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Merced County Academic Decathlon






Celebrating its 43rd year in Merced County, the Academic Decathlon pits ​​area high schools against each other in a contest of academics. Students compete in the areas of art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and science. Students also participate in communication events to showcase their Speech, Interview and Essay skills. 


The Academic Decathlon is open to students in grades 9-12.  A team consists of 9 members made up of 3 honor students, 3 scholastic students and 3 varsity students in accordance with the required grade point averages as indicated.  Alternates can compete individually in 8 events at an additional cost.​


The 2023-2024 Theme is "Technology and Humanity".

Volunteers Needed - Sign up here!


2023-2024 Timeline

MCAD Intent Due: Friday, November 3, 2023

CAD Registration: Friday, November 17, 2023

Fees and Team Paperwork Due for Essay and Scrimmage: Friday, November 17, 2023


Round 1 - Scrimmage (Optional)

MCAD Scrimmage - Saturday, December 2, 2023

CAD Scrimmage - Saturday, November 4, 2023 (school pays CAD directly - $9 each)


Round 2 - County/Regional

Essay: Thursday, December 7, 2023 (Online)

Final Team List and Paperwork Due: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Objective Testing: Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (Online)

Speech/Interview/SQ/Awards: February 3, 2024 (In-Person)


Round 3 - State Competition (Winning Team)

Essay: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (Online)

Objective Testing: Friday, March 22, 2024 (In-Person)

Speech/Interview/SQ: Saturday, March 23, 2024 (In-Person)

Award Ceremony: Sunday, March 24, 2024 (In-Person)

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