Cullman High School has a strong tradition of both academic and extracurricular success. CHS students have a demonstrated history of intellectual achievement, exemplified as the class of 2020 earned over five million dollars in offers of scholarship support for postsecondary education. Twenty-five seniors received the community service seal on their diploma with one senior documenting a record 669 hours of community service over four years. Cullman High School was acknowledged for inclusion in US News and World Reports "Best High Schools in America" listing. Cullman High School consistently ranks among the top ten percent of all Alabama High Schools on state accountability assessments.
All students have access to a comprehensive counseling program with annual advising for every student at the point of registration and an ongoing emphasis on long-term preparation for college and careers. Our students' ACT scores exceed the national norm with CHS senior students averaging a 20.0 in contrast with the national average of 19.8.
The range of course offerings includes a number of fine arts, career tech, and elective courses, reflecting student interests and ambitions. Additional Career and Technical Education programs are added to the course offerings at Cullman High School, as appropriate. Due to student data collected on career interest inventories, Foundation of Engineering and Education and Training classes were added to provide students with additional career preparation in the medical field. Additionally, to increase student opportunities in Fine Arts, beginner and advanced dance classes were added to the curriculum. As a result of the A+ College Ready program, an increasing number of Cullman High School students are registering for Advanced Placement coursework and passing AP exams to earn college credit or placement. This academic success is supported by a dedicated team of instructors who are committed to meeting the challenge of today's constant evolution of instructional strategies and digital resources. The faculty demonstrates its passion to master this challenge through professional learning.
There is strong involvement and competitive success in school athletics, fine arts, career and technical education (CTE), and extracurricular activities. Over 75% of the CHS students are involved in a variety of school-sponsored, extra-curricular, and athletic teams or clubs. The school community enjoys a comprehensive athletic program that includes 46 teams. The athletic teams consistently rank in the top 20 with unprecedented parental involvement in their respective booster clubs. The fine arts department is consistently rated superior in all areas of thespian, vocal and instrumental performances. The Cullman Bearcat Marching Band and Choir continue to set new standards with each performance. In 2022, the CHS Marching Band performed at Universal Studio, Orlando. Our award-winning musical theater department annually presents professional, dramatic productions to over 2,000 school and community guests. Last year, the Fine Arts Department's productions of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Newsies drew record crowds and rave reviews. The CTE programs are enjoying a significant enrollment increase as students enhance their classroom instruction with participation in the CTE student leadership and competition programs, as well as the addition of new CTE programs in Cybersecurity, Engineering, and Robotics.