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Registration for the 2020-21 Academic Decathlon season is now live!

Click HERE to register your team!

testing Ashland team photo at Nationals 2018! 2008 Super Quiz Quincy winning 2nd place in Large Schools at 2018 States! 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

Latest News

The 2020-21 Season Begins!

The 2020-21 Academic Decathlon season has officially started!

For this season, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of our competitions, including Nationals, will be held online.

However, USAD is developing a platform for students to be able to deliver their speeches and conduct interviews, so the Regionals and States events will continue to with 10 events (though without Super Quiz).

Students and teams will still have the opportunity to win ribbons, medals and trophies!

Coaches can register their teams for the year HERE.

Judges can sign up for Speech & Interview at Regionals and States (all online) HERE!

Contact Us

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Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 21, 2020 Round 1 Online
February 6, 2021 Regionals Online
March 6, 2021 State Finals Online
April 29-May 1, 2021 USAD Nationals Online


2020-21 Theme: The Cold War

The Cold War

Click HERE to order next year's curriculum!

From the State Director's Desk

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