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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 2023-24 United States Academic Pentathlon theme is Technology and Humanity. Below is a brief summary of the topics covered.
The science topic will be an introduction to neuroscience and will include a section on technology and neuroscience.
LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The 2023–2024 novel is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, ISBN-10: 1250768888.
FINE ARTS: The fine arts curriculum is a combination of art and music. The guide will explore technology and art and the musical works used in science-fiction films
SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science topic will be the history of computers.
The mathematics curriculum will cover general mathematics and geometry.

United States Academic Pentathlon Curriculum Content and Common Core Standards

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