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 2018 earned over $4,211,550.00 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. Niche online ranking system has indicated Cullman High School has an overall grade of "A" and is also ranked as follows:
- 2019 Best Public High Schools in Alabama #14 overall, by US News and World Reports
- 2019 Best College Prep High School in Alabama #21 of 353, by Niche
- 2019 Best Public High School Teachers in Alabama #5 of 135, by Niche
- 2019 Best High Schools for STEM in Alabama #31 of 64, by Niche
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 22.1 in contrast with the national average of 21.0.
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 provided 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 mastering 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 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 consistently is 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 2018, the CHS Marching Band performed at Universal Studio, Orlando. Our award-winning musical theatre department annually presents professional, dramatic productions to over 2,000 school and community guests. Last year, the Fine Arts Department's productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame 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.