May 26, 2015
This school district has a facade as though it is a stellar school, and compared to the other schools in the area - this is slightly true, but entirely subjective. Now, you compare this district to schools in other states, and the difference is laughable; Cabot schools are a joke in regards to curriculum. We moved to Cabot because of the school district when we moved to Arkansas. It did not take us long, however, to learn that school does not care too much for students who are advanced academically, who are interested in the arts and/or science. This school is all about football first, the other sports second, and every other aspect about the school falls to the wayside. If you are not a member of the faculty or a dear friend, your child will get lost with no regrets. We have found it to be both disconcerting and deplorable that the small percentage of advanced/gifted children who keep this district in the "top public schools list" and are the reason why this district has many schools labeled as "diamond schools to watch" yet they allow the most gifted of students to navigate this ridiculously large campus without assistance. Intelligent and/or artistic students are looked at as 2nd class citizens at this school by faculty and students alike, and it is sickening. From the outside, Cabot has all of the things that involved parents want in a school district, but once you become part of the school district you learn the sad truth - if you don't play sports, you don't matter. We are parents who are highly educated and very involved in our only child's education and Cabot has severely disappointed us. What's worse is our best option is not to change school districts, but states altogether. It appears as though the faculty have learned how to play the game; they are overly polite, they portray this deep desire to help your child succeed, they seem genuinely invested in your child's educational growth and personal development... but beware, the raw truth will soon follow. If your main goal raising your children is for them to become a professional athlete, this is absolutely the school for you. But if your child is extremely gifted, this probably isn't the school for you. Gifted children require a comprehensive learning environment created to address their individual needs as a group and Cabot is seriously lacking in this area.
- submitted by a parent