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The Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) invites public and private high school students to compete in a series of academic tests and demonstrations.

Our mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.

The OCAD program is uniquely designed to engage and challenge students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Teams of students prepare for a competition of academic strength, focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.  

The program supports achievement of the following California Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) priorities:

Pupil Outcomes

Survey results from students who participated in the 2015-16 Academic Decathlon:

  • 88% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 95% reported improved skills in communication
  • 94% reported improved skills in team-work
  • 91% reported development of stronger character traits


The program encourages active involvement and collaboration of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

  • 92% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
  • 90% reported that the program helped them become more involved at school


California Academic Decathlon 2014 Promotional Video

For more information, contact Kristin Rigby at 714-966-4435 or

The Academic Decathlon is sponsored by the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and is coordinated by the Orange County Department of Education.