Academic Decathlon

Congratulations to Elsinore High School’s Academic Decathlon team winners of the 2019 Riverside County competition.

Grades 9-12

The Academic Decathlon is an academic competition for students in grades 9 through 12.  Students compete as team members in a series of academic tests and demonstrations.  Each team consists of three “A” (Honor), three “B” (Scholastic), and three “C” or below (Varsity) students.  Awards are presented to the top teams as well as the top individual students in each event.

Academic Decathlon is, like its ancient Greek counterpart, a 10-event contest. Participants demonstrate their academic strength by completing seven written tests, writing an essay, delivering a prepared and an impromptu speech, and participating in an interview. The exciting Super Quiz is a team event held before a live audience.

Within Riverside County, the champion of the county event advances to the California Academic Decathlon.  The California Academic Decathlon winner advances to the United States Academic Decathlon competition in April each year.

Important Dates*

September 19, 2018
Academic Decathlon Team Coach Orientation
RCOE Conference Center, 3958 Twelfth Street, Riverside | 4:00 p.m.
December 3, 2018
Team Registration Materials Deadline
Includes: transcripts, team registration and volunteer information.
January 26, 2019
Academic Decathlon Competition – Essay Writing, Speeches, Interviews
Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley
February 2, 2019
Academic Decathlon Competition – Written Tests
Super Quiz | 1:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony | 4:00 p.m.
Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley
March 21-24, 2019
California Academic Decathlon State Competition
April 25-27, 2019
United States Academic Decathlon Competition
Bloomington, Minnesota

California Academic Decathlon
United States Academic Decathlon

*Dates subject to change.

Academic Decathlon Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Academic Decathlon, please contact Tracey Case, (951) 826-6570 or

Forms and Documents

2018-2019 Rulebook

2018-2019 Team Registration Form

2018-2019 Required Volunteer Form

2018-2019 Student Participation Form