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Academic Decathlon

2021-2022 Academic Decathlon Theme - Water: A Most Essential Resource

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The Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) invites public and private high school students to compete in a series of academic tests and demonstrations.

The OCAD program is uniquely designed to engage and challenge students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Teams of students prepare for a competition of academic strength, focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.  

Our mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.

The program supports achievement of the following California Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) priorities:

Positive Student Outcomes

Survey results from students who participated in the 2021-2022 Academic Decathlon:

  • 87% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 95% reported improved skills in communication
  • 85% reported improved skills in team-work
  • 89% reported development of stronger character traits

Engagement

The program encourages active involvement and collaboration of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

  • 94% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
  • 83% reported that the program helped them become more connected at their school​​

Click here for the full summary o​f our 202​1-2022 survey

For more information, contact Stephanie Thomas at 714-966-4316 or sthomas@ocde.us

The Academic Decathlon is sponsored by the O​range County Academic Decathlon Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and is coordinated by the Orange County Department of Education. ​​