Academic Decathlon is the foremost academic challenge for high school students and
fantastic preparation for their futures.

Roster Changes:
Must be emailed to
your regional coordinator!

We support American Veterans and the American Legion!  Special thanks to the American Legion of Iowa for donating money to purchase awards for our students and to local legionnaires for honoring our students by presenting state awards. Pictured to the right: Our 2017 legionnaires are from Ely, Iowa, and in this picture are standing with our Public Relations board representative, Virginia Roudabush.

YOU too can support Iowa Academic Decathlon
and our Iowa students:

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2017-2018 Curriculum Theme:  AFRICA
Novel:  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Visit the USAD Store to order the Basic Curriculum


2017-2018 CALENDAR

Dec. 26 - January 14

Validation of Transcripts by state board members

January 10, 2018

Student Roster for Regional Competitions DUE with late addition Transcripts, Code of Conduct Forms, & Student Registration Forms in Google folder

January 24, 2018

NE Iowa Regional (Grundy Center High School)

January 25-26, 2018

NW Iowa Regional (Iowa Lakes Campus in Emmetsburg)

January 25-26, 2018

Central Iowa Regional (Drake University)

January 27, 2018

Eastern Iowa Regional (CR Jefferson High School)

January 29, 2018

State Competition information to coaches of qualifying teams

February 2, 2018

State Team Registration with Final Student Roster, Updated Google Folder, and Purchase Order or Credit Card DUE

February 13, 2018

Practice Online Essay Writing

February 15, 2018

IAD Scholarship Essays DUE via email

February 15, 2018

Online Essay Writing Test

Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3, 2018

State Competition, Ft. Dodge, Iowa

March 4, 2018

National Competition Information to 

State Champion Team, Wildcard Team*, and qualifying online teams

*Iowa will send a Wildcard Team this year, the highest scoring team in the opposite school size division of the State Champion.  If a large school wins, the small school winner will be the Wildcard Team.  If a small school wins, the large school winner will be the Wildcard Team.

Online teams will be determined following the State Champion and Wildcard Team.

April 19-21, 2018

National Competition, Frisco, Texas

May, 2018

Release of USAD© Study Guide for 2018-2019 season