LOS ANGELES (March 19, 2018) – Fourteen teams representing L.A. Unified will travel to Sacramento this week to compete in the 2018 California Academic Decathlon, a grueling two-day competition that will test students’ knowledge of Africa.
The decathletes, including some of the District’s top student scholars, will put their prowess to the test when they compete against 69 other California teams for the state title.
El Camino Real Charter High, which won the L.A. Unified title, will be joined in Sacramento by the 13 other top-scoring District schools. They are: Bell Senior High School, Chatsworth Charter High School, Grover Cleveland Charter High School, Benjamin Franklin High School, James A. Garfield Senior High School, Granada Hills Charter High School, Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School, Alexander Hamilton Senior High School, Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School, North Hollywood Senior High School, Palisades Charter High School, Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences and Van Nuys Senior High School.
L.A. Unified has long been considered an Academic Decathlon powerhouse, with its schools capturing half of the national championships since the competition was created in 1982. Granada Hills Charter, which is authorized by the District, is the defending U.S. champion – its third consecutive title.
Students have been cramming for months in preparation for the decathlon, which this year is centered on the theme of Africa. Teams will compete Friday and Saturday in the categories of art, economics, essay, interview, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech. Families and friends will be allowed to watch on Saturday as students compete in the Super Quiz, the only public event in the contest.
The state winner will be announced between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at a ceremony in Sacramento. The winner will represent California in the U.S. Academic Decathlon, which is scheduled for April 19-21 in Frisco, Texas.
Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 247-4087