Out of District and School Zone Transfer Requests (2023-2024 School Year)


Applications will be reviewed and a decision to accept out-of-district or out-of-zone students will be based on among other criteria, grades, attendance, discipline record, and current grade level numbers at the desired school. No applications will be accepted and no transfers will be approved for any reason after June 30, 2023.

Students applying for out-of-district or out-of-zone transfers must follow an application process to determine their admission status. The application process will consider:

  • The capacity of the school (as well as the capacity of any specialized program or placement within a school that may be applicable to a specific student) to accommodate additional students based upon current occupancy.

  • Attendance history of the prospective student: student must have no more than 3 unexcused absences or 10 excused absences the previous year (with the exception of a serious medical condition.)

  • Discipline history of the prospective student: student must have no more than three Class 2 discipline referrals and no Class 3 discipline referrals.

  • Satisfactory academic performance, as defined by a 70% average overall in core subjects.

  • Enrolling the student will not cause the creation of a new program or additional staffing by the school.

  • The parent or guardian must have a legal right to enroll the student.

  • Possible graduation status of the prospective student: the student must be on track for graduation with his/her current cohort group.

  • The family must provide transportation to the zoned school. Cullman County Schools will not provide transportation services to students living outside the current Cullman County School district.  Once a student enrolls, transportation will be provided to allow the student to attend the Cullman Area Technology Academy or other school events within Cullman County or other educational experiences as may be provided to other resident students.

  • Cullman County Schools will not provide homebound instruction outside of the county limits of Cullman County.

  • Cullman County Schools will comply with all AHSAA rules and regulations. 

  • Students enrolled from areas outside of the Cullman County School System will be provisional for one school year.

  • Students who enroll through out-of-district transfer are eligible to attend the Cullman Area Technology Academy but program availability is NOT guaranteed. Acceptance to career-technical programs is limited to those with available staff and space for students.

  • Students admitted are responsible for any applicable fees. Failure to pay fees may result in withdrawal.

  • Other fees (parking, course fees, extracurriculars, etc.) will be added on an individual basis at the local school. Students are responsible for all fees that a typical student would incur.

There will not be an out-of-district fee during the 2023-2024 school year. The out-of-district/out-of-zone application must be completed on an annual basis.

Application Checklist

  1. Completed forms for each school-aged child.

  2. Copy of the most recent report card for each school-aged child (if not a previous student of Cullman County Schools)

  3. Copy of IEP/504 Plan (if applicable)

  4. Copy of attendance for each school-aged child (if not a previous student of Cullman County Schools)

  5. Copy of discipline report for each school-aged child (if not a previous student of Cullman County Schools)

  6. Relevant educational information about each child.

Additional Information

  • Grades, attendance, and discipline reports can be obtained from your child's school and can be submitted to Richard Orr, Assistant Superintendent via email, or mailed/dropped off at Cullman County Schools, 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055.

  • Failure to disclose pertinent information about a student or providing inaccurate information regarding a student is grounds for Cullman County Schools to withdraw the student. No funds will be refunded in these cases.

  • You will be notified by email whether your application was be accepted of declined. Once accepted, you will follow the enrollment procedures at the local school.