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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

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2021-2022 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 2021-2022 theme is “Water: A Most Essential Resource.”

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2019 State Champions
Hamilton High School took the 2019 State Championship trophy with a total of 47,544.7 points. Along with the first place trophy they won the Gold Super Quiz Trophy with a total of 34 points.  Canyon del Oro High School placed second and Westwood High School placed third.  In addition to Hamilton advancing to nationals in [...]
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2019 Region Results

The 2019 Region winners are: in Region I in first place St. Johns High School, in second place Show Low High School and Prescott High School placed third; in Region II Cesar Chavez High School took first place followed by Basis Peoria in second place, and South Mountain High School in third place; in Region […]

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2018 Large, Medium and Small School Winners

Arizona was represented by three additional teams this year in the USAD National competition.   The large, medium, and small school teams competed in an online competition. The large school was the second place team from Hamilton High School. The medium school team is the 3A winning school Seton Catholic High School a high score of […]

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