The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school Decathletes. The ten events include comprehensive written exams in: Art, Economics, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Science and Science.
In addition, Decathletes deliver both a prepared and impromptu speech, write an essay, and communicate through a conversational interview. Decathletes also participate in the culminating team event, open to the public, known as the Super Quiz.
The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) inaugurated the first Ventura County Regional Academic Decathlon in 1982 to promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork among Decathletes of all achievement levels and has continued to coordinate this competition on an annual basis. Ventura county regional teams have enjoyed tremendous success in the Academic Decathlon winning both state and national championships.
A particularly unique aspect of the Academic Decathlon format is that it is designed to include Decathletes from all academic backgrounds. A team consists of nine full-time Decathletes from the ninth through twelfth grades of the same high school. Each nine-member team is comprised of three Decathletes whose grade point average falls into the "A" category (Honor Decathletes), three Decathletes in the "B" category (Scholastic Decathletes), and three Decathletes in the "C" or below category (Varsity Decathletes). All Decathletes compete in all ten events. Decathletes in each category compete only against Decathletes in that category.
Fostering academic excellence is a cooperative education effort. Without the help and support of our sponsors, volunteers, parents, and teachers, this premier scholastic competition would not be such a great success.