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Learning Support Department assists students in meeting the demands of Burke's challenging academic program. Our full-time learning specialists provide support with:

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  • Organization and Note-Taking

  • Memory and Test-Taking Strategies

  • Self-Advocacy Skills

Our learning specialists review all neuropsychological testing reports and monitor the use and implementation of accommodations at Burke (e.g.: extended time or designated seating). The high school specialist also 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 advises our 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.

2019-20 Learning Specialists

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  • Photo of Melissa Shaw

    Melissa Shaw 

  • Photo of Chalis Waizenegger

    Chalis Waizenegger 

    HS Learning Specialist
    202-362-8882 x608
  • Photo of Viktoria Schofield

    Viktoria Schofield 

    MS Learning Specialist / MS and HS Softball Coach
    202-362-8882, ext. 609
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.