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National Essay and Art Testing Dates:
The National essay and art events will take place online prior to the Virtual Nationals taking place April 21 – April 23, 2022.  The essay test will be held March 31, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight time with the art test immediately following the essay. All students MUST participate on this day. All teams are required to participate in a practice set-up that will be available from 12:30 pm CDT on March 24, 2022  through 5:00 pm CDT on March 30, 2022.    
Practice Essay and Art: March 24, 2022-March 30, 2022  12:30 pm  
Essay and Art: March 31, 2022  |   Remaining Objective Tests: April 22, 2022 

Nationals 2022
The United States Academic Decathlon Board of Directors unanimously voted for the 2022 USAD and USAP Nationals to be held virtually. The decision was based on the health and safety for all of our student participants based on the new CDC and State Covid restrictions, regulations and guidelines. With consideration that many of our participants will be unable to cross borders to participate in nationals.

Eligibility Guidelines
The eligibility guidelines and GPA calculation forms have been updated for the 2021-22 season and can be found under the "Coaches" link:  https://usad.org/Coaches/GPA.aspx

The outlines for the 2021-2022 Academic Decathlon curriculum have been posted!


Check out the video from the 2019 USAD Nationals in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Check out the video from 2019 USAP Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.




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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 Honor students (3.80 - 4.00 GPA), 3 Scholastic students (3.20 - 3.799 GPA), and 3 Varsity students (0.00 - 3.199 GPA).

The theme for the 2021–2022 Academic Decathlon is Water: A Most Essential Resource.

United States 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.

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

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!