Purpose: The Ridge Point AcDec team competes in local, regional, state, and potentially national competitions related to an overall theme that changes from year-to-year. The 2020-21 theme is the Cold War. Students learn material in seven objective (Art, Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Science, and Social Studies) and three subjective categories (Essay, Interview, and Speech.)
The team has advanced to three state champoinships in the last five years and has produced five state medalists, Meredith Streeter, Charles Walker, Hailey Currie, Brady Sanders and Connor Schlacks! The team also competes in the World Scholar's Cup in the spring and has produced the Houston regional team champion in five of the last six years (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 - no regional round was able to be held in 2020) and had the trio of Brady Sanders, Colby Sanders, and William Shein finish third in the world in team debate at the Global Championship Meet in Barcelona, Spain in 2018, while the Sanders Twins were the global world champion team at the 2019 Global Championships in The Hague, Netherlands.
Students of all academic levels are eligible to compete for the Ridge Point squad. Based on GPA's the previous two years in core subjects and certain electives, students are categorized as either Honors (3.80-4.00 GPA), Scholastic (3.20-3.79 GPA) or Varsity levels (3.19-below GPA) and have their scores compared to students at those levels only in various competitions.
Requirements: Students can compete in AcDec or a special competition just for freshmen and sophomores (Academic Octathlon - no speech or interview competitions at this level) regardless of their grade level in high school. There is an honors-level or AP-level (GPA boost) elective course that can be taken for credit beginning with your sophomore year in high school. Additionally, there is a Ridge Point High School Academic Decathlon Booster Club that awarded $1500 in college scholarships for AcDec team members in the spring of 2020. Please contact Mr. Sanders if you are interested in adding your name to the prospective students list for the class.