Identification

Identification of gifted and talented students in the Cabot School District is an ongoing process extending from grades K-12, serving at least 5% of the student population. Written identification and placement procedures for the G/T program are available to all stakeholders. As pursuant with state rules and regulations, a public announcement is made notifying stakeholders of the nomination process. Nominations are accepted from stakeholders such as parents, school personnel, community members, peers, or by self-nomination. Once a student has been nominated, data is collected in a non-discriminatory manner. Placement is made by a committee consisting of, but not limited to, a G/T Specialist, a counselor, classroom teachers, and the Director of Gifted/AP Programs. Identification procedures are uniformly implemented across the district. Once a student is identified, records of placement are kept on file for five (5) years post graduation.

 The first stage of identification in the nine K-4 elementary schools and two 5-6 middle schools consists of gathering subjective and objective data. Through observations during G/T whole group enrichment (K-1), the G/T Specialist and classroom teacher discuss information to be placed on the Kingore Observation Inventory checklist. During flexible groups (K-4), information is gathered and kept in anecdotal form by the classroom teacher and G/T Specialist. Objective data, such as current standardized achievement tests, formative assessments, and norm-referenced tests are also documented.

At the conclusion of first grade, formal identification begins with a pre-referral conference in which the classroom teacher and the G/T Specialist review information gathered since kindergarten. Once student data has been reviewed, recommendations are made for additional testing and possible placement in the gifted program. At this time, stakeholders may also recommend students for testing. Parents must give written permission before G/T testing can be administered.

 Objective information collected, beginning at the end of first grade, consists of augmented state assessments, the Otis Lennon School Abilities Test, 8th Edition, and the Williams Test of Creativity, Exercise in Divergent Thinking. Additional data may also be collected from the Slosson Intelligence Test, Revised and the Kuhlmann-Anderson Tests, 8th Edition. Subjective information is gathered via the Renzulli Hartman Rating Scale, the Kingore Observation Inventory, classroom grades, and anecdotal records of the G/T specialist and classroom teachers.

 Once objective information is gathered from testing and subjective information has been quantified, placement meetings are held. The placement committee will be comprised of classroom teachers, a counselor, a G/T Specialist, and the Director of Gifted/AP Programs. Students are identified using a blind identification process. No single criterion or cut-off score is used to include or exclude a student. Parents and teachers are notified by letter of the decisions of the placement committee. Staffing forms are completed which provide justification for placement/non-placement of students in the gifted program. A parent/guardian must give written permission before a student may be placed in the gifted program. A student review is completed each year which provides documentation for continuation of gifted services.

Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746