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

Highland Park (Photo by John Hamilton)

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


Moving to 5A Division I

6A to 5A D1: Amarillo Tascosa, Austin Anderson, Baytown Sterling, Beaumont United, Dallas Molina, Dallas White, Fort Bend Kempner, La Porte, Leander, Longview, Mansfield Summit, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Richland, Weslaco East


5A D2 to 5A D1: Baytown Lee, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Cleveland, Frisco Reedy, Justin Northwest, Katy Paetow, Laredo Cigarroa, Manvel, Midlothian, Pflugerville Weiss, Red Oak, Royse City

New 5A D1: Buda Johnson


Moving to 5A Division II

6A to 5A D2: Fort Worth Trimble Tech

5A D1 to 5A D2: Austin Crockett, Austin LBJ, Austin McCallum, Austin Navarro, Austin Northeast, Austin Travis, Carrollton Creekview, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, El Paso Chapin, Fort Worth South Hills, Houston Austin, Humble Kingwood Park, Leander Rouse, Mesquite Poteet, Mission Veterans Memorial, Pflugerville Connally, PSJA Memorial, PSJA Southwest, San Antonio Sam Houston, Texarkana Texas

4A D1 to 5A D2: Crandall, Dallas Hillcrest, Fulshear, Lumberton

New 5A D2: Prosper Rock Hill


Moving to 4A Division I

5A D2 to 4A D1: Corpus Christi Calallen, El Paso Riverside, Fort Worth Carter-Riverside, Fort Worth Eastern Hills, Kaufman, Lindale, Port Lavaca Calhoun, San Antonio Kennedy, Somerset, Tuloso-Midway, Uvalde, Vidor


4A D2 to 4A D1: Dallas Lincoln, Dallas Roosevelt, Fort Stockton, Houston Kashmere, Houston Scarborough, Houston Washington, Rockport-Fulton


Moving to 4A Division II

4A D1 to 4A D2: Carthage, Celina, China Spring, Gatesville, Gonzales, Mineral Wells, Navasota, Paris North Lamar, Sanger, Sealy, Seminole

3A D1 to 4A D2: Jarrell, Manor New Tech, Orangefield, Van Alstyne

New 4A D2: Austin Achieve, San Antonio YMLA


Moving to 3A Division I

4A D2 to 3A D1: Caldwell, Cleveland Tarkington, Dalhart, Fairfield, Huntington, Lamesa, Llano, Lorena, Orange Grove, Progreso

3A D2 to 3A D1: Blanco, Comfort, Corpus Christi London, San Angelo TLC


Moving to 3A Division II

3A D1 to 3A D2: Eastland, Franklin, George West, Hooks, Hughes Springs, Karnes City, Lone Oak, Rice Consolidated, Tornillo, Warren, West Rusk

2A D1 to 3A D2: Amarillo Highland Park, Harleton, Riesel, Valley View, Wallis Brazos

New 3A D2: Houston Legacy, Odessa Compass


Moving to 2A Division I

3A D2 to 2A D1: Alba-Golden, Anson, Bloomington, Cisco, Coleman, Colorado City, Cooper, Frankston, Ganado, Hamilton. Schulenburg, Tolar

2A D2 to 2A D1: Farwell, Flatonia, Grapeland, Haskell, Premont, Tahoka, Tioga, West Hardin


Moving to 2A Division II

2A D1 to 2A D2: Cushing, Deweyville, Junction, Olney, Quinlan Boles, Seymour, Tenaha, West Sabine, Yorktown

1A to 2A D2: Ropesville, High Island


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