Academic Decathlon

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El Dorado County Academic Decathlon Competition

About the Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon provides academic competitions which promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork.  The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics Decathlon, designed to stimulate academic achievement and honor "athletes of the mind". The competition provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem.

A unique aspect of the Academic Decathlon is that it is designed to include students of all academic abilities and achievement levels.  Comprehensive high schools on the Western Slope of El Dorado County field teams of nine competitors. Each team consists of three “A”, three “B”, and three “C or below” students. Each team member competes against other students in his/her division in ten events: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language/Literature, Math, Music, Science, Speech, and SuperQuiz. Overall team scores are calculated using the top two individual scores from each division.

Winning students receive medals – gold, silver and bronze. The winning team from our county competition travels to state competition. Teams who win state competitions go on to compete at the national level.

Funding for the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon comes from community sponsors and from the general fund of El Dorado Union High School District. The El Dorado County Office of Education funds a part-time administrative assistant.

Our county program has been successful for over 30 years due, in part, to the efforts of over 150 volunteers serving in various capacities: speech and interview judges, testing proctors, computer programmer, registrar or master of ceremonies. Contributions of time or any dollar amount are gratefully accepted. For more information regarding the Academic Decathlon, call the Communications office at 530-295-2411.

Important Dates



November 27, 2018

EDC Regional Scrimmage – Union Mine HS, 3:30 p.m.

December 1, 2018

Capital Region Scrimmage – Bella Vista High School | Registration Information

December 14, 2018

Due: Registration forms, GPA calculations, transcripts, Essay Proctor name & email (email to Paula Sordello), online registration of decathletes by Coaches (link to be provided)

January 11, 2019

Hard Deadline: Final date for Coaches to make roster changes in the online portal. (Beyond our control to make last-minute changes.)

January 15, 2019

Essay Proctors receive log-in and password information via email; Coaches cc’d for practice test/decathlete log-in.

January 17-22, 2019

Coaches organize Online Essay Practice Test during this time-frame. (Proctors need not be present, however may attend practice if desired.) It is strongly recommended to practice in the same location using the same computers. Have all decathletes log in with provided user name and password and complete short essay prompt (approx. 10 minute).

January 24, 2019

Online Essay Competition - Proctors lead at designated time/place for school/team. Window 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Only Proctor and decathletes allowed in the room, no coaches.)

January 30, 2019

Union Mine –  Speech & Interview Competition - 1:45-5:30 p.m.

February 2, 2019

Union Mine – Objective Tests, Lunch, Super Quiz, and Awards - 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Additional Resources

School Registration

US Academic Decathlon Curriculum Guidelines

US Academic Decathlon Curriculum Standards

California Academic Decathlon Dates of Interest