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Latest News


Congratulations to our 2018 Nationals Logo Contest Winner Chelsea Liu from Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles, California!  Her creative design incorporates the 50th anniversary of Academic Decathlon®, Texas (the site of 2018 Nationals) and the curricular theme of Africa. Great job Chelsea, we look forward to incorporating your logo artwork into Nationals!

The USAD Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a Division IV to be added to the USAD face-to-face national competitions.  Each State that sends a State championship team to the national USAD face-to-face competition may also send a team that will compete in Division IV.  This team will be selected by each state. If the state does not have a state director this team will be selected by USAD staff. The criteria for selection will be that the team participating in Division IV will be from a different division than the state championship team unless there are no divisions in that state. The Division IV teams will only be eligible for individual medals.  All teams and individuals will be required to stay at the official hotels at the national USAD competition.  Division IV teams will also be validated by the same process used to verify and validate state championship teams. States who wish to send a team to participate in Division IV must notify USAD on or before November 15, 2017.
Notifications received after this date may not be honored.



USAD is excited about the film Spider-Man Homecoming, featuring Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-man, who is not only a web-slinging super hero, but also an Academic Decathlete!

2017–18 Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Information 

USAD is excited to announce that the 2017–2018 curricular topic will be Africa! Learn more here.

Information on the 2017-18 Academic Decathlon® curriculum will be released as follows:

March 1 – The overall theme and general topics for the 2017–18 Academic Decathlon® will be posted on the USAD website and emailed to State Directors for distribution to teams.
May 1 – The complete outline of topics for each subject area will be posted on the USAD website and emailed to State Directors for distribution to teams.
May 15 – The curriculum materials (Resource Guides, Study Guide, etc.) will begin shipping to teams.

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United States Academic Decathlon®

The United States Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students (3.750 - 4.00 GPA), 3 "B" or Scholastic students (3.00 - 3.749 GPA), and 3 "C or below" Varsity students (0.00 - 2.999 GPA).

The theme for the 2017–2018 Academic Decathlon® is Africa. 

USAD Academic Pentathlon

Get ready for the Decathlon: the rapidly-growing Pentathlon program allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon® ahead of schedule.

The Pentathlon is comprised of five academic events: Literature, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Order the only USAD authorized 2017-18 Pentathlon materials for the same fee as last year!

Click here for more information.

USAD Individual Competition

The United States Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition has been created to help individuals achieve their individual academic goals.

Home school students, alternative school students, team alternates, and Academic Decathlon® team members, this competition is for you!

USAD International Competition

USAD continues to recruit new schools for the International Competition. All English speaking International Schools are encouraged to participate. Teams for the International Academic Decathlon® are created in the same manner as for the Academic Decathlon®. Click here to find out how to get involved!

Check out our video from the 2017 International In-Country Competition!


Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.