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

​ Positive Student Outcomes

Survey results from students who participated in the 2022-23 Academic Pentathlon:

  • 91% reported improved skills in critical thinking
  • 83% reported improved skills in communication
  • 87% reported improved skills in team-work
  • 82% reported development of stronger character traits


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

  • 88% reported that the program helped them to build relationships with their peers
  • 81% reported that the program helped them become more connected at their school

Click here for the full summa​ry o​f our 202​2-2023 survey​​​.​

The team of students also competes in an exciting Super Quiz relay, an event where parents, faculty, and classmates cheer 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.

The Orange County Academic Pentathlon is generously sponsored by Schools First Federal Credit Union. In 1988, Schools First became the primary sponsor of the Pentathlon and continues to provide generous financial and volunteer support annually.  

For additional inf​ormation about Aca​demic Pentathlon, contact Kristin Rigby at or  (714) 966-4435.