Durham Academy is committed to supporting students with learning differences. With two learning specialists on our faculty, we are able to guide these students toward confidence and self-advocacy while helping them gain a better understanding of their learning strengths and weaknesses.
Our learning specialists, Cindy Moore and Jen Rogers, work with students, parents and faculty to ensure a clear understanding of a student’s psychoeducational testing and to navigate the process for securing related accommodations. Durham Academy provides reasonable accommodations to facilitate a student’s academic success.
As noted in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School handbooks, in order for students to be eligible to receive academic accommodations, parents must provide a current psycho-educational assessment. The evaluation must be administered within four years by a licensed psychologist, include a diagnosed learning difference and clearly indicate a need for academic modifications and accommodations.
The general responsibility for helping teachers implement the accommodations resides with the learning specialist. Students interested in receiving accommodations on standardized testing such as the SAT, AP exams, and ACT, should contact the College Counseling office for more information.
Learning specialists work closely with classroom teachers to serve in the best interest of all Durham Academy students. They conduct classroom observations, share instructional strategies, and suggest appropriate next steps in the quest for student success.
Cindy and Jen also meet with students to help them with organizational strategies, time management and study skills. In the spirit of all Durham Academy students leading happy, moral, and productive lives, it is most important that all students feel empowered and knowledgeable about who they are as learners.
Cindy White Moore, Ph.D.
Cindy has a background in school psychology with an emphasis in learning differences and ADHD. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at North Carolina Central University, a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology at North Carolina Central University, and a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves working with children and helping them unlock and identify their learning strengths. Cindy lives in Durham and is the mother of two girls, both of whom attend Durham Academy.
Jennifer G. Rogers, M.Ed.
Jen has a background in child development and K-12 learning differences. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Special Education from James Madison University and Master of Education degree in Early Intervention and Family Support from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jen believes every child possesses genius. It is up to the adults around them to help them identify, appreciate, and nurture their gifts. Jen lives in Durham with her husband and son, a proud Durham Academy student.