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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

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.

Aca Deca Alumni

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.