What Makes the Academic Decathlon a Winning Program for Students?
Increases academic achievement
Improves study habits
Fosters teamwork in a learning environment
Levels the playing field for students with varying Grade Point Averages
Incorporates the arts
Develops leaders of the future
Promotes lifelong learning
In addition, the program...
Teaches real word skills, including:
Builds 21st century skills (4 C's), including:
Critical thinking and creativity
Character, grit, work ethic, and perseverance
Communication and collaboration
Initiative and self direction
Academic Decathlon Impact is Data-Driven!
In February 2017, 373 decathletes participated in a survey to gather information regarding the OCAD program's impact on increasing student engagement and developing 21st century skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and positive character traits. Below are some of the survey results.
Academic Decathlon is the ultimate college prep experience!
Student Success Stories
"OCAD has personally taught me the values of leadership, cooperation, and commitment. The competition provides a foundation upon which students are able to not only share academic achievement, but also transform teamwork into friendships and develop lifelong skills in public speaking and interviews." - Christina Nguyen, Harvard University
"Decathlon is unforgettable. It is so much more than an academic competition. It is understanding yourself as a person and in the eyes of others; it is those late nights with your team who eventually become your family; it is realizing you can do what you set out to do - together." - Khue Tran, University of California, San Diego
"OCAD changed my life. I began as troubled sophomore, and left as the Team Captain. I learned that, like OCAD, life is a series of tests and trials, and we must meet them not only with knowledge and understanding, but with commitment. It's not only the score on the paper that matters, it is how much we grow and the things we learn about ourselves by rising up to the challenges." - Eric Post, College of William & Mary