The Learning Support
Department assists students in meeting the demands of Burke's challenging academic program
. We have two full-time learning specialists
(one for middle school and one for high school) who can provide support with:
- organization and note-taking
- memory and test-taking strategies
- self-advocacy skills
Our learning specialists also review all neuropsychological testing reports and monitor the use and implementation of accommodations at Burke (such as extended time or designated seating). The high school specialist applies for College Board and ACT accommodations based on recommendations from the neuropsychological report.
Our middle school specialist may have recurring meetings with students during lunch or after-school, while our high school specialist more often works with students on an as-needed basis – encouraging them to seek out support as necessary and to build self-advocacy. Ultimately, our goal is to provide students with the tools and resources to become independent, confident learners
The Learning Support department also advises faculty on best practices for teaching students with learning differences, provides outside referrals for tutoring and psychoeducational testing, and consults with any family who may have academic concerns.*For families who request Burke accommodations, we prefer to review neuropsychological testing conducted at least three years prior to admission. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.