Program Information



A Contest of Academic
“Strength Through Teamwork”

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
2014-2015 Competition Dates

WIAD Invitation

What is WIAD?

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon (WIAD) is a statewide scholastic competition which advocates greater respect for knowledge and promotes academic excellence among students, schools and communities.


Ninth-through twelfth-grade students in public and private high schools compete as individuals and team members in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations. 

The Decathlon’s unique format includes students with A, B and C grade-point averages . The competition is an all-around academic event, not for the “elite” students only. 


The Plan

Wisconsin holds three levels of competition each year.

At Local Competition in November, any interested high school may enter a team(s). 

60 schools are selected statewide based upon the local results to advance to Regional Competition in January; from Regional, 20 schools earn the right to compete at the State Event in March.

The overall state champion represents Wisconsin at the National Competition held in April of each year.  



Partners in Education — Building Skills for the Future

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is the best example of the educational community, the State, concerned parents and student scholars working together to gain academic recognition. 

WIAD is a non-profit organization sponsored 100% through corporate and private donations and team registration fees.  Deductible contributions to the WIAD Foundation, Inc. are exempt from federal income tax under Section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3). 

Help create the catalyst that changes students’ lives forever. 




for New & Veteran Coaches

The workshop provides an excellent introduction to the Academic Decathlon — a program for high school students with varying academic abilities.  Presenters are WIAD staff and successful Decathlon coaches from each school size division.

Friday, September 19, 2014 — Location TBA

Contact for more information.


2014-2015 Competition Dates

Local Competition – Monday, November 10, 2014

Regional Competition – Friday, January 9, 2015

State Competition –  Thursday & Friday, March 12-13, 2015

National Competition – April 16-18, 2015 – Garden Grove, California 



Interested high schools must officially register and pay the entry fee per team for the Local Competition.  Contact the WIAD Office at for a free copy of the USAD Official Study Guide. 

This year’s theme is New Alternatives in Energy:  Ingenuity and Innovation.

Selected long work of literature:  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.

Registration Information is mailed to all schools before the end of May.

2014-2015 Registration Form

New schools to the program may be eligible for a Supply Grant. 

The grant provides the majority of study materials needed to start in the program. 


WIAD Supply Grant 2014

For additional program information, contact Molly Ritchie, State Director.


Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Staff
Molly Ritchie Margie Marcks
State Director Competition Manager
524 Daisy Court 595 Baeten Road
Verona, WI  53593 Green Bay, WI  54304
Ph:  (608) 845-3544 Ph:  (920) 617-5617
Fax:  (608) 845-3850 Fax:  (920) 492-5965


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