The United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is a program that provides high school students an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business/industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence. Long term relationships, developed through joint participation, benefit the students and the community.
The Academic Decathlon program was initiated in California in 1968. Texas became a USAD member in 1984 and won the national championship in Los Angeles with a team from J.J.Pearce High School, Richardson Independent School District. Pearce repeated as champions for the next two years. In the 16 years, Texas has participated in the competition; its teams have won 10 national championships, placed second four times and third twice.
Region and state contests are held for schools categorized as large, medium and small competing in events such as Speech, Essay, Interview, Social Studies, Science, Economics, Math, Language/Literature, Art and Music. Based on a point system, the highest scoring team represents the state at the national USAD competition. All members of the winning team receive scholarships.
The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students of three academic levels. Each nine-member team consists of three "A" students, three "B" students and three "C" students. The Academic Decathlon is the only competition to award "C" students scholarships!
Texas Academic Decathlon claims 11 national championship titles, five second-place honors and four third-place awards and one fifth-place in 21 years of competition at the United States Academic Decathlon meets.
Take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of $150,000 in scholarships that are awarded each year to Academic Decathlon competitors in Texas, more than any other state in the nation. Participation in these events enhances your education resume and scholarship opportunities.