Academic Decathlon Program Information
WHAT IS ACADEMIC DECATHLON?
Academic Decathlon is an educational competion for high school students from various academic achievement levels to demonstrate their knowledge, and proficiency of a specific theme. Each year, the United States Academic Decathlon chooses a new theme, with this year's theme being Technology & Humanity.
Since its inception, Academic Decathlon has provided students the opportunity to experience challenging and rigorous team and individual competitions. Designed to include students with varying achievement levels, each 9 member Academic Decathlon team is divided into 3 divisions based on student's GPA: Honors (A's), Scholastic (B's) and Varsity (C's).
Students match wits in several individual and team competitions, culminating in an exciting Super Quiz oral relay, that is open to the public. At the conclusion of the relay, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, as well as scholarships are awarded for individual events and total scores. Overall individual winners are recognized as champion teams, and advance to the next level of competition.
The success of the Academic Decathlon is shared by the students, coaches and teachers, the supportive administrators at their schools, and their understandably flexible families. Countless hours are spent learning, researching, and practicing for the competition.
The 2019-20 competition was historic as it was the first time being held online, and Bell High School winning their first ever Academic Decathlon. Unfortunately, State and National Competitions were canceled due to COVID-19.
Strengthen students’ self-esteem
Improve students’ academic achievement and skills
Develop school pride
Foster a team spirit and spirit of cooperation
Build students’ perseverance and dedication
Prepare students for college and life
Each school is to have a team consisting of nine members, all of whom are to be full-time students (four or more classes) from the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and/or twelfth grades. The members are to include three students from each of the categories listed below.
|Grade Point Average
3.8 - 4.00
3.2 - 3.79
3.199 and Below
Each team member will compete in the following :
MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS
30-minute multiple-choice test in each of the following subjects:
- Language and Literature
- Social Science
- One 4-minute planned speech on the topic of choice
- One 2-minute impromptu speech on yet to be chosen topic
- 7-minute interview on a variety of topics
- Team members will have 50 minutes for the essay portion to demonstrate their ability to powerfully argue an idea, as well as express what they have learned.
SUPER QUIZ RELAY
- A competition open to the public, team members will take turns solving challenges from the subjects studied.
LAUSD's Academic Decathlon Ranking
Academic decathlon INFORMATION
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Dr. Neena Agnihotri | Academic Decathlon/Pentathlon Coordinator | Beyond the Bell | LAUSD | 213-241-7900