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Academic Decathlon

​​​​2023-2024 Academic Decathlon Theme - Technology and Humanity




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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 2022-2023 Academic Decathlon:

  • 83% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 92% reported improved skills in communication
  • 83% reported improved skills in team-work
  • 84% reported development of stronger character traits


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

  • 92% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
  • 78% reported that the program helped them become more connected at their school​​

Click here for the full summa​ry o​f our 202​2-2023 survey​​​

​For more information, contact Kristin Rigby at 714-966-4435 or

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. ​​