Enhancing lives through educational
PURPOSE: The Nebraska Academic Decathlon promotes academic
growth, teamwork, and communication skills among students of all
achievement levels through statewide academic competitions.
HISTORY: In 1983, Nebraska joined a national endeavor by creating
The Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program. Of the 40 decathlon programs in
the United States, Nebraska is the only one where an all-volunteer force
runs the program and has never received any state funds.
-The Academic Decathlon is an approved activity by the National
Association of Secondary School Administrators.
- The Nebraska Academic Decathlon Foundation is a 501 (C) (3)
- Approximately 800 students from across Nebraska participate each
- Over Forty high school teams compete based on size with both small
and large schools involved.
- Teams of six students with equal numbers of A, B, and C grade
levels compete with peers.
- Student invest over 72,000 hours of study preparing for regional
and state competitions.
- Students are tested in ten separate areas ranging from literature
to art to mathematics.
- Teachers/coaches expend over 38,000 hours facilitating and
preparing the students.
- Hundreds of volunteers spend thousands of hours conducting the
- Over 150 college scholarships are were awarded to decathlon
FINANCES: The Nebraska Academic Decathlon's operating budget is
approximately $157,000.00 plus $180,000.00 of in-kind and volunteer
services. The budget covers the costs of promotion, recruitment,
competitions and scholarships.
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