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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

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
January 09, 2019
Shipping Information for A+ Spring District Meets

Printed Materials:

  • February 1-6 meets are being shipped to arrive by January 25th.
  • February 7-13 meets: materials arrive by January 30th
  • February 14- March 5 meets: materials arrive by February 1st
  • March 6- March 30 meets: materials arrive by February 15th
  • April 1- end of May meets: materials arrive by March 6th

Digital Materials:

  • February meets: materials emailed by January 16
  • March meets: materials emailed by February 13
  • April and May meets: materials emailed by March 8
November 13, 2018
Shipping Information for District Materials

Printed Materials:

  • District meets scheduled for December 1-4 are being shipped to arrive by Thursday, November 15
  • District meets scheduled for December 5-11 are being shipped to arrive by Wednesday, November 28
  • District meets scheduled for December 12-20 are being shipped to arrive by Wednesday, December 5
  • District meets scheduled for January 2-19 are being shipped to arrive by Wednesday, December 12
  • District meets scheduled for January 22-30 are being shipped to arrive by Friday, January 11

Digital Materials:

  • District meets scheduled in December are being emailed Wednesday, November 13
  • District meets scheduled in January are being emailed Monday, December 17
January 19, 2018
A+ Spring District Materials’ Status
Print Materials-

Meets scheduled for February 1- 10: Materials to arrive by January 26

Meets scheduled for February 12- 17: Materials to arrive by February 6

Meets scheduled for February 20- 26: Materials to arrive by February 9

 

CD Materials-

Meets scheduled in February: Your materials have shipped as of January 19 and will arrive the week of January 22.

 

November 07, 2017
A+ District Materials’ Status

Print Materials- If your meet is scheduled for December 1-4, your materials are scheduled to ship so that you receive them by November 16. Directly after Thanksgiving break, our office will continue to ship materials in order of meet date.

CD Materials- If your meet is scheduled for December, your CD is scheduled to ship next week so that you receive it by November 16. If your meet is scheduled for January, your materials are scheduled to ship in early December.

A+ campus Registration
2019-2020

Each A+ participating school must register with the UIL state office each year. A+ Handbooks will be emailed to registered schools beginning in August.

REGISTER HERE

UIL A+ Handbook

Download a copy of the UIL A+ Handbook here. If you are a UIL coordinator and have not yet registered, please do so.

A+ Academic Study Materials