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THE 2021/2022 BUTTE COUNTY ACADEMIC DECATHLON WILL BE HELD:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
BUTTE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, OROVILLE
WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC DECATHLON PROGRAM?
The Academic Decathlon is a student competition in which ninth through twelfth 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 & 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 7-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 will participate in the State Finals.
WHAT COMPRISES A TEAM?
A team consists of nine full-time students in ninth through twelfth 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:
|Honor||3.8 to 4.0|
|Scholastic||3.2 to 3.799|
|Varsity||0.0 to 3.199|
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.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Practice Test Windows: To ensure that your team members are registered and know what to expect before the actual competition, your students will be able to log online to their USAD account and practice the following events at anytime during these time windows:
Practice Essay: 1/11-1/14
Practice Objective Tests: 1/19-1/25
BUTTE COUNTY COMPETITION DATES
Butte County Academic Decathlon Essay (Online) Jan 21st ONLINE FROM SCHOOL SITE (anyime before, during or after school on this date as long as team take it all together at the same time)
BUTTE COUNTY ACADEMIC DECATHLON OBJECTIVE TESTING
(ONLINE AT DESIGNATED TIMES FROM SCHOOL SITE--Either you or someone else must proctor these exams)
Friday, January 28th 8:30am-3:30pm (exact schedule TBA)
WHEN WILL THE COUNTY FINALS BE HELD?
The Butte County Office of Education will host the Butte County Academic Decathlon on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 8am-3:30pm (In person). High school students, teachers, and community volunteers will gather at Butte County Office of Education in Oroville for this event.
WHEN WILL THE STATE FINALS BE HELD?
The California Academic Decathlon (CAD) State Finals will be held virtually from Sacramento in March. Visit the CAD website for a schedule.
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Additional information about the Butte County Academic Decathlon is available by e-mailing or calling Mary Ellen Garrahy: (530)532-5647