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Orange County Academic Decathlon Association

 PO Box 9050, 200 Kalmus
 Costa Mesa, CA 92628
[P] (714) 966-4435
[F] (714) 668-7960
[email protected]
Kristin Rigby
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 23-7011585 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Orange County Academic Decathlon’s mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.
Students of all achievement levels prepare as a team for a competition focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.

Mission Statement

Orange County Academic Decathlon’s mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.
Students of all achievement levels prepare as a team for a competition focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $79,550.00
Projected Revenue $79,650.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Orange County Academic Decathlon

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

Orange County Academic Decathlon’s mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.
Students of all achievement levels prepare as a team for a competition focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.

Background Statement

“There ought to be more rallies and academic activities for all students,” were notes hand written in pencil, found in the late Dr. Robert Peterson’s belongings. History tells us the concept for the Academic Decathlon was created in a German concentration camp, as Peterson endured 18 months as a German prisoner of war during WWII. Today, Academic Decathlon has become the premier academic competition in the nation.

Peterson’s campaign in the late 1960s centered around an idea that would include all high school students, regardless of their grade-point averages, in an academic competition. The aim was to champion the high-achieving student and encourage the average student to participate and work up to his/her potential. By 1968, these small pocket journals written in pencil in a concentration camp were transformed into an Academic Decathlon competition.
In 1968, the first Academic Decathlon was held in Orange County, California. In 1979, the California Academic Decathlon was established as a formal organization. In 1981, the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) was established as a formal national organization. In April, 1982, the first USAD was held with eighteen states participating. The Orange County Academic Decathlon is now approaching its 50th year anniversary.
The Academic Decathlon is designed to provide a forum for celebrating and acknowledging scholastic achievement and academic excellence in the context of a team environment and competition. Like its ancient Greek counterpart, Academic Decathlon is a ten event contest where A, B, and C-level high school students work as teams to compete in the areas of language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech. The competition provides high school students the opportunity to participate in an extracurricular program that fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem.

Impact Statement

2017-2018 Program Highlights:

  1. Earned $5000 in grant funding from the KLA-Tencor Foundation to provide 525 participating students additional study guide resources in the subjects of math and science.

  2. Provided travel stipends to five schools to participate and compete in the 2018 California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

  3. Solidified Matific Education as an additional program sponsor.


Current Year Goals:

  1. Create marketing video to highlight impact and benefits of the program, along with displaying event day footage.

  2. Solidify partnerships with two new corporate volunteer groups to directly serve participants on all event competition days

  3. Acquire $10,000.00 in corporate sponsorships/private donors. Sponsors and donors will assist in the growth of our scholarship program.

  4. Host networking event for 50th Anniversary of OCAD celebration.

Needs Statement

  1. Student scholarships and winning team travel stipends are the backbone of recognizing student achievement and academic excellence. Estimated educational scholarship awards are $14,300 allocated to 30 high-achieving students, plus two coach-nominated scholarship earners. Estimated travel stipends of $6,000 per winning team (five invited in 2017-18) to attend state-level competition to represent Orange County.
  2. Capacity building - Program expansion targeted to schools in the three lowest socioeconomic deciles in Orange County through providing no-cost USAD curriculum materials and study resources. Estimated cost of curriculum is $700.00 per school.
  3. Growth of community member volunteerism is a necessity to assure adequate event day conditions and the opportunity for all student teams to participate. Volunteer roles needed:

  • 75 Interview judges (January 26, 2019)
  • 100 Speech judges (January 26, 2019)
  • 34 Classroom test proctors (February 2, 2019)
  • 45 Super Quiz test proctors (February 2, 2019)


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Become a Champion for OCAD: Click donation link on our website, fill out a form on our website and mail in a check, corporate/private foundation sponsorships, in-kind donations to reward and engage student participation, volunteer as an interview judge, speech judge, test proctor, or super quiz relay (live event).

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Overall, 100% of OCAD's population served is from multiple school districts throughout Orange County, including private schools.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  2. Youth Development -
  3. Education - Scholarships & Student Financial Aid



Orange County Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon teams consist of 9 student members of varying achievement levels. Each Academic Decathlon team spends months working together in preparation for a rigorous and demanding competition season against other local area schools.

All decathletes participate by taking 30-minute multiple-choice tests in the subject areas of art, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, and social science. Each area, with the exception of mathematics, is based on an annual theme. The 2018-2019 theme is The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.


In addition, each decathlete is required to perform a planned 4-minute speech on a topic of their choice, a 2-minute impromptu speech, a 7-minute interview (similar to a job interview), and to write an essay within a 50-minute period.

The competition culminates with an exciting Super Quiz relay, a team event where parents and classmates cheer from the sidelines, much like a sporting event.

Budget  $75,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. Participants will be engaged in an educational program that promotes academic excellence through team work and competitive spirit. Participants will gain knowledge in a breadth of subjects; including art, economics, language and literature, math, music, social science, science, essay writing, speech presentation, and interview process.
  2. Continue digital student response system to enhance event experience for participants. Make system available as a beneficial tool and resource for school teams to prepare for and engage in the program.
  3. Sustain program participation in at least 35 Orange County high schools and with a population of over 500 students, maintain adequate volunteer workforce for event days, and maintain financial investment in program scholarships through community member and corporate donations.
Program Long-Term Success 
  1. Provide participants the opportunity to cultivate the 21st century competencies necessary to be successful in high school, college, and career. Participants will state that the program has improved their skills to communicate clearly and collaborate with others, become content literate through critical thinking and problem solving, create innovative ways to prepare and strategize for program competition, and enhance attributes of positive character and upstanding citizenship.
  2. Annual growth in program participation in specified areas; including increase of Orange County high school and high school student participation, increase of community member and corporate volunteerism, and gains in corporate sponsorships and community member donations.
  3. Growth in marketing efforts to increase program participation of Orange County high schools and throughout the community.
Program Success Monitored By 

The Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) is sponsored by the OCAD Association, and administered by the Orange County Department of Education’s (OCDE) Community and Student Support Services (CSSS) division.

The CSSS division of the OCDE has developed a strategic plan aligned with the OCDE vision that “Orange County will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success.” An action plan has been developed that is aligned to the SCS strategic plan and OCDE vision, which addresses annual outcomes in program participation and professional development for staff.

The OCAD Association Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring annual program budget, scholarship distribution, and program sustainability.

Participant improvement in the area of 21st century competencies will be addressed through an annual student evaluation survey; designed, distributed, and tracked in collaboration with the OCDE Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC).

OCAD staff meets with Academic Decathlon team coaches (school teachers) three times each school year to share information, discuss challenges, and collaborate regarding program needs.
Examples of Program Success 

OCAD provides participants with a unique scholastic opportunity to learn in a collaborative team environment and apply the breadth of knowledge to a competition setting. What the program offers is best described by participant quotes gathered from 1) an open-ended evaluation survey about the impact of OCAD and 2) a thank you letter from a participant who was a recipient of a 

“Few other extra-curricular activities have been as impactful and influential.  Joining Academic Decathlon allowed me to refine my studying, writing, oratory, and self-discipline skills. I believe that exploring a theme through a breadth of disciplines is the epitome of a liberal education. I am a more well-rounded, educated person today, as a result of OCAD.”
Beginning in summer 2015, annual data has beeen available based on results of student surveys confirming students are building 21st century skills through participation in the Academic Decathlon program. The survey results of the 2017-2018 sample of 463 students are as follows:
  • 85% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 93% reported improved skills in communication
  • 83% reported improved skills in team-work
  • 85% reported development of stronger character traits 
  • 93% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
  • 72% reported that the program helped them become more involved at school


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kristin Rigby
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 230
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Nadine Elwood-Miranda
Board Chair Company Affiliation Esperanza High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair Judy Weightman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Retired Assistant Principal, Tustin Unified School District
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Roger Ballard NuVision Federal Credit Union Voting
Steve Brake Del Taco LLC Voting
Tom David Retired, AT&T Voting
Nadine Elwood-Miranda Esperanza High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District --
Ranjit Mayadas Educational Technology, Orange County Department of Education Voting
Salik Rahman PowerSchool Voting
Kristin Rigby Academic Events, Orange County Department of Education Voting
Marilyn Thoms Manager, Watershed Management Division, County of Orange Voting
Judy Weightman Retired Assistant Principal Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Scholarship


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $79,650.00
Projected Expenses $79,550.00
Form 990s

2017 2017 OCAD 990ez

2016 2016 OCAD 990ez

2015 2015 OCAD 990ez

2014 2014 OCAD 990ez

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $59,946 $60,194 $68,963
Total Expenses $57,351 $61,802 $66,571

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$14,447 $10,313 $22,473
Government Contributions $43,850 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $43,850 -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $43,860 $45,311
Investment Income, Net of Losses $33 -- --
Membership Dues -- $33 --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,616 $5,988 $1,179

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $57,351 $61,802 $61,029
Administration Expense -- -- $5,542
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.97 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $48,657 $40,062 $47,670
Current Assets $48,657 $40,062 $47,670
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $48,657 $40,062 $47,670

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

Orange County Academic Decathlon Brochure (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.