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Academic Decathlon


As students and coaches return to school, whether it be in-person or online, the LAUSD Beyond the Bell Academic Decathlon will be available for you regardless of the public health situation. Last year's historic Academic Decathlon was the first time taken online instead of the traditional paper form. We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students while also providing them with a unique academic experience.

The 2020-2021 Academic Decathlon will take place between January 15th through February 21st. Competition format (face-to face, hybrid and/or online) will depend on the public health situation at the time of events. 

We look forward to this year's exciting topic of The Cold War, and wish all our students, and coaches a successful school year!


interested in joining

If you are interested in joining an Academic Decathlon/Pentathlon team for your school, please fill out our Interest Form to receive additional information.

2020-21 KEY DATES





November 7, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Scrimmage (TBD)


November 19, 2020**


Following week is Thanksgiving break. Plan accordingly.

DUE: Team Registration Documents

  1. Team Selection Process
  2. Competition Roster
  3. Student Registration
  4. Transcripts
  5. GPA Worksheets
  6. List of volunteers
  7. Super Quiz Ticket order form (optional)
  8. Checklist

January 15, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Essay - School Sites


January 30, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Competition - Interview, Speech

Tentative - Roybal LC (1200 Colton Street, L.A. 90026)



February 6, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Competition – Online Objective Tests & Super Quiz

Tentative - Roybal LC (1200 Colton Street, L.A. 90026)


February 13, 2021

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

Tentative - Hollywood HS (1521 N Highland Ave, L.A. 90028)


March 20 -25, 2021

Virtual State Competition


April 29 – May 2, 2021

National Competition (TBD)


Coaches meetings
May 2021






Luis Mora | Enrichment Programs Administrator | Beyond the Bell | LAUSD | 213-241-7900