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What is Arizona Academic Decathlon?

Arizona Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Each high school enters a team of nine students, 3 Honor ("A") students, 3 Scholastic ("B") students, and 3 Varsity ("C") students.

Nearly 100 teams compete in Arizona Academic Decathlon competitions every year. Participating schools are urban, suburban, rural; public, private, and charter. The winning Arizona team consistently places in the top 5 at the United States Academic Decathlon competition each year.

"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

Calendar of Events


April 27, 2013
Red Mountain placed 5th in Division I and 6th overall in the nation with a score of 52,627. The National competition for the first time allowed each state to send a Wild card team to the competition. Canyon del Oro was the wild card team for Arizona and they placed 2nd in Division II and 9th overall in the nation with a score of 48,651. Additionally, St. Johns and Kingman earned numerous medals in the small school and medium school online competitions.

April 1, 2013
The State Champion team from Red Mountain High School will advance to the USAD National Competition in Minneapolis on April 25-27, and will be accompanied by Canyon del Oro competing as a wildcard team. The medium and small school teams will compete in an online competition. The medium school team is the 3A winning school Kingman Academy of Learning, and the small school winning team is the highest scoring 1A/2A school, St. Johns High School.

March 9, 2013
The 2013 state competition was held at ASU West on March 8 and 9, 2013. Red Mountain High School from Mesa took the state championship with 48,409 points. Rookie of the Year Trophy was awarded to Bioscience and the Most Improved Trophy was awarded to Prescott High.