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Thank you to all of our coaches, students, and volunteers for an awesome 2016-17 season!

Best of luck to 2017 state champions Acton-Boxborough Regional at nationals in April!

testing Avon student interview 2008 Super Quiz Quincy High School 2015 2013 State Interview at St. John's 2013 State Super Quiz at St. John's Tewksbury High School 2015 Avon High School 2014

What is Academic Decathlon?

Massachusetts Academic Decathlon is an academic competition in which teams of 9 high school students battle in 10 different events:

  • 7 objective tests based on a college-level, academically rigorous curriculum linked by a common theme
  • 3 subjective events that challenge us to develop, connect, and communicate ideas and personal experiences under pressure
  • one high-pressure, high-stakes Super Quiz relay open to the public
Along this epic adventure, beginning when the new theme is released in May and continuing until the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals the following April, students from all academic backgrounds have the opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves, to discover and embrace the thrill of learning and academic exploration that soon turns into a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and to gain the skills and build the relationships that no classroom experience could ever hope to match.

It's about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It's about the people you'll meet along the way -- the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.

Dr. Les Martisko

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2017 State Results

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, over 130 students from the top 16 high schools across the state competed in the 34th Massachusetts Academic Decathlon state finals at MIT.

Wellesley, Franklin, and North Quincy were the top-three scoring large schools, while Austin Prep, Avon, and Ashland rounded out the top 3 for the Small School Division. Acton-Boxborough Regional won the Henry J. Lukas Award for the overall highest-scoring school with a score of 44,879.3 and will be representing Massachusetts at the national competition in April.

Students Testing at 2017 State Finals 2017 Acton-Boxborough Team 2017 Wellesley Team

Full scores and awards can be found here.

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Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 19, 2016 Round 1 Franklin HS
February 4, 2017 Regionals Quincy HS
February 11, 2017 Ray Landry Invitational North Reading HS
March 4, 2017 State Finals MIT
April 20-22, 2017 USAD Nationals Madison, Wisconsin


2016-17 Theme: World War II


Click HERE for the latest curriculum information.

From the State Director's Desk

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Two thumbs up for our volunteers!
A quick smile for the camera before the Art test begins.
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