Sacramento County Academic Decathlon


About the Decathlon

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The 44th Annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon will take place during the 2023–24 school year. School teams study the theme in subjects like science or music using the curriculum 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 (a quiz-bowl-type competition that takes place in front of a live audience, when in-person).

Student participants

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

Learn How to Start a Team and Participate
(portions of text courtesy of the CollegeVine blog)