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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

Wellesley High School Wins State Finals!

The 37th annual Massachusetts Academic Decathlon State Finals has concluded, with Wellesley High School emerging victorious for the first time in school history!

Wellesley earned 1st place with 40,339.6 points and will represent Massachusetts at the National Finals April 29-May 1.

2nd-place finishers and 28-time State Champions Acton-Boxborough Regional High School will also compete at Nationals as the Division IV representative.

Wellesley High School Decathlete Benjamin Workman finished first in the state and set a new all-time Massachusetts score record of 9,270.7 points. He unseated the previous record-holder, Weymouth High School's Christopher Lamie, who in 2000 scored 9,204 points. Only three students in Massachusetts Academic Decathlon history have broken the 9,000 point threshold.

Medals, ribbons, and trophies will be sent out to teams in the coming months.

See final results and download full scores HERE!

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you! Connect with us through social media, or send us your questions, comments, and ideas at info@massdecathlon.org

Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 20, 2021 Round 1 Online
February 5, 2022 Regionals TBD
March 5, 2022 State Finals TBD
April 21-23, 2022 USAD Nationals Online

Curriculum

2021-22 Theme: Water

Water

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From the State Director's Desk

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Two thumbs up for our volunteers!
Chalkboard reading 'welcome'
Throwback to our most recent in-person State Finals!
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