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Sacramento County Academic Decathlon

​​​​​​​The Sacramento County Academic Decathlon, held the first Saturday in February of each year, is an academic competition open to high school students from all school districts in Sacramento County.

On February 2, 2019, hundreds of high school students, teachers, and community volunteers gathered at Inderkum High School [map] in Natomas for the 39th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. This year's theme: The 1960's: A Transformational Decade.

About the Decathlon​​

Student decathletes participate as a 9-member team against other schools by taking 30 minute multiple-choice tests in the subjects of economics, language & literature, music, science, art, mathematics, and social science.

In addition, each team member gives a planned 4 minute speech, a 2 minute impromptu speech, participates in a 7-minute interview, and has 50 minutes to write an essay. Each team consists of three honor students (grade point average 3.75–4.0), three scholastic decathletes (GPA 3.00–3.74), and three varsity decathletes (GPA 0.0–2.99).

The competition culminates in the high-energy team event called the Super Quiz, which is open to the public. Individual and team award medals are presented at an awards banquet and the overall winning team from the county competition is invited to participate in the statewide California Academic Decathlon.

Academic Decathlon teams spend months preparing for this demanding competition. In addition to mastering the extensive academic content, students learn about teamwork, goal setting, planning and leadership.

Contact Information​

Additional information about the Sacramento County Academic Decathlon is available by e-mailing or calling Craig Irish: (916) 228-2660.

Collage of student participants 

Sacramento County Academic Decathlon
Pencil drawing of hand holding Decathlon medals


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