Academic Decathlon

Congratulations Academic Decathlon Team 2017
First Place Overall
State Championship - Third Place Logic Quiz

Academic Decathlon Team 2017
Camille P., Langley W., Carson S., Amelia A.
McKenna K., Mathilde S., Emily W., Sarah M., Chloe P., Jack G., Alyssa T.
Finnan M., Mia C., Trey R.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the St. Raymond Academic Decathlon Team competed against students from other schools within the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Our team competed in a Logic Quiz, a Super Quiz, that included questions in science, fine arts, social studies, religion, and literature, and eight individual events: religion, English, science, math, social studies, fine arts, literature, and current events. In the individual events, our team took first place in fine arts; second place in English; and,  third place in math. The team took first place in the Logic Quiz, Super Quiz and first place in the overall competition. The team will participate in the State Academic Decathlon on April 1, 2017 at Sacred Heart Parish School, Sacramento. Their dedication, discipline, and team spirit was exemplar.

The Academic Junior High Decathlon Mission (AJHD)

As Catholic school educators, we affirm that each young person entrusted to our care is endowed by God with marvelous intellectual gifts and talents. The California Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon (or AJHD) strives to bring forth some of those academic talents and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition. The five goals of the Decathlon are:

  • to promote academic excellence
  • to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • to promote logical and higher order thinking
  • to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools

The Catholic Schools Academic Decathlon was founded in September, 1989 by Dr. Mark Ryan who was then a junior high teacher at St. Aloysius School in south-central Los Angeles. Dr. Ryan had a vision for an academic event to parallel the athletic competitions so prevalent in schools. What began as a tiny competition involving a handful of schools from the greater Los Angeles area has grown to become a statewide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States. The Decathlon is now under the guiding jurisdiction of the California Catholic State Superintendents Curriculum Committee.

What is the Decathlon?
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with twenty rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with fifty multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, literature, science, mathematics, current events, social studies, and fine arts (art and music). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of May each year.

"St. Raymond School places first in Academic Decathlon" read article InMenlo

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller congratulates the St. Raymond Academic Decathlon Team. Their win, 1st Place Overall, over ten other Archdiocesan schools in the Academic Decathlon "is not a small accomplishment... the city of Menlo Park is proud of St. Raymond for the academic rigor represented by this."

"St. Raymond First in Academic Decathlon" read article The Almanac

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