scheduled by contacting Bill Symon. The following are the policies for which acknowledgement is required: