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A+ Academics Contact Info

A+ Academics Director:
David Trussell

A+ Program Coordinator:
Lisa Parker

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State Champions

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

August 10, 2017
A+ Registration Status

Do you want to check on your A+ registration for 2017-2018? Look up your school in the A+ registration system. If there is a check mark next to "Register" for 2017-2018, you are good to go!

January 13, 2017
A+ Spring District Meet Shipping Status
  • CD Orders- CDs have been shipped for meets scheduled for February- April (materials should arrive by January 25).
  • Print Orders- Print orders have been shipped for meets scheduled for February- March (materials should arrive by January 25).
November 11, 2016
A+ Fall/Winter District Meet Shipping Status

Below are current estimated shipping dates for district materials:

  • CD Orders- These were shipped on Monday, November 14th (to arrive before November 18).
  • Meets scheduled for December 1-3: These were shipped on Tuesday, November 15th (to arrive before November 18).
  • Meets scheduled for December 5: These are being shipped on Wednesday, November 16th (to arrive by November 18).
  • Meets scheduled for December 6-9: These are being shipped on November 28th (to arrive by December 1)
  • Meets scheduled for December 10-14: These are being shipped on November 29th (to arrive by December 2)
  • Meets scheduled for January: These are being shipped on December 12 (to arrive by December 15)
October 18, 2016
A+ Invitational Meet Materials Shipping Status

A+ Invitational Meet CDs have started to ship as of October 18. The materials are being sent in order of meet date.

A+ campus Registration

Registration for 2017-2018 is now available. Each A+ participating school must register with the UIL state office each year. A+ Handbooks will be emailed to registered schools beginning in August.


A+ Academic Study Materials

For Central Office Personnel
A+ Handbook

Are you an A+ DISTRICT level coordinator? Click here to receive your complimentary A+ Handbook. This form does not register a district meet. Its sole purpose is to provide an A+ Handbook for people who oversee multiple A+ schools in a single A+ district.

If you are a school coordinator, please do not submit this form. Instead, register your campus here.