The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics and is designed to stimulate academic achievement and honor "athletes of the mind". The competition provides high school students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem.
Like the decathlon of the ancient Greeks, the Academic Decathlon consists of ten exacting and exciting events. But, while the Greek events were contests of physical strength, the Academic Decathlon is a contest of academic strength that includes tests in art, music, language and literature, mathematics, economics, social science and science. In addition, there are communications tests that include the writing of an essay, the delivery of a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an interview. The final competition is a team Super Quiz viewed by the public showcasing the decathletes knowledge in six of the ten subjects.
For more information, contact:
Ken Scarberry, Executive Director
California Academic Decathlon