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Rhode Island Academic Decathlon

Who We Are

Community, Corporate and School leaders founded the Rhode Island Academic Decathlon in 1983 to promote and celebrate academic excellence among high school students. We've hosted thirty-one state and two national competitions in the last 31 years. In 2016, 192 students on 17 teams vied for the honor of representing the Ocean State at the nationals.

The decathlon is open to all public, private and parochial schools. Rhode Island Academic Decathlon assists by underwriting a portion of the cost of study materials for all teams. We also fund part of the expense for the state champions to compete in the United States Academic Decathlon that is usually held in the third week of April.

Traditionally, the state decathlon is held in March. It is preceded by scrimmages that are conducted online. In addition to individual and team medals, with the assistance of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and many of the state’s institutions of higher learning, scholarships have been made available to senior gold medalists.

The Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is funded through a combination of corporate sponsorships, state grants and individual contributions. It shares office space with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership in Warwick and operates on an annual budget of about $60,000.

What We Do

The Academic Decathlon® is a team based competition wherein students match their intellect with students from other schools. Students compete in 10 categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech.