Washington School for the Deaf takes part in Academic Bowl every year that is hosted by Gallaudet University. The competition promotes academic pride, integrity, and achievement. The competition enhances student learning because it rewards students for all their hard work studying; in addition, students meet equally intellectual peers from other schools. Academic Bowl is about immersing students into the studies of different subjects such as history, literature, science, mathematics, Deaf studies, and current events. They spend time learning these topics and then quiz their knowledge.
Every year, WSD participates at one of the four regional competitions which take place all over the United States. The top four schools from each regional competition qualify for the Nationals competition at Gallaudet University; in addition, the top four performing schools who took the Wild Card test at regionals also attend Nationals.
WSD has been involved in Academic Bowl since its inception in 1997. In 2017, WSD qualified for the Nationals competition for the first time.
Throughout the competition, the students learn the true meaning of sportsmanship and friendship.
The 2020 Washington School for the Deaf Academic Bowl team in Honolulu, Hawaii