Pentathlon (Middle School)

The rapidly-growing Academic Pentathlon program allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon® before entering high school. Here in Alaska, the Academic Pentathlon fosters a greater respect for knowledge, promotes inter-school academic competition, and further develops student communication skills.

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Each student experiences the decathlon challenges of rigorous team and individual competition in five events: 

  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Fine Arts
  • Science 
  • Social Science

Prior to regional and state competitions, students will write an essay. Forty percent of the overall Literature grade will be based on student essays - an excellent opportunity for students to not only demonstrate what they learned but how powerfully they can present an idea!

What constitutes a team?

Pentathlon teams consist of a maximum of nine team members and a minimum of six team members in grades 6–8. Each team must consist of at least two students from each GPA category: honor (3.75-4.00), scholastic (3.00-3.749) and varsity (0.0-2.999). 

State and National Competition Information

All teams will be eligible to participate in the Alaska Academic Pentathlon State Competition, an online event. Following the state meet, trophies will be awarded to the top teams along with medals to individual event winners. Alaska’s winning team will represent Alaska in the U.S. Academic Pentathlon National Competition and will be awarded $5,000 toward travel costs.

All Pentathlon competitions (except for the national competition) take place online in a virtual testing environment so there is no in-state travel required for teams!


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