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:
Survey results from students who participated in the 2016-17 Academic Decathlon:
83% reported improved skills in critical thinking
92% reported improved skills in communication
85% reported improved skills in team-work
84% reported development of stronger character traits
The program encourages active involvement and collaboration of teachers, administrators, students and parents.
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.