Every great journey begins with a first step, and the visionaries who built the League recognized that the first steps toward educational excellence must begin early. Academic competition for younger students was a part of the UIL program almost from the beginning, with the first junior division Declamation contest for students aged 10-14 in 1913. The first competition for students under age 10 was Spelling, which began a sub-junior division in 1921.
The program of academic competition for elementary, middle school and junior high officially became "A+ Academics" in 2008. A+ Academics includes 20 different events for grades 2-8. These events span the curriculum - they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.
Updates and Frequently Requested Information
- 2023-24 A+ Registration now available
- A+ Art Smart Bulletin is posted
- A+ Music Memory List for 2023-24 is posted
- A+ Spelling List for 2023-24 is posted
- A+ Art List for 2023-24 and 2024-25 is posted
- UIL A+ Academics and TEKS Correlations
- A+ Frequently Asked Questions
- A+ One-Act Play for Junior High - Handbook and Information
- Visit the A+ Chess Puzzle page for study and practice resources.
A+ Resources to Share
A+ Academics News & Updates
UIL A+ Art Bulletin will be available soon on the UIL store.
We are working to prepare the Art Smart Bulletin, which will be available as a digital download on the UIL store very soon!
Congratulations to Chisum Middle School A+ Students
Congratulations to Chisum Middle School A+ students in their UIL academic competitive accomplishments!
Congratulations to these UIL A+ Academic competitors who excelled in their contests!
Congratulations to our A+ Academic Chess Puzzle Contestants!
Congratulations to UIL A+ Academic students who competed in a Chess Puzzle event on February 16!
A+ campus RegistratION
Each A+ participating school must register with the UIL state office each year. A+ Handbooks will be emailed to coordinators once their registration is processed.
A+ DISTRICT MEET ORDER FORM
If you are hosting a district meet, submit this form to register your meet with our office and to request your meet materials.