Academic Decathlon

2020 Academic Decathlon San Diego County – SUHSD Open

Dr. Mary L. Lawlor
Phone: (619) 518-3025

The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition with nine-member high school teams from throughout the county. This year’s theme is In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Students complete seven written tests in the areas of science, literature, art, music, mathematics, economics and social science. They also write an essay, give both a prepared and impromptu speech and are interviewed. The culminating event is the Super Quiz competition. The winning team from San Diego County goes on to the California State competition whose winner goes to the National Competition. Top scoring students and teams receive medals in all categories tested. The dates for the Academic Decathlon events follow:

Schedule of Dates and Activities


November 14, 2019

Scrimmage schools’ participation and number of students to Mary Lawlor.


December 14, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Rancho Del Rey Middle School

Scrimmage at Rancho Del Rey Middle School – Multipurpose Room

Team Registration

January 16, 2020

Team registration fee of $355 covers the cost of all materials and awards.

The following are due:

Contact Mary Lawlor for additional information and registration materials. or visit the Student Support Services Office.

Email or deliver to Student Services c/o Elizabeth Hernandez.

Volunteer registration forms and final team changes are due by January 23, 2020.

Speech, Interview, Essay

January 25, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Otay Ranch High School

Essay, speech and interview competitions – all students complete essay in multi-purpose room. Speech and interview judges will be trained during the essay. Interview and speeches after essay in various classrooms.

Essay Scoring

January 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SUHSD Board Room
1130 Fifth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Written tests and Super Quiz

February 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Otay Ranch High School

Seven written tests and superquiz. Give all written tests in the multi-purpose room arena style (all at the same time) and then have superquiz as the grand finale.

Awards Ceremony

February 18, 2020
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Eastlake High School

Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center: reception and awards ceremony

State Competition

March 26-28, 2020
Sacramento, CA

National Competition

April 30 – May 2, 2020
Anchorage, Alaska