For the purpose of competition parity in meets and tournaments coordinated by the MPSSAA, member schools shall be divided as equally as possible into four classifications based on enrollment. Enrollment numbers are submitted to the MPSSAA Executive Director by November 1st, by the local Superintendent, and include the actual enrollment of grades 9, 10, 11 in each of the MPSSAA member schools as of September 30th, in each even-numbered year. The Classification Committee and the Executive Director of the MPSSAA shall present a recommendation of classifications of member schools to the MPSSAA Board of Control for adoption.
The MPSSAA's 197 schools will be broken evenly into four classifications titled 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A.
4A = Top 25 percent based on enrollment
3A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
2A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
1A = Lowest 25 percent based on enrollment
If, in this calculation, two or more schools with equal enrollments fall between classifications, they shall be placed in the lower classification. Once schools are broken into classifications, they are than aligned into regions based on the following guidelines:
- New regions would be organized as closely as possible to current alignments.
- Regions should be numerically balanced.
- Regions should be geographically clustered as best as possible.
- Schools within a district should be aligned in the same region whenever possible.
- If districts have to be separated because of an extreme imbalance in the number of schools in a certain classification, then the committee should consider the school's regular season league or area commitment as well as geographic location.
When the MPSSAA Board of Control adopts classifications for member schools, the classifications shall remain in effect for the next two school years. If a new MPSSAA member school opens or a member school whose enrollment is significantly changed (significantly changed is defined as a decrease or an increase of more than 25 percent) than that school shall be placed in the proper classification by the Classification Committee.