Tulare County Academic Decathlon

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to align with the California Academic Decathlon competition, the Tulare County Academic Decathlon event will be virtual this year.

Mission Statement

The Tulare County Academic Decathlon acknowledges, encourages, and rewards academic excellence by preparing and motivating high school students to achieve through scholastic competition.

What is the Academic Decathlon program?

The Academic Decathlon is a student competition in which ninth through twelfth grade high school students compete as individuals and as team members in a series of 10 academic tests and demonstrations. Students take seven 30-minute multiple choice tests in the subjects of Art, Economics, Music, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. Students will also have 50 minutes to write an essay on one of three given prompts. In addition to the tests and essay, each student will give two speeches and participate in a 7-minute interview. "The Academic Decathlon embodies a partnership of business, foundations and individuals in cooperation with the education community and county offices of education." (California Academic Decathlon)

Who may compete in the Academic Decathlon?

California counties hold local Academic Decathlon competitions for the high schools in their county/region. The winning team from each county is then eligible to compete in the California State Finals, along with "invited teams" with the next highest scores in the state. A total of 60 teams will participate in the State Finals.

What comprises a team?

A team consists of nine full-time students in ninth through twelfth grades from the same school. The nine-member team is comprised of three Varsity, three Scholastic, and three Honor students as indicated by the following categories:

Category GPA
Honor 3.80 & above
Scholastic 3.20 - 3.799
Varsity 3.199 & below

A student may compete in a higher division than their own GPA, but not in a lower division; i.e., a Scholastic student may compete as an Honor student, but not as a Varsity student.

Who may attend Academic Decathlon?

Only high school teams may attend the test-taking portion of the Academic Decathlon. The Super Quiz competition and Awards Ceremony are open to the public.

When will the State Finals be held?

The California Academic Decathlon (CAD) State Finals will be held online March 25-28, 2021. Visit the CAD website for a schedule.

Tulare County Academic Decathlon
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