Cardinal Support Services

Learning Specialist

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  • Mr. Michael Rock, M.Ed.

  • Dr. Laura McCorkle

John Paul II High School is committed to supporting students with a diverse set of academic needs in an environment where all students can flourish spiritually, socially, and academically.

We employ Learning Specialists who provide students with instructional intervention and consult with teachers 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
  • Access to laptop for writing assignments
  • Testing in a separate location (when available)

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 Learning Specialist. This one-semester course provides multisensory language instruction to improve reading, writing, and spelling weaknesses so that each student may achieve in our college-preparatory curriculum. 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 so that we can 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 is not sufficient to request a SSP.

We look forward to the prospect of welcoming you to our Cardinal Family and feel free to contact us with any questions!

Mike Rock: Email or (469) 229-5135 

Dr. McCorkle: Email 

John Paul II High School