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About This School

Cottonwood High School is a public high school in Cottonwood. The principal of Cottonwood High School is Mrs Judy Carol Fowler, whose e-mail is jfowler@hcboe.hcboe.us. 738 children attend Cottonwood High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 70% of the 738 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cottonwood High School is 16:1. Houston County Area Vocational Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 80%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 17%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 54%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Cottonwood is very behind. They are in need of a new principle. Change cannot come when you have someone stuck in the 60's. The school only seems to support football not education. I am not impressed.

  • (3 years ago)

    Cottonwood is an ok school... i feel it does not offer enough and teachers have favorites... some teacher i dont understand why they are even there... some are just plain mean (and not in the way that makes you try hareder more like the way to make you drop out)... when i go to school everyday i want to go learn not dread the thought of going the sports are growing at least... go bear!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    It's got a good Elementary but after 4th grade you really fal behind in acedemics in comparison to other Houston County schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cottonwood is kind of in the middle to me it's alot of things that they can improve the teachers tend to sometimes have thier favorites. I go to CHS an to be honest i have some good days and some bad days but over all my good out did the bad. By the end of the year um greatful for being here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student (junior) at CHS. Cottonwood is a very good school. I passed everyone of my graduation exams the 1st year i took them b/c my teachers prepared me for it. I love CHS. The teachers do care about you. The communtiy is not so great but the school is likes its own little communtiy. People come from all over to go to CHS. ) Go Bears!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated from Cottonwood High School and went on to the UofA. I was in all the honor classes and graduated in the top 10. When I got to college and took on the work load it was difficult. Cottonwood did not prepare me in any way shape or form for college. I have since moved away and would never allow my children to attend Cottonwood.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a student here at cottonwood to me this is the best school ever! the teachers and everybody here are wonderful caring and even loveing they do there best to teach us. No matter what sittuation you are in they are always there for you. And they never ever let you down no matter what!

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree with this statement...we are not only about academics....we CARE for our students! I have worked at CHS for only 2 years and I am amazed and thrilled at how our staff has pulled together to help students/families in financial needs medical needs etc! We have a fantastic staff/parent/student relationship! I am proud to be a bear!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    i had two sons graduate from Cottonwood High School and now have two step-sons going to Cottonwood.All four have or still enjoy the school.Don't understand how people can complain about a school and still allow their children to go there.If you are not happy there then leave.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to cottonwood and i disagree it is a great school with small town nice people all i have to say is go bearssss

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the statement about if you weren't raised in Cottonwood you are treated differently. I had a child that was treated differently in this school the best year ( senior) was her worst year because of they way she was treated by the the staff. Now I'm going to enroll a grandchild and I hope it is a much better experience for her!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of two children that attend Cottonwood. In my opinion of this school its not how well your child performs either academically or in extra curricular activities your child is judged by who their parents are. If a particular teacher doesnt like the parent the child is judged based on that. Not their performance. The community is awful! The people in this town are judgemental and do not accept people that were not raised in it. If you are thinking of enrolling your child at CHS think hard before sujecting your child to this judgemental environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a teacher as well as a parent of a child who attends CHS. As I have grown to know the community I am convinced that there is not another school in the country with as loving and caring a community as we have here. Cottonwood is not just academics - but we care about our students success in life - today and tomorrow. That is why we made US News & World Report for best high schools in the country. It is our faculty and students who through sweat tears many laughs and hard work that made this happen. Watch out America because here we come!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My child attends CHS and for the most part is very happy. However there are teachers who show favortism and even though she is young she still notices this. We pay our school fees just like everyone else. I keep telling myself it will get better.

  • (6 years ago)

    i think cottonwood school is the best the teachers are great to the students and they try there best to get the students a good grade!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very happy with the school and the faculty that is there teaching our children. I am very proud to say that my children attend school at CHS.

  • (7 years ago)

    I grew up at CHS and when I look back on it now I realize that it played a huge role in sync with my home learning in establishing not only my wisdom and knowledge but also my moral outlook on life and the decisions that I make in my everyday dealings. Thank you Mr. Tew and Mrs. Fowler;Thank you Linda Ann Wells for all of your teaching guidance love and support. I will make you proud with the success I achieve. Couldn't have done it without you all. I will succeed!

  • (8 years ago)

    I attend CWood and I love it. It might be small but I like it that way. You never have to worry about getting lost at CWood (lol). The teachers are really helpful and most of them will listen and help anyway they can. I have two more years at Cwood and I think I'm really going to miss it when I graduate.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to school at chs and it was a wonderful learning and caring environment. My child attends chs now and it was a very good decesion because he has learned how to be goal oriented and respectful to others. Chs is a caring and very dedicated school and believes in teaching its students to take pride in their work and in their self. Chs staff is wonderful and are willing to talk about concerns they may have regarding your child and the problems your child may be having. Again chs is wonderful. I have a child in 4th grade this year and his sister will start in another year. Chs is definitely my choice for her also. We are one big family!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Cottonwood and I now teach high school. I graduated from the University of Alabama and have my masters. No Cottonwood does not have everything your typical 6A would have but I look back and realize how much the teachers truly care about the students. Being in the schools now I realize what a good school Cottonwood was and if I had a child I would send them there.

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