What is Academic Decathlon?

The GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon is a statewide all-academic competition for high school students. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation staffed by volunteers.

Our Mission

The GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon’s mission is to promote and reward academic achievement for high school students by emphasizing the value of academic excellence and personal self-worth for every participant, and to foster fair and challenging local and state team competitions.

The Alaska Academic Decathlon is a Pick.Click.Give charity.  Your donations help support our mission and the many Alaskan students who participate in the Academic Decathlon events.  Thank you for considering a donation.  Visit https://pfd.alaska.gov/ and click the PICK.CLICK.GIVE. icon to donate to the Alaska Academic Decathlon!

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The Academic Decathlon

  • Is the only academic competition that covers a wide range of subjects, disciplines and skills
  • Develops knowledge-based skills that train students to become a part of the academic or business communities
  • Challenges students to push themselves beyond what they think is possible
  • Motivates and recaptures students’ interest in academics
  • Rewards heroes of the academic arena
  • Encourages “C” students to excel beyond their current level and teaches other students that they have strengths that contribute to the team
  • Is conducted in 41 states and three countries, involving more than 35,000 students
  • Represents all that is positive about our young people
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About the Curriculum

The Academic Decathlon Study Guide is developed by national experts, based on an annual theme with relevant, current and challenging topics. Academic Decathlon subjects include art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science or social science, and speech. The Team Super Quiz event, based on the theme and covering all major subject areas, is the highlight of the competition where teams compete to answer questions correctly before an audience.

Selecting Teams

9th – 12th grade students in public and private schools in Alaska compete on teams comprised of a combination of three Honors students (3.75 – 4.0 GPA), three Scholastic students (3.0 – 3.74 GPA) and three Varsity students (0 – 2.99 GPA).

Varsity and Scholastic students are allowed to compete in the Honors or Scholastic division, but Honors and Scholastic students cannot participate in divisions lower than their grade point averages. This levels the playing field across Alaska and the U.S.

Schools too small to support a nine-member team are allowed to form a team with students at other schools in their district as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

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More than $200k in Scholarships!

$8,000 in cash scholarships and prizes is awarded each year to the top three students overall in each division of the competition. To date, more than $200,000 has been made available to Academic Decathletes in Alaska.

Scholarships are presented each year at the Academic Decathlon from institutions such as University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Juneau, Alaska Pacific University and more.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented to individual event winners. Trophies are presented to the three highest scoring teams in the small, medium and large schools categories, and the top three overall winning teams.

Plaques are presented to each of the top three winners of the Super Quiz.

The highest scoring team represents Alaska at the United States Academic Decathlon in the Lower 48.

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