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Pentathlon What You'll Learn

With five different subject areas in 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 2016-2017 Pentathlon is World War II.

The 2016-17 USAD® Pentathlon theme is “World War II”. Below is a brief summary of the topics covered.

SCIENCE: The science curriculum will focus on the atom, radioactivity and nuclear reactions. Click here for the 2016-2017 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 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Click here for the 2016-2017 Literature Overview.

FINE ARTS: The fine arts curriculum is a combination of art and music. The guide will focus on the art and music before, during, and after World War II.  Click here for the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Overview.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover World War II. Click here for the 2016-2017 Social Science Overview.

MATHEMATICS: The Mathematics curriculum will cover an introduction to algebra and trigonometry. Click here for the 2016-2017 Mathematics Overview.


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