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RECENTLY AT LAUSD’S ACADEMIC pentaTHLON

On February 27, 2021, Pentathlon students completed this year's Scrimmage Competition online.  The Pentathlon students were 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  In this competition, students took a total of five tests on the subject of Literature, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. 

2021 Pentathlon Scrimmage Competition Test Results

 

6th Grade 

Top Schools
School Score          
Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter 13200
Reseda Charter High School 11813
Young Oak Kim Academy 11224
Top Student Overall Scores by Category
School Name Category Score                            
Paul Revere Middle School Jackson Perkins Honor 2904
Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter Naomi Goldman Scholastic 2967
Reseda Charter High School Anton Melnik Varsity 2187

 

 

7th Grade

Top Schools
School Score          
John Burroughs Middle School 11546
Vista Middle School 10518
Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter 8439
Top Student Overall Scores by Category
School Name Category Score                            
Sepulveda Middle School Joel Lee Honor 2766
John Burroughs Middle School Emmanuel Ramirez‐Recinos Scholastic 2335
John Burroughs Middle School Leo Ramirez‐Sanchez Varsity 2565

 

 

8th Grade

Top Schools
School Score          
Lake Balboa College Prep Magnet K‐12 11894
Vista Middle School 10584
Holmes Middle School 10439
Top Student Overall Scores by Category
School Name Category Score                               
John Burroughs Middle School Hillary Tong Honor 3616
Lake Balboa College Prep Magnet K‐12 Emely Cartagena Scholastic 3010
Holmes Middle School Derek Gorghi-Connelly Varsity 2067

 

what is academic pentathlon?

Academic Pentathlon is an exciting five-event competition for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. The program engages students of all achievement levels in a variety of challenging academic events, while also preparing them to participate in Academic Decathlon.

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

Next year’s topic was just announced as Water: A Most Essential Resource. Signing up early allows schools to plan ahead their budgeting for instructional materials and staffing, recruit students and coaches, as well as determine meeting times.

Middle schools who are interested qualify for free curriculum, resources, competition registration, and Beyond the Bell support. If interested, please fill out the Intent to Participate form.

For Students and Parents who would like to sign up for the Academic Pentathlon team at your school, please fill out our Student Sign-up Form.

2021 Water theme

Competition format

ESSAY

An essay will be completed approximately three weeks before the competition and it will count for 40% of the student's Literature grade. The essay is a chance for the student to demonstrate not just what they have learned, but how powerfully they can present an idea.

  EXAMS

   Students will take an exam in each of the following topics:

  • Fine Arts (Music and Art)
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
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2020-21 KEY DATES

 

Date/Time

Activity/Location

 

March 11, 2021

DUE: Team Registration Documents

 

March 25, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Virtual Competition - Essay (online)

 

April 10, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Virtual Competition - Objective Tests & Super Quiz (TBD)

 

April 24, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LAUSD Regional Awards Ceremony (TBD)

 

May 20-22, 2021

Virtual National Competition (TBD)

 

Benefits

Academic Pentathlon is designed for students to become more knowledgeable and a stronger all around student.

Survey results of students who participated in the 2017-18 Academic Pentathlon shows that:

  • 94% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 82% reported improved skills in communication
  • 87% reported improved skills in teamwork
  • 64% reported improved creativity
  • 77% reported development of stronger character traits

Email: academic.decathlon@lausd.net


Luis Mora | Enrichment Programs Administrator | Beyond the Bell | LAUSD | 213-241-7900