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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

 

A+ Resources to Share

Click HERE to email any contest or practice A+ material that you would like to share with A+ UIL coaches and coordinators. Shared materials are available here.

A+ Academics News & Updates

May 17, 2022
Congratulations to these UIL A+ Academic competitors who excelled in their contests!

February 18, 2022
Congratulations to our A+ Academic Chess Puzzle Contestants!

2022 A+ Chess Winners
Congratulations to UIL A+ Academic students who competed in a Chess Puzzle event on February 16!

November 10, 2021
A+ Fall/Winter District Materials

Our office is preparing to send meet directors materials for fall/winter district meets. 

If you requested printed meet materials by the deadline to order, here is when your materials will arrive:

* December 1- December 6 Meets- ship to arrive by November 18
* December 7- December 15 Meets- ship to arrive by December 3
* January 3- January 11 Meets- ship to arrive by December 16
* January 13- January 22 Meets- ship to arrive by January 7
* January 24- January 29 Meets- ship to arrive by January 14

If you requested digital files, here is when the email with meet material will arrive:

*December Meets- Will be emailed on November 11
* January Meets- Will be emailed on December 3

January 21, 2020
A+ Spring District Shipping Schedule

Shipping Information for A+ Spring District Meets (will be updated as more information is possible)

Printed Materials:

  • February 1- 7 meets are being shipped by January 24
  • February 8- 15 meets are being shipped towards the beginning of January 27 week

Digital Materials:

  • February meets were emailed on January 15
November 15, 2019
A+ Fall/Winter Shipping Schedule
Shipping Information for A+ Fall/Winter District Meets

Printed Materials:

  • December 1-10 meets are being shipped to arrive by November 22 (or earlier)
  • December 11-17 meets are being shipped to arrive by December 4
  • January 6-18 meets are being shipped to arrive by December 18
  • January 21-31 meets are being shipped to arrive by January 9

Digital Materials:

  • December meets: materials emailed by November 14
  • January meets: materials emailed by December 11

A+ campus RegistratION
2022-2023

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.

REGISTER HERE

A+ DISTRICT MEET ORDER FORM
2022-2023

If you are hosting a district meet, submit this form to register your meet with our office and to request your meet materials. 

REQUEST MATERIALS HERE

A+ Academic Study Materials