Schools in the Alabama High School Athletic Association have been reclassified for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, according to an announcement by Dan Washburn, Executive Director.
This grouping of schools, approved by the Central Board of Control, is implemented every two years to take into consideration the changing enrollments of schools, school consolidations and closings, new schools and association members, and current member schools adding sports to their interscholastic program. Classifying member schools for the purpose of athletic competition is one of the Central Board’s duties under Article VII of the AHSAA Constitution.
Schools are divided into six classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A) for competition in championship programs.
Classification was based on the Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for the upper three grades (10-12) plus ninth grade holdbacks. Schools with the largest enrollments are placed in Class 6A, the next largest in Class 5A, etc.
An index of 1.35 was used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying each private school member. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes.
Alignments are made for each sport in each class, based on the number of schools participating in a sport. Some programs include two or more classes in a division.
The current two-year classification period ends with the 2005-06 school year. The new alignments will go into effect in the fall of 2006.