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The Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon has become a showcase for achievement in the community


Academic Decathlon


  • To encourage students to develop a greater respect for knowledge
  • To promote wholesome inter-school competition in academic areas of study and interest
  • To stimulate intellectual growth and achievement
  • To encourage public interest and awareness of outstanding programs in American schools

2017-18 Key Dates

October 12 Submit Academic Decathlon Participation Form, scrimmage commitment form and team scoring report (roster)
November 4 Scrimmage: six (6) selected sites (SAT date!!  Tell your Decathletes not to sign-up for this date)
December 7 Submit the official Academic Decathlon team roster and supporting documents
January 2018 Competition information packets emailed to Coaches
January 27 Academic Decathlon Competition--Day 1 (Speech, Interview, Essay) Site:  Roybal Learning Center
February 3

Academic Decathlon Competition--Day 2 (Seven objective exams + Oral  Super Quiz) Site: Roybal Learning Center

February 9 (tentative) Awards Ceremony—Hollywood High, 6:30-8:30 PM
March 22-25 California Academic Decathlon Finals- Sacramento  
April 19-21 United States Academic Decathlon Finals— Frisco, TX

Join the fun!

The Los Angeles Unified School District will conduct the Thirty-seventh Annual Academic Decathlon as a two-day event on Saturday, January 27, and Saturday, February 3, 2018. Also, a practice scrimmage will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, which is optional for schools. Each high school is eligible to sponsor a nine member team of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to compete in the Decathlon. Please complete and return the form below by October 12, 2017, to register for the competition.

Participation From

We Need Volunteers!

We need your help to support the upcoming competitions! Volunteers are needed. For a few hours on one day you can support student success and pride in academic achievements!

The Team

Each school is to have a team consisting of nine members, all of whom are to be full-time students (four or more classes) from the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and/or twelfth grades.  The members are to include three students from each of the categories listed below.


Grade Point Average


3.75  - 4.00


3.00  - 3.74


2.99  or below

For details see Attachment 2: 2017-2018 Academic Decathlon Selection Process


All nine team members will compete in all of the following academic events:

  • Objective tests: Art, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science
  • Essay, Speech, Interview
  • Super Quiz Relay

If a Decathlete does not compete in the essay, interview, and speech events on Day 1 of the competition, he/she will not be eligible to compete in the objective tests and Super Quiz on Day 2. The only exceptions will be granted for illness or family emergency. A written excuse from the parents/guardians and signed by the Coach will be required.


Granada Hills Academic Decathlon champs bask in hero’s welcome on campus
By Antonie Boessenkool, Los Angeles Daily News
The rest of the campus cheered the Granada Hills Charter High School’s Academic Decathlon team Monday, April 24, 2017, after their weekend win at the National Academic Decathlon competition in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) 
The victorious Academic Decathlon team from Granada Hills Charter High School got a hearty welcome home Monday morning, complete with bagpipes and cheerleaders, after snagging the national title for a third straight year in Madison, Wisconsin, last week.


Defending champ Granada Hills wins LAUSD academic decathlon 
Howard Blume I Allen J. Schaben 
Granada Hills Charter High School won the academic decathlon. District officials announced the results Friday night during a ceremony at Hollywood High. The winner of the 2017 academic decathlon has a familiar ring: Granada Hills Charter High School, which also is the defending national champion. 
District officials announced the results Friday night during a ceremony at Hollywood High.

Granada Hills again wins LAUSD Academic Decathlon championship
Granada Hills Charter High School won the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon for the sixth time in seven years, district officials announced Friday night, Feb. 10, 2017. 
HOLLYWOOD >> Granada Hills Charter High School has won the Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon for the sixth time in seven years, district officials announced.
Granada Hills scored 59,864.7 points out of a possible 60,000. Marshall was second with 58,882.5 and Franklin third with 57,769.9. The top three finishers were the same as in last year’s decathlon.
Seven other teams also qualified for the California Academic Decathlon, which will be held March 23-26 in Sacramento: El Camino Real Charter; Garfield; Grant; Palisades Charter; Van Nuys; Bell; and North Hollywood.

Marshall High wins Super Quiz of Academic Decathlon
Before a cheering throng at a local campus gymnasium, a team from Marshall High School on Saturday won the Super Quiz portion of the Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The overall winner will be announced Friday. 


Reigning Champs Keep Their Crown; Granada Hills Charter High School Wins 5th U.S. Academic Decathlon Title
Granada Hills claims fifth national title
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John Marshall High School Wins 2016 U.S. Academic Decathlon Online Competition
Marshall High School represented California in the Large Schools Division made up of nine schools.
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Defending national champion Granada Hills Charter High has been crowned L.A. Unified’s Academic Decathlon champion and will compete, along with a dozen other District schools, for the state title next month. <More of the story...