Sacramento County Academic Decathlon
About the Decathlon
2022–23 theme: “The American Revolution and the New Nation”
The 43rd Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon will take place during the 2022–23 school year. School teams study the theme in subjects like science or music using curriculum that is provided by the United States Academic Decathlon. Events include multiple-choice tests in different subjects like the aforementioned science and music. Events also include prepared and impromptu speeches, written essays, interviews with judges, and the Super Quiz (which is a quiz-bowl-type competition that takes place in front of a live audience -when in-person).
Students master ten events which allow them to:
- Visualize art history
- Participate in an interview
- Experiment with science
- Become versed in language and literature
- Experience the music
- Master mathematics
- Excel in social science
- Author an essay
- Prepare a speech
- Learn economics
Each team consists of three honor students (grade point average 3.80–4.0), three scholastic decathletes (GPA 3.20–3.799), and three varsity decathletes (GPA 0.0–3.199). 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.
Starting a Team
(portions of text courtesy of the CollegeVine Blog)