GAD Curriculum


The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2018-2019 will be The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.



  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to laser technology and its applications.
  • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.
  • ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an introduction to the art of the 1960s.
  • MUSIC: The music curriculum will provide an introduction to the music of the 1960s.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover U.S. history in the 1960s.
  • ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the U.S. economy in the 1960s.
  • MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover permutations and combinations, algebra, and statistics.*

The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon® website on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon® Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.

*Note:  The 2018-19 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2015-16 U.S. Academic Decathlon®.

Essential Information for Coaches

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Calculator Policy

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Curriculum Updates/Corrections

For a current list of curriculum updates, visit the curriculum section of the USAD website.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on “Student Resources” and click on “Curriculum Updates.”

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Practice Test Information

For information on ordering Practice Test materials, go to the USAD website Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Materials Brochure.” Here you will find all of the different materials that are available from USAD, how much they cost, and how to order them.

Reminder: Practice Tests and other study materials are ordered directly from USAD and not through GAD.