A. The following breakdown of grades is used to designate categories for curricular event entries. Each level has its own competitive events guide:

Middle School/Junior High School—Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

High School—Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Ninth graders must compete at the level in which the chapter affiliates. For example, if 9th grade is housed in a 9th-12th grade high school, the student must compete in high school events. If the 9th grade is housed in a 6th-9th or 7th-9th grade school, 9th grade students must compete in middle school events.

B.  If  the  school  has  a  K-12  configuration,  or  a  configuration other than the examples above, contact the Competition Regulations Committee (CRC) chairperson or Lynda Haitz, TSA competitions manager, for clarification and approval regarding the appropriate school designation.


TSA strives to ensure that competitive event judging results are accurate and fair. Although training, supervision, and the use of best practices are employed, errors in judging may occur. In most cases errors cannot be corrected, and TSA does not accept responsibility for any claims relating to errors.