Academic Competitions & Camps

RISD Advanced Learning Services

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Academic Decathlon

https://www.usad.org/. For district information, please contact the RISD AcDec Coordinator, Carol Hewitt, at carol.hewitt@risd.org.

The Academic Decathlon competition is composed of six objective exams, a prepared and impromptu speech, an interview, a written essay, and the Super Quiz. Each nine–member team is composed of three “A” students, three “B” students, and three “C” students from the eleventh and twelfth grades. Individual and team winners are identified by totaling the scores of each event. Winning teams proceed to the state and national contests. This course provides training in the competitive areas of the Academic Decathlon. Students study extensively in mathematics, micro and macroeconomics, science, literature, social studies, and the fine arts. In addition, skills are developed in speech preparation and presentation, essay writing, and interview techniques. Academic Decathlon Honors is available for students in 9th – 12th grades. 10th – 12th graders are eligible for five (5) quality points that will be calculated into their formal GPA upon successful completion of the course. 9th graders are eligible to take the course for local credit with no quality points.

Lone Star Challenge

http://www.txacadec.org/lsc.html. For district information, please contact the RISD LSC competition coordinator, Ann Rubin, at ann.rubin@risd.org.

Destination Imagination

https://www.destinationimagination.org/. For district information, please contact the RISD DI competition coordinator, Jean Cieszkowski, at jean.cieszkowski@risd.org.

Invention Convention

https://inventionconvention.org/home-page/. For district information, please contact the RISD IC competition coordinator, Kay Adams, at kay.adams@risd.org.

Spelling Bee

http://spellingbee.com/. For district information, please contact the RISD Spelling Bee competition coordinator, Carrie Green, at carrie.greene@risd.org.

Camp Invention

https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention. In RISD, this camp is limited to students who have qualified for gifted services. For more information, contact the camp director, Caroline Winfield, at caroline.winfield@risd.org.

Creative Academy

Any student completing Kindergarten through 6th grade may attend this summer camp. For more information, contact the camp director, Kandi Patak, at creativeacademy@g.risd.org.

Who to Contact

Talbot Boulter

Administrative Specialist

Advanced Learning Programs and Services