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Academic League

Picture yourself as a high school student, sitting at a table in front of TV cameras that are broadcasting live to the entire region. You are surrounded by teammates — fellow high school students. The moderator poses the first question, which you have five seconds to answer.

This is the countywide Academic League competition, which SDCOE’s iTV has been covering since the early 1970s. 

High schools that participate in the Academic League put together teams that compete within four regional leagues across the county. Once league winners are selected, the champs of each league face off until the San Diego County Academic League champion team emerges.

Team from Del Norte High School competing in the Academic League

Watch the 2024 Finals

Four teams of some of the brightest high school students in the county will go head-to-head to test their brainpower and knowledge at the Academic League finals May 22. For the first time, the finals will be hosted by a student: Abigail Ross, a Coronado High School senior who goes by the stage name AB Coal.

You can stream the Academic League semifinals and finals online or watch them live on iTV Cable 16, which is on Cox, Spectrum, or AT&T on either Channel 16 or Channel 99.

Semifinal Round 1: Olympian and Del Norte

Wednesday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Semifinal Round 2: Santana High and Francis Parker

Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m.

The Final Round

Featuring the two winning teams from the semifinals

Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. 

Additional air dates

Semifinal: Olympian vs Del Norte

  • Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

Semifinal: Santana High vs Francis Parker

  • Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

County Championship

  • Sunday, June 2 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m.

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