Hemet School Qualifies For U.S. Academic Decathlon In 2024


HEMET, CA — Western Center Academy in Hemet has qualified for next month’s U.S. Academic Decathlon this weekend at the state competition in Santa Clara, officials said.

The high school, located at 2345 Searl Parkway, will participate in the online USAD National Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from April 25- 27.

El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills won the California Academic Decathlon for the third time in the last five years, and will defend California’s remarkable 20-year national championship streak next month.

Additional teams moving on to the USAD National Competition include Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Tarzana as a large school representative at the in-person competition in Pittsburgh.

Granada Hills Charter High School — which has won the national competition nine times — also advanced and will represent California in the online USAD National Competition.

The state competition started Friday and ended Sunday at the Santa Clara Marriott.

“The academic decathlon helps students become lifelong learners and gain key critical thinking skills,” said George Wong, one of the California Academic Decathlon’s founding members.


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