Tulare County Academic Decathlon
Academic Decathlon banner of dates with logos
Mission Statement

The Tulare County Academic Decathlon acknowledges, encourages, and rewards academic excellence by preparing and motivating high school students to achieve through scholastic competition.
 
What is the Academic Decathlon program?
 
The Academic Decathlon is a student competition in which 9th- through 12th-grade high school students compete as individuals and as team members in a series of 10 academic tests and demonstrations. Students take seven 30-minute, multiple choice tests in the subjects of art, economics, music, language and literature, mathematics, science, and social science. Students will also have 50 minutes to write an essay on one of three given prompts. In addition to the tests and essay, each student will give two speeches and participate in a seven-minute interview. "The Academic Decathlon embodies a partnership of business, foundations, and individuals in cooperation with the education community and county offices of education." (California Academic Decathlon)
 
Who may compete in the Academic Decathlon?
 
California counties hold local Academic Decathlon competitions for the high schools in their county/region. The winning team from each county is then eligible to compete in the California State Finals, along with "invited teams" with the next highest scores in the state. A total of 60 teams participate in the State Finals.
 
What comprises a team?
 
A team consists of nine full-time students in 9th through 12th grades from the same school. The nine-member team is comprised of three Varsity, three Scholastic, and three Honor students as indicated by the following categories:
 
Category GPA 
Honor 3.80 & above 
Scholastic 3.20 - 3.799 
Varsity 3.199 & below 
 
A student may compete in a higher division than their own GPA, but not in a lower division; i.e., a Scholastic student may compete as an Honor student, but not as a Varsity student.
 
Who may attend Academic Decathlon?
 
Only high school teams may attend the test-taking portion of the Academic Decathlon. The Super Quiz competition and Awards Ceremony are open to the public.
 
When will the State Finals be held?
 
The California Academic Decathlon (CAD) State Finals will be held in Sacramento in 2023. Visit the  CAD website for a schedule.
Event Details

Scrimmage
November 17, 2022

Day 1 – Online Essays
January 26, 2023
 
Day 2 – Speech & Interview Competition
January 28, 2023

Day 3 – Online Objective Tests
January 30-31 and February 1, 2023

Day 4 –SuperQuiz & Awards
February 4, 2023
 
Registration

Due October 7, 2022

Due October 19, 2022

Due December 16, 2022

Media Release


Event Contacts:
 
Paula Terrill
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-0565
 
Jenean Bray
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist- ELA/ELD