A thorough explanation of rules and guidelines for Bible, music, speech, art, and academics may be found in the National Competition Manual. Science fair rules and forms are outlined in the AACS Science Fair Rules and Guidelines publication.

***Only schools that have purchased the 2010 AACS National Competition Manual have access to the posted judging forms.


The AACS National Competition has been organized to provide a challenge toward excellence among the students of fundamental Christian schools across America. This competition will allow Christian young people to showcase disciplined skills in various areas of proficiency so that they might better serve the Lord throughout their lives. Certainly a worthy goal of Christian education is to follow the example of our Saviour who “… increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Eligibility of Contestants

Only Senior High students (grades 9-12) who have won or placed in an AACS certified state or regional competition may participate in the National Competition. However, this requirement will be waived for the following exceptions: students in grades 7 and 8 may compete in orchestra/band and handbell/handchime choir. Students will be allowed to compete only if their school is currently a member of a state association who is in good standing with the AACS. A state may enter only one individual or group in each category.

Eligibility of Entries

The same entry (i.e., music composition, speech manuscript, art entry, science fair project, sermon, or Bible teaching lesson) which placed at the state level must be entered in National Competition. See “General Rules” of each Area for additional eligibility requirements.

Limitation of Contestants

Competition is divided into five areas (Bible, Music, Speech, Art, and Academics). In individual competition a student may enter one category in any three of the following four areas: Bible, Music, Speech, and Academics. In addition, a student may enter one or two categories in Art.

Example: A student may enter Sacred Piano, Declamation, English Testing, Calligraphy, and Sculpture.

Example: A student may enter Expository Preaching, Vocal Solo, Sculpture, and Old Testament Bible Knowledge.

This applies only to individual competition. A student may enter group competition in addition to the three individual categories.

Note: Students entering Bible Memory, Debate, and Spelling may encounter irreconcilable scheduling conflicts and should give consideration to limiting their competition to one of these categories.


Registration must be completed in accordance with the instructions provided by the AACS National Office. Failure to submit the appropriate registration forms by the indicated deadline may result in disqualification. Entry fees and room and board fees will be determined annually.

Date and Location

The dates and location of the Competition will be set by the AACS National Office.

Classes of Competition

Two class distinctions shall be made in the categories of choral group, handbell/handchime choir, and orchestra/band. Class A groups in these categories are allowed to participate at the class AA level if the Class AA category does not have a sanctioned winner designated by the state competition coordinator.

Class A………………….. 80 or fewer students in Senior High (grades 9-12)

Class AA………………… 81 or more students in Senior High (grades 9-12)


Awards will be given for first, second, and third place. The State Association which receives the most points (three points for first, two points for second, and one point for third) will be awarded the AACS Cup of Excellence. The winning state will receive a plaque that remains in the state.

National Competition Categories


  • Bible Quizzing
  • Bible Memory
  • Bible Teaching
  • Bible Preaching
  • Expository Preaching
  • Evangelistic Preaching
  • Topical Preaching


  • Female Vocal Solo
  • Male Vocal Solo
  • Small Vocal Ensemble
  • Large Vocal Ensemble
  • Choral Group
  • Instrumental Brass Solo
  • Instrumental Woodwind Solo
  • Instrumental String Solo
  • Instrumental Percussion Solo
  • Small Instrumental Ensemble
  • Large Instrumental Ensemble
  • Orchestra/Band
  • Sacred Piano Solo
  • Classical Piano Solo
  • Sacred Piano-Organ Duet
  • Handbell/Handchime Ensemble
  • Handbell/Handchime Choir
  • Sacred Piano Duet
  • Classical Piano Duet
  • Instrumental Organ Solo


  • Debate
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Oral Interpretation of Poetry
  • Religious Reading
  • Declamation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Duet Acting
  • Original Persuasive Oratory
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation of Scripture
  • Readers’ Theater
  • Choric Speaking


  • Calligraphy
  • Monochromatic Drawing
  • Polychromatic Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Oil Painting
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Crafts
  • Printmaking
  • Still Life Photography
  • Landscapes and Architecture Photography
  • People and Animals Photography
  • Digital Media
  • Woodworking
  • Mixed Media


  • Academic Testing
  • Old Testament Knowledge
  • New Testament Knowledge
  • English
  • Algebra/Geometry
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • World History/Geography
  • U.S. History/Geography
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Expository Writing: Essay
  • Spelling
  • Accounting
  • Home Economics
  • Political Science/Economics
  • Music Theory
  • Spanish
  • Science Fair
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences