Academic Decathlon 2011-12 Season Kicks Off  

Volunteers needed to supervise, facilitate or judge competitions

January 09, 2012

The United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is an annual, nationwide competition for high school students that promotes academic excellence by improving students' study habits, time management and communication skills. . Through the Office of College and Career Preparation, Chicago Public Schools participates in USAD by organizing two citywide competitions, after which the winning teams advance to the State and National competitions.


The topic for the upcoming 2011-2012 Decathlon season is The Age of Empire. Approximately 50 CPS high schools and 500 students will compete. Teams are composed of nine students, which include three Honor, Scholastic and Varsity students each. The competition will cover the following areas:


  • Art
  • Economics
  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Super Quiz—Written
  • Super Quiz—Oral Relay


Twenty CPS high schools advance to compete in the citywide tournament. Teams advancing to the citywide championship also will compete in Speech, Interview, and Essay.


The top eight teams in the Citywide Tournament continue on to the State Competition. CPS has sent a team to Nationals for 13 consecutive years. Last year, Whitney Young placed 4th in the nation where they also had a perfect score on the Math test.


Following is a schedule of the competitions:


Objective Tests at Chicago Vocational Career Academy
Saturday, January 28, 2012
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Speech, Interview & Essay
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy
Thursday, February 2, 2012
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Objective Tests
Whitney Young Magnet School
Saturday, February 4, 2012
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Volunteers needed:Help students experience the satisfaction of academic accomplishment.


The CPS Academic Decathlon teams would greatly appreciate everyone's support by volunteering to supervise, facilitate or judge during competitions. By volunteering, you'll have the chance to:


  • Interact with thoughtful and engaged students from a range of Chicago Public Schools.
  • Get involved in a program that builds decathletes’ motivation, leadership and confidence to help them succeed in the classroom and in life.
  • Support participating schools, coaches and decathletes from diverse neighborhoods and schools.
  • Gain insight on what students are doing outside of the classroom setting.
  • Network with over 300 volunteers during weekend competition and 100 volunteers during weekday competition.


If interested in volunteering, please contact Gordaki Moore at or fax at 773-553-2148. For more information or questions about this year’s competitions, please contact Sylvia Nelson Jordan at or 773-553-5142