Academic Competitions

From spelling bees to debate tournaments, JCPS students can participate in a wide array of academic competitions. Check with your child's school to see which particular activities it offers. Click the links on the left of this page for information on specific types of competitions.

Information for Schools and Sponsors

Keep Your Team Eligible for Governor’s Cup Competition

Middle and high schools that participated in Governor’s Cup this school year have been invoiced by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC) for next year’s dues. Please check with your school's bookkeeper to make sure this gets paid. New schools in the program are encouraged to contact KAAC to join the organization. Call (502) 223-0088 for KAAC information, or visit the KAAC website.

Buzzer System Problems?

For help with Inquisitor buzzer systems, contact Bill Luyster. Visit his website.

KAAC Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving (FPS) Training

Training dates for the 2018-19 competition year can be found here after the KAAC Conference is over (September 20–22, 2018).

2018-19 Rule Changes for KAAC Events

Rule changes for this season can be found on KAAC's website.

2018 State Governor's Cup

Congratulations to the following JCPS teams for their success at State!

  • MS Overall Team Points—Meyzeek (4th place—29 points)
  • HS Overall Team Points—DuPont Manual (6th place—25.25 points)
  • HS Quick Recall—DuPont Manual (Quarterfinalist)

See the list of winners in individual written assessments.

We are proud of our JCPS students!

Transportation for League Play and Tournaments

Employee and/or Volunteer Auto Insurance Affidavits must be on file in order to transport students in private vehicles. You can get those forms online on the JCPS website or from your school secretary. Fill out the appropriate forms and permission slips requested by the board for travel. See your office personnel for board policy information regarding travel to league host sites or to tournaments.

Academic Competition Funding for Middle and High Schools

Funding for academic competition began in 1986, when school budgets were controlled by the Board of Education. At that time, the board included a $1,000 line-item earmarked for academic competition. When the schools went to site-based management, that $1,000 was included in the total amount allocated to the schools. Now, it is the responsibility of the local school to designate that money from the school's yearly budget for academic competition. The Office of Academic Competition does not give this money to the schools. It should be allocated by your site-based budget committee and set aside in anticipation that it will be needed. If you have a problem, please check with your school's bookkeeper and locate the code from which your KAAC dues have been paid in the past.

What should the $1,000 from your school budget be used for?

  • KAAC dues (Annual expense—Notice is sent to the schools in the spring.)
  • Equipment repairs/replacement
  • Study materials/Practice questions for Quick Recall and FPS
  • Hosting costs (food, custodial services, etc.)
  • Other tournament fees/expenses
  • Other expenses for academic competition as allowed by your principal

Note: Not all of these expenses will occur each year. Hosting is the largest expenditure, but that only gets assigned to a given school every three to four years. Therefore, schools may not need to spend all of these funds each year.

Elementary School Funding for Academic Competitions

There are no fees for participating in the Elementary Mayor’s Cup Academic Competition. The Office of Academic Competition provides the funding for questions, awards, etc.

The Office of Academic Competition provides and maintains the equipment (one buzzer system per school) for elementary Quick Recall as long as the school participates in the league and Mayor’s Cup.
The equipment remains the property of the Office of Academic Competition and should be considered “on loan” to the schools. It is the responsibility of the school to treat the buzzer systems with care and to report any malfunctioning equipment to the Office of Academic Competition for repair.

We provide funds to Saturday host schools to help pay the cost of hosting every three to four years. We also provide funds to pay personnel for planning and organizing the Mayor’s Cup competition during their hosting year.