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What is the Academic Decathlon?
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is an academic competition designed for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events that take place within the one-day competition. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The other eight events are individual events including Religion, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. The ten team members work together on both the Logic Quiz and the Super Quiz. There are eight team members who also take individual tests and two team members designated as the Members at Large who only compete in the team events. There will also be a set of alternates who will prepare for the competition as well.
The Academic Junior High Decathlon (AJHD) Mission As Catholic school educators, we affirm that each young person entrusted to our care has been endowed by God with marvelous intellectual gifts and talents. The California Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon (or AJHD) strives to bring forth some of those academic talents and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition.
The five goals of the Decathlon are:
- to promote academic excellence
- to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
- to promote logical and higher-order thinking
- to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and
business and community members in supporting high standards for all students
- to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools