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Pentathlon What You'll Learn

With five different subject areas in Academic Pentathlon, and a new curricular theme each year, you will constantly be learning something different. Pentathlon uses the same theme as Academic Decathlon® which can create an entire curriculum. The more years you participate in Pentathlon, the more themes you will master. These themes are developed by our curriculum team with special attention to national content standards. Your participation in Pentathlon will allow you to become more knowledgeable and a stronger all-around student.

The theme for 2017-2018 Pentathlon is Africa.

The 2017-18 United States Academic Pentathlon® theme is “Africa”. Below is a brief summary of the topics covered.

SCIENCE: The science curriculum will focus on an overview of infectious disease, Malaria and Ebola. Click here for the 2017-2018 Science Overview.

LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the novel A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Click here for the 2017-2018 Literature Overview.

FINE ARTS: The fine arts curriculum is a combination of art and music. The guide will focus on the art and music of Africa. Click here for the 2017-2018 Fine Arts Overview.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will provide an introduction to the history of Africa. Click here for the 2017-18 Social Science Overview.

MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover an introduction to the number system, ratios, and geometry. Click here for the 2017-2018 Mathematics Overview.


*All test questions will be derived from the USAP curriculum.