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Latest News

2017–18 Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Information 

USAD is excited to announce that the 2017–2018 curricular topic will be Africa! Learn more here.

Information on the 2017-18 Academic Decathlon® curriculum will be released as follows:

March 1 – The overall theme and general topics for the 2017–18 Academic Decathlon® will be posted on the USAD website and emailed to State Directors for distribution to teams.
May 1 – The complete outline of topics for each subject area will be posted on the USAD website and emailed to State Directors for distribution to teams.
May 15 – The curriculum materials (Resource Guides, Study Guide, etc.) will begin shipping to teams.

The 2017 Nationals February Packet is here!

Nationals 2017 Important Information

This year the essay and art events will take place online prior to the competition April 20-22 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The essay test will be held April 6, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight time with the art test immediately following the essay.  You will need to reserve a computer lab at your school, library or other venue.  An administrator (not the team coach) will need to oversee the online competition.  All students MUST participate on this day. All teams are required to participate in a practice set-up that will be available from 12:30 pm CDT on March 30, 2017 through 5:00 pm CDT on April 4, 2017.

Practice Essay and Art: March 30, 2017-April 4, 2017   12:30 pm
Essay and Art: April 6, 2017  |   Remaining Objective Tests: April 21, 2017

Note: New Speech event format for 2017 Nationals.

Teams that will be attending the USAD Nationals April 20-22, 2017, must submit the official transcripts  (stamped by the school, signed by the registrar and sealed)  with a date that is NO earlier than January 1, 2017.

To learn more about USAD:

Parents and Students
Schools and Teachers



United States Academic Decathlon®

The United States Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students (3.750 - 4.00 GPA), 3 "B" or Scholastic students (3.00 - 3.749 GPA), and 3 "C or below" Varsity students (0.00 - 2.999 GPA).

The theme for the 2016–2017 Academic Decathlon® is World War II. 

USAD Academic Pentathlon

Get ready for the Decathlon: the rapidly-growing Pentathlon program allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon® ahead of schedule.

The Pentathlon is comprised of five academic events: Literature, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Order the only USAD authorized 2016-17 Pentathlon materials for the same fee as last year!

Click here for more information.

USAD Individual Competition

The United States Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition has been created to help individuals achieve their individual academic goals.

Home school students, alternative school students, team alternates, and Academic Decathlon® team members, this competition is for you!

USAD International Competition

USAD continues to recruit new schools for the International Competition. All English speaking International Schools are encouraged to participate. Teams for the International Academic Decathlon® are created in the same manner as for the Academic Decathlon®. Click here to find out how to get involved!

Check out our video from the 2017 International In-Country Competition!


Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.