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.

The theme for the 2019-2020 Academic Decathlon is In Sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.

Important Dates*

September 17, 2019
Academic Decathlon Team Coach Orientation
RCOE Conference Center, 3958 Twelfth Street, Riverside | 4:00 p.m.
December 6, 2019
Team Registration Materials Deadline
Includes: transcripts, team registration and volunteer information.
January 25, 2020
Academic Decathlon Competition – Essay Writing, Speeches, Interviews
Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley
February 1, 2020
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 26-29, 2020
California Academic Decathlon State Competition
April 30 – May 2, 2020
United States Academic Decathlon Competition
Anchorage, Alaska

California Academic Decathlon
United States Academic Decathlon

*Dates subject to change.

Academic Decathlon Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for the Academic Decathlon, please contact Renae Ramsey,

Forms and Documents

2019-2020 Rulebook

2019-2020 Team Registration Form

2019-2020 Required Volunteer Form

2019-2020 Student Participation Form