As part of National and State programs, the Imperial County Academic Decathlon is a competitive event for high school students aimed at encouraging and honoring scholastic accomplishments. The students compete as individuals and teams in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations, including: art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, essay, interview, speech (prepared and impromptu) and SuperQuiz (a team-relay event).
A complete team consists of nine full-time students, grades 9-12, with a maximum of three students in each of the following divisions:
|Student Divisions||Corresponding GPA||Number of Students|
|Honors Students||3.75 - 4.00 GPA||2-3 Honors Students|
|Scholastic Students||3.00 - 3.74 GPA||2-3 Scholastic Students|
|Varsity Students||2.99 GPA and Below||2-3 Varsity Students|
- Contestants may compete in a higher division than their own GPA, but not in a lower division.
- All team members participate in all 10 events.
- Only six scores count for the final team standing in the competition - the top two Honors scores, the top two Scholastic scores and the top two Varsity scores.
- Therefore, schools may enter with fewer than nine members and still be eligible for team awards as long as there are at least two Honor, Scholastic and Varsity members.