Academic Decathlon

2021 Virtual 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 The Cold War. 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



December 5, 2020

Team Registration

January 14, 2021

The following are due:

Final Team Changes and Volunteer email addresses due by January 21, 2021.

Speech, Interview, Essay

January 30, 2021


Written tests and Super Quiz

February 6, 2021

Awards Ceremony

February 18, 2021

State Competition

March 25-28, 2021

National Competition

April 29 – May 1, 2021