High school students compete in ten different events that challenge them individually and as a team. The IAD promotes academic excellence at all achievement levels. A team consists of nine students: 3 honors students (GPA 3.75+), 3 scholastic students (GPA 3.0-3.74), and 3 varsity students (GPA under 3.0). This allows, and encourages, students of all achievement levels to participate and gives some students, who are often eliminated from activities on the basis of GPA, a chance to compete for their school against students with similar achievement records.
Decathletes take 30 minute multiple choice tests in the subjects of Art, Economics, Music, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. In addition, each team member gives a planned 4 minute Speech and a 2 minute impromptu Speech, sits through a 7 minute Interview, and has 50 minutes to write an Essay.
The Super Quiz Relay, the final event, is open to the public and features questions from subject matters including Art, Economics, Music, Language and Literature, Science, and Social Science.
Overall, top scoring student from the Honors, Varsity, and Scholastic categories is awarded a scholarship each year.
The IAD is run by volunteers including an active board of directors and our executive director. IAD coordinates the competitions across the state including providing the testing materials, equipment, and awards for each competition throughout the state. The IAD is part of the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD).