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A team consists of 9 full-time students from grade 9-12. Each team is made up of:
- 3 Honor students (GPA = 3.750 - 4.00)
- 3 Scholastic students (GPA = 3.00 - 3.749)
- 3 Varsity students (GPA = 0.00 - 2.999)
Contestants may compete in a higher division than their own grade point average category but not in a lower division.
There must be at least three peopole in each of the categories for the team to be able to compete. Other members are considered alternates and still compete, but their scores are not counted. There can be one alternate in each category, so the team ideally consists of twelve people.
The purpose of Academic Decathlon is "to develop and provide academic competitions, curriculum, and assessment to promote learning an academic excellence through teamwork among students of all academic levels" (U.S. Academic Decathlon mission statement).
For more information, please visit the U.S. Academic Decathlon website.