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Butte County Office of Education

Butte County Office of Education

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Butte County Academic Decathlon acknowledges, encourages, and rewards academic excellence by preparing and motivating high school students to achieve through scholastic competition.
What is the Academic Decathlon program?
The Academic Decathlon is a student competition in which 9th- through 12th-grade high school students compete as individuals and as team members in a series of 10 academic tests and demonstrations. Students take seven 30-minute, multiple choice tests in the subjects of art, economics, music, language and literature, mathematics, science, and social science. Students will also have 50 minutes to write an essay on one of three given prompts. In addition to the tests and essay, each student will give two speeches and participate in a seven-minute interview. "The Academic Decathlon embodies a partnership of business, foundations, and individuals in cooperation with the education community and county offices of education." (California Academic Decathlon)
Who may compete in the Academic Decathlon?
California counties hold local Academic Decathlon competitions for the high schools in their county/region. The winning team from each county is then eligible to compete in the California State Finals, along with "invited teams" with the next highest scores in the state. A total of 60 teams participate in the State Finals.
What comprises a team?
A team consists of nine full-time students in 9th through 12th grades from the same school. The nine-member team is comprised of three Varsity, three Scholastic, and three Honor students as indicated by the following categories:
3.80 & above 
3.20 - 3.799 
3.199 & below 
A student may compete in a higher division than their own GPA, but not in a lower division; i.e., a Scholastic student may compete as an Honor student, but not as a Varsity student.
Who may attend Academic Decathlon?
Only high school teams may attend the test-taking portion of the Academic Decathlon. The Super Quiz competition and Awards Ceremony are open to the public.
When will the State Finals be held?
The California Academic Decathlon (CAD) State Finals will be held in Santa Clara in March 2025. Visit the CAD website for a schedule.
2024-2025 Event Details

2024-2025 Event Details

Online Essays
January 16-17, 2025
Location: School Sites
Online Objective Tests
January 17, 2025
Location: School Sites
Speech, Interview, SuperQuiz, and Awards
February 1, 2025
Butte County Office of Education
1859 Bird St., Oroville, CA 95965
California Academic Decathlon 
March 2025


School Registration
Due September 15, 2024
Team Registration
Due December 4, 2024
Transcripts and Team Roster 
Due December 4, 2024
California Academic Decathlon Logo


For additional information about the Butte County Academic Decathlon contact: Mary Ellen Garrahy
Previous Year's Highlights

Previous Year's Highlights

Las Plumas High School Academic Decathlon, Winning team photo
2022-2023 Champoin Team (LPHS): Jaydon Grubbs, Quade Lobo, Bryken Bill, Cayden Hughart, Mylo Spangler, Jett Doyle, Jackson Alexander, Ayvin Hamrell, Lauren Hemberry, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Jamieson Sparkman, Yamahni Duncan, Isabella Morgado, Bailey Rojas.
Overall 2022-2023 Top Scoring Students by Event:
Economics:  Andrew Ma, PVHS
Literature: Jamieson Sparkman, LPHS
Essay: Mylo Spangler, LPHS
Speech: Snow Harkey, PVHS
Interview:  Cameron Knauss, Paradise High School
Social Science: Lauren Hemberry, LPHS
Science: Oliver Carmack, PVHS
Art:  Chloe Foor, Paradise High School
Music: Oliver Carmack, PVHS and Andrew Ma, PVHS
Math:  Andrew Ma, PVHS and Lauren Hemberry, LPHS
2022-2023 STate Competition Results

2022-2023 STate Competition Results

State academic decathlon roster