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The Arizona Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. Just like its ancient Greek counterpart, the Academic Decathlon® consists of ten events; success doesn’t come from being the best in a single event, it comes from mastering ten varied skills and disciplines.

Every Academic Decathlon competition, whether it’s a regional, state or national final follows the same format. Students compete in art, economics, essay, interview, language & literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and speech. And teams compete in Super Quiz, the public quiz-show-style culmination of each competition. Each school enters a team of nine decathletes: three Honor students, three Scholastic students, and three Varsity students.


Nearly 200 volunteers are needed to make each competition a success. Volunteers are trained prior to the competition, but training materials are also provided in advance. Each coach expands our philosophy of encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding academic endeavor, fostering the all-important team concept in their school.

Sponsors also play a vital role in the ongoing success of the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA). We are funded entirely by corporate, foundation, and personal donations and are grateful for our sponsors’ support in continuing this program for Arizona students.

A Welcome from our National Administrator

Academic Decathlon® is 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, United States Academic Decathlon Administrator

Changing Climate

2024-2025 THEME

The United States Academic Decathlon’s curriculum is an interdisciplinary curriculum in which a selected theme is integrated across six different subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science.  Students also study mathematics and participate in essay-writing, speech and interview events. The 2024-2025 theme is “Our Changing Climate.”

september 2024

13sepAll DayCoaches' Clinic 2024Event Type Coaches Clinics

27sepAll DayTeam RegistrationEvent Type Deadlines

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november 2024

15novAll DayStudent Registration FormsEvent Type Deadlines

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2024 National Competition Results
The USAD National competition took place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on April 25-27. Our state champion, Hamilton, placed 5th in their division (I) and 8th overall in the nation with a score of 41,539. Team members: Chloe Zhan, Andy Ma, Claire Zhan, Arun Chebrolu, Audrey Zhang, Srijay Kalavena, Bruce Shen, and Thi Nguyen; Coaches: Yi Lily [...]
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2024 Arizona State Competition Results
The 40th annual state competition was held at Phoenix College on March 8-9, 2024. Forty teams from across Arizona qualified for the competition. Congratulations to all of the decathletes competing! Results Hamilton - 45,455 Mountain View (Mesa) - 44,208 BASIS Chandler - 42,810 Walden Grove - 42,312 Arizona College Prep - 40,751 Canyon del Oro [...]
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2024 Arizona Regional Competition Results
We would like to thank the regional coordinators and chairs for all of the time and effort they put into a great set of competitions. Congratulations to all of the decathletes competing! Results Region I - Show Low (Jerry Butler)  1st: Show Low - 29,049 2nd: Snowflake - 28,317 3rd: St. Johns - 27,016 4th: [...]
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