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Academic Pentathlon

The Academic Pentathlon prepares students for success in college and careers by building 21st century skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and character.

Academic Pentathlon

Academic Pentathlon is an exciting five-event competition for grades six, seven, and eight. The program engages students of all achievement levels in a variety challenging academic events.

Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams of students prepare for competition in the subject areas of fine arts (art and music), literature (including essay analysis), math, science, and social science.

The program supports the achievement of the following California Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) priorities:

Pupil Outcomes

Survey results from students who participated in the 2014-15 Academic Pentathlon:

92% reported improved skills in critical thinking
84% reported improved skills in communication
86% reported improved skills in team-work
70% reported improved creativity
82% reported development of stronger character traits


The program encourages active involvement and collaboration of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

87% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
85% reported that the program helped them become more involved at school
Each grade level also competes in an exciting Super Quiz relay, a team event where parents, faculty, and classmates cheer for their teams from the sidelines, championing academics much like the environment of a sporting event. The top scoring teams and individual students are awarded medals and plaques.

For additional information, contact Kathy Gonnella, 213-241-7900.


LAUSD Academic Pentathlon 17-18 Intent Form

Academic Pentathlon Forms for Coaches

Novel Order Form (for all grades) 

Pentathlon Curriculum


Volunteer Information

LAUSD Academic Pentathlon needs your support!

The Academic Pentathlon, an exciting five-event competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, relies heavily on parents and community members volunteering their time, professionalism, and care to serve as Super Quiz Relay Proctors for the 2015-2016 event season.

There will be three (3) event competition days in Spring 2017 that need volunteer support. Volunteer information for each event will be update in January 2017.

Volunteer Description

Super Quiz Relay Proctor - As a Super Quiz Relay Proctor, you will be assigned one or two teams and score their answer sheets according to the correct answers displayed on the screen.  Super Quiz Relay is a public event in which teams compete in front of a live audience in a high school gym.  No experience is needed.  A brief orientation will be provided prior to each Super Quiz Relay event.

Note: If you are interested in being a Super Quiz Relay Proctor and have a child also participating in a Super Quiz Relay event, it is suggested that you volunteer during a time slot opposite your child's event.  We want you to enjoy cheering your child on!  However, if interested, volunteers are invited to proctor both Super Quiz Relay events.


For additional information, contact Kathy Gonnella, 213-241-7900.

Important Dates

2016-2017 Dates


October 13, 2016

​6th/7th/8th Grade Fall Coaches Meeting*

November 18, 2016

6th/​7th/8th Grade Intent to Participate forms due

December 9, 2016

​Scrimmage Forms due

January 14, 2017

7th/8th Grade Scrimmage​

February 8, 2017

​7th/8th Registration Deadline

March 18, 2017**

​7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon**

April 1, 2017**

​​7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon**

April 5, 2017

6th Grade Registration Deadline

April 18, 2017

7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards

April 20, 2017

​7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards

April 24, 2017

7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards

May 6, 2017

6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Competition

May 18, 2017

6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards

May 23, 2017

6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards 

**Each school will be assigned a competition date for the 7th/8th Pentathlon based on district Spring Break dates and two-year average from Overall Team Score.

Awards ceremony dates are assigned based on divisions for each grade level.