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Registration now open for the 2023-24 competition season!

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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

Massachusetts teams impress at USAD Nationals in Frisco, Texas!

Wellesley High School, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and Westwood High School all represented Massachusetts at the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Frisco, Texas, April 27-29, 2023.

Wellesley High School, the Massachusetts State Championship team, competed in Division II, finishing in 6th place and winning five medals.

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and Westwood High School both competed in Division IV, winning seven and five medals each, respectively.

All three teams competed in immensely competitive brackets and emerged with impressive medal counts.

Springfield International Charter School also represented Massachusetts in the online Small Schools competition and netted an additional medal!

See a full list of scholarship awards and medalists HERE!

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Competition Schedule

Date Competition Location
November 18, 2023 Round 1 TBD
February 3, 2024 Regionals Ashland High School
March 2, 2024 State Finals TBD
April 25-27, 2024 USAD Nationals Pittsburgh, PA


2023-24 Theme: Technology & Humanity

Technology & Humanity

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From the State Director's Desk

Two Thumbs Up - Eric Zhou, Aisha Chandraker, Jimmy Thai
Two thumbs up for our volunteers!
Chalkboard reading 'welcome'
Throwback to our 2020 State Finals!
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