Here is what you need to know about the UIL classification cutoffs

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The UIL announced the classification cutoffs on Tuesday, which will be used to set districts in the upcoming realignment for the 2020 and 2021 football seasons. The actual districts will be released by the UIL in February.

Key Points

  • The UIL set the cutoff line for 6A/5A at 2220 students, which includes 248 total schools plus one opt-up in South Garland. This is notable because realignment procedures state that 6A can include up to 250 schools, plus schools that opt up. If the UIL went to the maximum number of 6A schools, Austin Anderson and Highland Park would be included in Class 6A.
  • Fort Worth Trimble Tech, after being placed in 6A last realignment due to their lack of attendance zones, will be back in a Fort Worth ISD 5A-Division II district in the upcoming alignment.
  • The UIL certainly has a unique problem when dealing with Class 5A Division I as there are only three schools in the El Paso area that fit the enrollment criteria. There are three 5A-Division I schools in Lubbock and now four in Amarillo with Tascosa dropping from Class 6A. So does the UIL create a mega 10-team district for West Texas or do they place the three Lubbock ISD schools with the three in El Paso, leaving Amarillo their own four-team district? If that happens, what kind of domino affect does that have on the DFW area, which may get loaded up with nine- and 10-team districts?
  • There’s some controversy with some of the numbers released on the UIL website regarding two ISD’s in South Texas. Laredo Cigarroa opted up to Class 5A-Division I, as expected, despite having a 5A-Division II enrollment. However, fellow Laredo ISD 5A program Laredo Martin is listed on the UIL site as having a Division II enrollment and remaining in Division II. Laredo Martin HC David Charles has advised multiple outlets that Martin turned in over 2,000 as their enrollment and should be in Division II. In McAllen ISD, all three high schools are showing enrollments that would keep them in Class 6A, however the coaches in McAllen ISD are insisting their schools turned in lower numbers and are actually in 5A-Division I. Many times, coaches aren’t aware of the actual numbers their schools turn in (alternative campuses, academies etc.), so this will be something to watch as well. If the McAllen 6A’s drop to 5A-Division I, does this adjust the 6A/5A cut line?
  • 17 schools in Class 5A opted up from Division II to Division I, thus artificially inflating the Division I/Division II break line to 1900. If those 17 schools had played in Division II as their enrollment dictates, the division break would drop to 1838, a significant impact indeed.
  • Houston ISD opted up all of their 4A schools to 4A Division I after allowing their schools to play in the division they were placed in the last realignment. Dallas ISD also did the same with their 4A Division I schools.
  • The landscape in Class 4A Division I is certainly going to be different the next two years as several powers are leaving, Liberty Hill and Crandall are moving up to Class 5A, while Lindale, Corpus Christi Calallen, Port Lavaca Calhoun, Vidor and Kaufman all go down to 4A-Division I from 5A. Carthage, China Spring, Celina, Sealy, Navasota and Seminole all drop to 4A-Division II from 4A-Division I.
  • There are a few new charter schools in smaller classifications in metro areas that will be playing football next season. It’ll be interesting to see what, if any impact they have. San Antonio YMLA and Austin Achieve will be in 4A-Division II, while Odessa Compass and Houston Legacy will be in 3A-Division II.

Please see below for a list of schools changing classifications and/or divisions, if we missed one please send to

Moving to 6A

5A D1 to 6A: Alvin Shadow Creek, Denton Braswell, El Paso Eastlake, El Paso Eastwood, Hutto, Little Elm, Saginaw Boswell, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, San Antonio Wagner, Tomball, Willis

New 6A: Conroe Grand Oaks

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