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Academic Decathlon

Purpose:  The purpose of the United States Academic Decathlon is to promote learning and academic excellence through academic competitions.  Bellevue East has an Academic Decathlon class that trains our school's competition team.  The class is a social studies class taught by Mr. Simmons, who also teaches American Government, Philosophy, and Economics.


Teams:  Teams consist of students from the 9th through 12th grades.  Each team has an even number of Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity students.

Honor:  A students

Scholastic:  B students

Varsity:  C and below students


Subject Areas:  Academic Decathlon covers material in a wide range of subject areas, including Art, Economics, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Super Quiz, Interview (state level only), Essay (state level only), and Speech (state level only).


Each year is a new experience!  Every year the curriculum changes to keep the competition fresh and interesting.  It is possible to take Academic Decathlon more than one time.  If you are looking for an academic challenge, this class will provide one for you.


The CompetitionThere are several competitions during the year.  The first two are scrimmages (Fall Semester).  Every student in the class can compete in these scrimmages if they want to, regardless of their GPA.  Students win medals in each subject and in the three GPA levels: Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity.

The team needs students from all academic backgrounds.  Academic Decathlon is not just for the students with the highest GPAs.  Some of our best past competitors had a 3 GPA.

The major regional competition is in January.  Only those students on the Academic Decathlon Team can compete at Regionals.  If they do well, the team goes to State!

Competitions are challenging, but fun.  Students who prepare for Academic Decathlon will learn incredible amounts of new information, more than in any other high school class.

Students can also earn a letter in Academic Decathlon!


Sponsor: Mr. Simmons   E-Mail:  p.simmons@bpsne.net

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