In collaboration with the
National Catholic Educational Association
National Catholic Academic
Junior High Decathlon
In collaboration with the
The National Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon (or AJHD) strives to cultivate academic talents, collaboration and organization, and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition.
Congratulations to our 2023 National Winning Teams!
1st – St. Edward the Confessor Parish School – Diocese of Orange
2nd – St. Joseph Academy – Independent League – (San Marcos, CA)
3rd – Cathedral Chapel School – Archdiocese of Los Angeles- Our Lady of Angels Region
Congratulations to our 2023 Regional Winning Teams!
*Denver – Nativity: Faith & Reason
*El Paso – Most Holy Trinity Catholic School
*Fresno – St. Francis Parish School – Bakersfield
*Galveston-Houston – St. Theresa Catholic School – Sugar Land
*Los Angeles – Our Lady of Angels Region – Cathedral Chapel School
*Los Angeles – San Fernando Region/Santa Barbara – St. Mel School – Woodland Hills
*Los Angeles – San Gabriel Region – Holy Family School
*Los Angeles – San Pedro Region – St. Catherine Laboure School
*Orange – St. Edward the Confessor Parish School
*Raleigh – The Franciscan School
*Sacramento – St. Ignatius
*San Bernardino – St. Margaret Mary School
*San Diego – Good Shepherd Catholic School
*San Francisco – St. Raymond School – Menlo Park
*Independent League – St. Joseph Academy (San Marcos)
*Independent League – St. Thomas the Apostle (Phoenix)
A big thank you to St. Augustine High School in San Diego for producing a short marketing video for the Academic Junior High Decathlon. They have been a host for the last several years of the Diocese of San Diego event. Check it out here:
What is the Catholic Academic Junior High Decathlon?
- The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a one-day competition for Catholic School students in grades 6-8. This year the event will be in-person where available and online/virtual for schools not in the vicinity of an in-person event.
- Schools register online – 2 options – 1. with 10 students on a team participating in the full day, or 2. with 1-5 students competing in Individual Subject tests only as a POD (Part of Decathlon)
- There are 10 events:
- Two are collaborative team efforts – a Logic Quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a Super Quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes.
- The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music).
- Topics for these events are available on a Resource List in October.
- Study Guides (practice tests and guidance) are available for purchase separately, also in October.
- Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic arch/diocese, and winners of individual subject tests competes in a National championship which is held shortly after the main competition.
The Catholic Schools Academic Decathlon was founded in September of 1989 by Dr. Mark Ryan who was then a junior high teacher at St. Aloysius School in south-central Los Angeles. Dr. Ryan had a vision for an academic event to parallel the athletic competitions so prevalent in schools. What began as a tiny competition involving a handful of schools from the greater Los Angeles area has grown to become a statewide event involving Catholic junior high students from across the United States.
The Decathlon is under the guiding jurisdiction of the California Catholic State Superintendents Curriculum Committee (CCSSCC).