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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 Academic 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 2019-2020 Academic Pentathlon is In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.

The 2019-20 United States Academic Pentathlon theme is In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Below is a brief summary of the topics covered.


SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to the biology of cancer.

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 Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.

FINE ARTS: The fine arts curriculum is a combination of art and music. The guide will focus on the exploration of illness and wellness in art. The music will focus on music across centuries that will allow students to examine the role of mortality in Western art music.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of healthcare.

MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.

United States Academic Pentathlon Curriculum Content and Common Core Standards

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