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Academic Decathlon

The Nativity School participates annually in the San Diego Diocesan Academic Junior High Decathlon. This intensive program challenges our middle school students to excel academically outside of the regular curriculum.

The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten 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). Awards are given for individual and team performance, and the winning school team from each geographic diocese competes in a state championship the first Saturday of May each year.

The California Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon (or AJHD) strives to bring forth some of those academic talents and celebrate them in the context of spirit-filled competition. The five goals of the Decathlon are:

  • To promote academic excellence
  • To promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • To promote logical and higher order thinking
  • To recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • To celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools

The Nativity School is proud to be a participant in such an intensive, challenging event.


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