An ensemble’s classification is based on grade level and school enrollment at the time the registration form is submitted. Any group from a single school may enter a higher classification. A group may select its required music from a higher grade without changing its classification.
High School (9-12, 10-12, 11-12, 12)
Classifications of high schools, based on total school enrollment, will be as follows:
|AAAA||1,800 and above|
|AAA||1,150 – 1,799|
|AA||700 – 1,149|
|A||400 – 699|
|B.||1 – 399|
Junior High, Middle, and Elementary Schools
Classification in this section will be determined by the total enrollment of the school and the top grade in the ensemble. Grades represented must be indicated on the entry form in the space provided.
|Classification||School enrollment||Top grade in
|9-A||1,000 and above||9th|
|8-A||1,000 and above||8th|
|7-A||1,000 and above||7th|
|6-A||1,000 and above||6th|
|5-A||1,000 and above||5th|
|4-A||1,000 and above||4th|
Second Groups: Second or training organizations will be classified as second groups. A second group in AAAA high school for example will be designated as Class AAAA-Second Group.
Members of a school’s first group may not participate in second or training groups.
Second groups may not participate without participation from the first group (exception: State/Regional Assessment).
CLASS D (Band only): Unusual circumstances many times prevent groups from participating in District Assessments. A director who feels that unusual circumstances warrant an opportunity to enter a lower classification as described in this handbook may petition a committee of the LMEA Board of Directors for consideration. The director will present the facts and circumstances prompting his/her request to a committee of the LMEA President, the Division Chair, and the District Director during the Annual State LMEA Conference. The Division Chair will notify the director immediately after the meeting if possible, but if the situation warrants further study, he shall be notified within (7) days. A group may be allowed to drop a maximum of two classifications and shall be ineligible for qualification for State Assessment.
CLASS F: Combined schools taught by the same director in an itinerant position. This classification must carry the top grade represented. (example: 8-F, 9-F.)
Performance requirement in F Classification will be taken from the enrollment of the largest school. (example: School 1 = 200 enrollment, Class B; School 2 = 425 enrollment, Class A. Performance is required from Class A).
Total school programs (same teacher at high school and junior high) may use students from the junior high with the high school and will use the high school classification. (example:Class B, Class A etc.) Junior high students used with the high school are not eligible to perform (at LMEA assessment) with the junior high group.
CLASS G: 100% beginners. In class G, sight reading will not be required at the district level unless the group plans to participate in the state music assessment.
CLASS H (Youth Choruses, All-City Choruses, Youth Symphonies, and All-City Orchestras only): In Class H, the organization must rehearse on a regularly scheduled basis and each student must be a member of the school’s instrumental music program. In a situation where there is no like program in the school, the student must be certified by the director of the performing organization. The director of this performing organization must be a member of NAfME/LMEA or pay the nonmember LMEA fee. This classification must carry the top grade represented (example 9-H, 11 -H, 8-H. etc.).
CLASS I: Parish or local honor group. Class I will carry a classification one level higher than the largest school represented. (example: a group with the largest school being Class A will be classified I-AA.) The group will perform and sight read Class AA. Students performing with Class I honor groups will not lose eligibility in their own school program. The official enrollment of the school will be certified by the principal and determined by the enrollment at the time of the assessment entry.