GAD Dates and Registration

2022-2023 Calendar (tentative)

  • September 2 – GAD Fall Workshop @ KSU Center
  • October 7 – GAD Staff Competition Coordinators’ planning meeting
  • October 15 – Season Registration Deadline
  • November 3-12 – Scrimmage Test (Round 1)
  • January 6-17 – District-level Competition (Round 2)
  • January 13 – GAD Staff Competition Coordinators’ Planning Session
  • January 18 – Deadline – submit Wild Card score sheets
  • January 19 – Notification to teams – Wild Card Invitational
  • January 26 – All teams competing at state must have Roster submitted
  • February 1 – State Competition Registration Deadline 
  • February 6-7 – Mandatory login practice with online system
  • February 8-9 – Online Essay and Art Events for State Competition
  • February 23-25 – State Competition (Round 3)
  • March 17 – GAD Staff Competition Coordinators – Debriefing Meeting
  • April 27-29 – USAD National Competition in Frisco TX (Round 4)
  • May 5 – GAD Honor Cord orders due – links to online store

2022-23 Season Registration Memo

The 2022-2023 season of PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon is here and we want your school to participate! Thanks to PAGE’s support, the registration fee remains at only $200 per district. Please submit the online Season REGISTRATION FORM for participation in the 2022-2023 Georgia Academic Decathlon by October 15. No refund can be given to a school/district withdrawing after October 31. (If you are registering more than one school you will be asked to upload or email a spreadsheet/document of all your schools instead of entering them online.)

NEW ESSAY RUBRIC! USAD has developed a new Essay rubric to assist our judges in their job of scoring our decathlete’s essays. Additionally, if you would like to participate in Essay during Round 2 but don’t have your own judges, USAD can score for $5 per essay. If you are interested, please contact the State Director ASAP.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO: About ten years ago, we produced a promotional video that can be used to recruit coaches, and explain decathlon to administration, parents and prospective decathletes. The video is a little dated, but the main information is still relevant today. It can be found by clicking “Promotional Video” at the beginning of this paragraph or by selecting “About . . . GAD” from the side navigation menu. Additionally, USAD has three videos posted in the footer section of their website which can also be used to promote Academic Decathlon.

GAD FALL WORKSHOP: Our collegiate partner, Kennesaw State University, usually hosts our Fall Workshop for coaches, coordinators, and decathletes. This year we will be IN PERSON! Sessions will be offered for many of the decathlon events and they will be designed for members of your team to gain information on the curriculum topic as well as other aspects of competition.  The workshop is free for adults and $20 for each decathlete. The registration deadline is noon on August 22nd. All the information can be found on the Fall Workshop page.

PLEASE NOTE: Information about Academic Decathlon, the curriculum topics for 2022-2023 and how to order curriculum materials can be found on the United States Academic Decathlon website You are encouraged to check the website often for information and curriculum updates. Click here to see a topical outline of the 2022-2023 curriculum.

USAD 2022-2023 CURRICULUM: Curriculum outlines and the Study Guide for 2022-2023 are available on the USAD website. The curriculum for this year is The American Revolution and the New Nation. Please check the USAD website ( for a complete listing of curriculum materials. If you have not ordered your curriculum materials, you should do so right away. Check the USAD website for information regarding curriculum updates. Check the PAGE GAD website ( for information about the PAGE GAD academic year.

ACADEMIC ELECTIVE: Each year a few more schools and school districts are able to offer the Academic Decathlon curriculum through an academic elective course. This is a rich and challenging curriculum that should be made available to a larger group of students than the nine students that typically make up your GAD team. This year’s curriculum theme would be a great theme for an independent study class, a guided study, or any number of other possible classes. The USAD curriculum has been coordinated with Common Core Standards.

We are looking forward to working with you during the 2022-2023 academic year. We hope to see all coaches, district-level coordinators, and decathletes virtually at the Fall Workshop on September 2nd. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Michelle Crawford, State Director
Direct/Cell: 404-414-3041