Presentation on theme: "ACADEMIC DECATHLON Informational meeting 2012. Welcome Overview of Academic Decathlon How does this work? What does the class look like? Is there."— Presentation transcript:
Welcome Overview of Academic Decathlon How does this work? What does the class look like? Is there an extracurricular component? How do I make the team? Why Academic Decathlon? Questions?
Overview of Academic Decathlon The premier nationwide academic competition. Each year has a theme Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students 3 "B" or Scholastic students 3 "C" or Varsity students. 10 subject areas Math Science Social Science Language and Literature Economics Music Art Interview Speech Essay Super Quiz
How does this work? Sign up for the class. This year the theme is Russia. All materials are provided: Subject packets Novel Public speaking instruction Study!
What does the class look like? Approximately 30 students begin the fall semester in the class Read through the novel and packets Both group and individual assignments Quizzes and tests over assigned material
Extracurricular? Meet after school at least twice a week 2:30-4:30 Meeting on select Saturdays as announced Fall Semester: 2-3 Practice meets (All day Saturday) Spring Semester: Regional meet (Friday evening and Saturday) State meet (Travel to San Antonio)
Grades Highly competitive environment All tests and quizzes are multiple choice Grades are allocated on a curve Three separate curves (honors, scholastic, varsity) Extra credit opportunities
How do I make the team? Weighted average of the following: Practice meet scores Classroom performance Extracurricular attendance/participation Subjective performance Top 4 scores in each category will advance to the regional meet. 3 competitors and 1 alternate for each category
Why Academic Decathlon? Receive 6.0 GPA for the class Broaden the scope of learning to become an extremely well rounded student Improve your study habits Become a more attractive college applicant Prepare for college and beyond Scholarship opportunities Become part of a team Make memories that will last a lifetime