Sacramento County Academic Decathlon


The 42nd Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon will take place during the 2021-22 school year. We are working out the details and are hopeful to be back in person for all or most of the Decathlon events this February.

The 2021-22 theme is "Water: A Most Essential Resource"

About the Decathlon

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).

Student participants

Students master ten events which allows 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.

Learn How to Start a Team

Portions of this text taken from the CollegVine Blog