Student and Educational Services
Craig Irish, Coordinator
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. Public and private high school students from Sacramento County are welcome to participate on a school team.
Student decathletes participate as a nine-member team against other schools by taking 30-minute multiple-choice tests in the subjects of economics, language and literature, music, science, art, mathematics, and social science.
In addition, each team member gives a prepared four-minute speech and a two-minute impromptu speech, participates in a seven-minute interview, and has 50 minutes in which to write an essay. Each team consists of three Honors students (GPA 3.75–4.0), three Scholastic students (GPA 3.00–3.74), and three Varsity students (GPA 0.0–2.99).
The competition culminates in a high-energy team event (the Super Quiz) that is open to the public. Individual and team award medals are presented at this 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.
Dozens of dedicated volunteers throughout the community serve as interview judges, speech judges, proctors, and various behind-the-scenes helpers to make this program a success.
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