Join the National Academic League

  • Fosters amicable and intense competition among schools
  • Tryouts are held in September/October.
  • Meetings are held in Room 6 and Room 19
  • Practices are held most often on Tuesdays, games mostly on Thursdays
  • Sponsors:  Mr. Spencer and Ms. Merlene



The 2021-2022 NAL season starts in January!
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The philosophy of NAL is that young academic athletes in our society should be motivated and recognized in the same way as other young athletes.  Each junior high in Mesa Public Schools (MPS) has an NAL team. We will be competing against eight other teams throughout Mesa.  The district championship team will then have the honor of representing the city of Mesa and the state of Arizona in the national tournament held at ASU via video conferencing. Our games consist of fast-paced questioning on various topics, including math, science, literature, geography, history, and current events.  There is also a presentation portion of the competition during which team members prepare a discussion on a particular topic and present it to the judges/audience.

All NAL team members will practice at 3:45 p.m. in room 6 on most Thursdays prior to the start of the season, and most Tuesdays and Thursdays after the season starts in January.  We may modify the practice schedule if needed in order to accommodate conflicting schedules.  Games will be on Thursdays through February, starting at approximately 4:15 p.m. and ending around 5:30 p.m.  In the event that we win the city championship, the season will last a few weeks (perhaps even months) longer as we participate in the national tournament.  Parents and friends are encouraged to attend our games to cheer us on!  All home games will be in the Academy's Multipurpose Room.  Our full game schedule for this year will be here.

Our NAL team needs your support in several ways.  First, all team members need to have parental approval for their participation - please make sure that I have a signed copy of the permission slip sent home with students who make the team.  Second, it would be most helpful and appreciated if members of the team could stay for ten minutes or so after the home games to help clean up.  Furthermore, team members will be asked to sign up to bring a treat once or twice during the season.  I have heard from former team members that this is the key to a winning tradition, so we will begin that tradition right from the start!  Lastly, it will be necessary for all team members to wear a team shirt during games. 

This will be another blue-ribbon year for the Academy's NAL team.  We look forward to working with the team to promote pride in academic achievement and our winning tradition. If you have any questions, comments, or helpful ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me at 308-7406 (

Thank you!