1. Was the Academic Decathlon Program developed in Nebraska?
2. Are there any unique features in the Academic Decathlon Program?
- An “A” grade point average in all academic courses for the last two years (Honor level student);
- A “B” grade point average in all academic courses for the last two years (Scholastic level student);
- C “C or below” grade point average in all academic courses for the last two years(Varsity level student).
Thus, a school needs a Regular Team of six students and each school is encouraged to have an Alternate Team with at least six students. In addition, participating schools may have as many students in its academic decathlon program as the school desires.
3. How is the Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program funded?
If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, please either mail a check to:
Nebraska Academic Decathlon Foundation;
2175 N. 124th Ave. Cir.
Omaha, NE 68164
or click on the donation button.
The website has additional information on donation opportunities. A major part of the cost is the scholarships earned by all members of the 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place team at all Regionals and in both divisions (Small School and Large School) at the State Final.
4. Which high schools are eligible to enroll in the Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program?
5. What is the procedure for enrolling in the Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program?
- The school administrator(usually the Principal) authorizes the completion of the entry form. Send to: Vicki Deniston Reed, Executive Directorship Team Leader, 1009 Hickory St. Omaha, NE 68108.
- The Principal selects one or more teachers to facilitate the preparation of the students. It is not necessary that the individual or individuals be on the current staff. A school can select a person or persons outside the school-i.e.-former teacher, …
- The selected facilitator recruits interested students. A school is encouraged to recruit as large a group as possible. The size of the two testing teams is delineated in FAQ #2. Although these teams are limited to a maximum of 12 students, a school is encouraged to enlarge the benefits to a larger number.
- The facilitator orders study materials from the United States Academic Decathlon. NOTE: For a first-time competitor, a packet of study materials sufficient for ten students is provided by an organization from metro Omaha.
- The facilitator arranges an appropriate study plan for the interested students.
The enrollment deadline for first-time competitors is September 15. The entry fee is $175.
6. What are the competition dates?
The State Final is held on the third full weekend in February in Omaha. An Essay test is completed online at an earlier date. On Friday evening, the students compete in the Interview and Speech events. On Saturday, the remaining seven tests are completed. In addition, the Awards Ceremony is held shortly after the last test.
7. Are there any special programs for the participating schools?
In addition, the Study Materials Program pays 75% of the cost of a Basic Curriculum Packet in the second year of competition; 50% of the cost of a Basic Curriculum Packet in the third year of competition and 25% of the cost of a Basic Curriculum Packet in the fourth year of competition.
For smaller schools, the Facilitator Support Program will provides a first-time competitor a stipend of $500 per year. This stipend would help locate a teacher to monitor the program. Although this stipend can be a strong tool to recruit a new school into the program, the optimal benefit for the students can only occur if the school continues its enrollment. Therefore, this program will make a five-year stipend commitment to any new participating small school. The five-year period should allow the school to build a base of support for the Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program among the students, parents, staff and administration. In accepting this program, a school agrees to participate for five more years after the five-year stipend period ends. For the 2008-09 academic year, there are six stipends available and they will be allocated on a first
come-first taken basis.
The top scoring first-time competitor at the Regional level will be given a position at the State Final because the school is the Rookie of the Year.