•  USAD

    Course Description

    Welcome to Academic Decathlon! This course allows students to study a topic that changes annually from ten different academic disciplines including literature, language, music, science, math, social science, art, and economics. Students will express the depth of their knowledge through standardized testing, public speaking, interviews, and written essays. This course uses a hybrid model of learning in which the teacher will provide direct instruction on select topics and students will collaborate on inquiry based learning projects

    This course provides students with several opportunities to select an Academic Decathlon topic for in-depth study via extended learning projects.

    Students who take this course will have a variety of extracurricular tournaments available to them. Tournaments are optional, and participation will not impact a student’s course grade.

    All class materials and assignments are distributed via Microsoft Teams.

    Course Aims

    This course is designed specifically to prepare our students for this year’s competitive season as well as the ISAT, SAT, and rigors of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Associate of Arts (AA) Program offered here at Renaissance High School. Therefore, this class will help you to:

    • Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within an Academic Decathlon context
    • Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
    • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a self-directed learning project over an extended period of time
    • Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
    • Demonstrate responsible action through, and as a result of, learning
    • Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in your accomplishments

    “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Yeats