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Academic Pentathlon (Middle Schools)

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

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Academic Pentathlon Forms for Coaches

Pentathlon Curriculum (updated Nov 15, 2017)

Volunteer Information

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 and Test Proctors for the 2017-2018 event season.

There will be three (3) event competition days in Spring 2018 that need volunteer support.  Volunteer information for each event will be update in January 2018. 

Volunteer Descriptions

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.

Test Proctor - As a Test Proctor, you will be teamed up with another community member to administer multiple-choice tests to a classroom of 30 students, monitor test room conduct, and distribute/collect testing materials.  Proctors must be objective and professional, able to clearly read directions aloud, and follow specific testing procedures.  All proctors will attend a brief orientation on the morning of the even. 

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, please contact Ron Segundo at or 714-966-4316


September 27, 2018

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

October  2018

6th/​7th/8th Grade Fall Coaches Meeting (for LAUSD coaches)

October 26, 2018

​6th/7th/8th Grade Intent to Participate Deadline

February 23, 2019

6th/7th/8th Grade Scrimmage​

February  2019

​7th/8th Registration Deadline

March  2019

​​6th Grade Registration Deadline


7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Competition

May 4, 2019

6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Competition


​7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards #1


7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards #2


7th/8th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards #3


6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards #1


6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards #2

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