CPS Adopts New Phonics & Spelling Curriculum, Dyslexia Intervention Program

Posted on 05/17/2018

Cabot Public Schools is proud to announce we have adopted the Brainspring Phonics First (K-4) and Structures (5-6) as our phonics and spelling curriculum and K-6 dyslexia intervention program.  Now you may be wondering, what does this all mean?

In 2016, the Arkansas Department of Education released education rules governing how to meet the needs of children with dyslexia. Dyslexia involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. The law requires districts to screen all K-2 students and any student in 3rd grade and above if they have difficulty in certain areas.

In 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Department of Education launched the Reading Initiative for Student Excellence or R.I.S.E. The focus of this campaign is to encourage community partners, parents, and teachers to build an importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities, and to inspire students to becoming lifelong readers and learners.

The Cabot School District made it a top priority to strengthen our current reading and spelling program while making sure we were not only meeting the requirements of the dyslexia law and R.I.S.E. initiative, but also making an impact on our students. That’s where Phonics First and Structures comes in. Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing. It’s essential for helping children begin to read and spell. 


Administrators and teachers have done extensive research on this nationally accredited curriculum. From launching a pilot group at Ward Central Elementary to visiting nearby school districts using this system, the district believes Phonics First® and Structures will have a positive impact on our children. 

In January 2018, Cabot School District teachers began intensive training on the new program. The district has invested over $250,000 in the program and believes it has the strong potential to make not only an immediate, but a long-term impact on student success. All of our Pre-K-4 teachers and literacy teachers in grades 5-6 have completed the training.

Brainspring describes its program as, “Orton-Gillingham based and accredited by both the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Phonics First® and Structures meets the needs of a wide range of students, including beginning, at-risk, and struggling elementary readers and those K-12 students identified as dyslexic and/or learning disabled.”

We believe implementing this program will provide a deeper understanding of how to reach every learner. “It’s about KIDS,” and we are excited about this new adventure and pleased to implement this dynamic new curriculum at the Cabot School District.

Phonics First Training 2018

Phonics First Training 2018 Cont.

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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

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

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

Cabot Learning Academy

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

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