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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

February 21, 2024
Congratulations to B.L. Gray Junior High School UIL Students in Sharyland ISD!

Congratulations to these students, academic coaches, and administration for their great accomplishment at their district competition!

November 10, 2023
A+ District Meet Materials

Print Materials: If you are receiving print materials and are hosting in the first few days of December, your materials are being shipped to arrive before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Digital Materias: If you are receiving digital files and are hosting in December, you will receive those files on Monday morning.

February 13, 2023
Congratulations to Chisum Middle School A+ Students

Congratulations to Chisum Middle School A+ students in their UIL academic competitive accomplishments!

October 12, 2022
A+ Spelling Answer Sheets

Below are the A+ Spelling answer sheets that include a second page for each. If you received an A+ Handbook before October 12th, it is possible the handbook did not include the second page. 

Grades 3/4
Grades 5/6
Grades 7/8

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

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.



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


A+ Academic Study Materials