Academic Decathlon

Decathlon Basics

What is it?
Sports for the brain! Academic Decathlon is a national quiz bowl competition. Students study material and compete in six areas—Art, Literature, Music, Mathematics, Economics, and Science. There is also a Super Quiz in which students answer questions on a predetermined topic (past topics have included the Internet, Astronomy, and Lewis and Clark).

When is it?
Decathlon is a daily, 2-semester course that meets 1 period a day.

Who can join?     

Anyone who has the following characteristics: motivated, able to make a commitment, determined, works well with others, is a team player, enjoys learning new things, responds well to challenges, and is focused and hard-working. All GPA levels are needed and welcome. Decathlon sponsor has final approval. 


*Weekend retreat with studying, food and fun!

*Meet new people in a positive working environment

*Field trips and guest speakers 

*T-shirt! We design our own.

*Decathlon is an excellent way to prepare for college

*Knowledge! Many of the contestants on TV game shows have been Decathlon students. It’s good to know things!


Testing areas:     

ART-history of the target period and art basics                

ECONOMICS-economic basics and the economy of the target period
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE-a novel or plays and poetry     
MUSIC-composers and musicians of the target era          
MATH-basic math through trigonometry 
SOCIAL SCIENCE or SCIENCE-hard science such as botany or social science (history)
SUPER QUIZ-10 questions from the target subject

The mission of Omaha Northwest High School, a community of learners, is to provide educational opportunities which enable ALL students to achieve and lead in academic success.

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Contact Information


Deana Rainey


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