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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 2020-2021 Academic Pentathlon is the Cold War.

The 2021-22 United States Academic Pentathlon theme is the Water: A Most Essential Resource. Below is a brief summary of the topics covered.


SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to marine biology.

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 ISBN 978-0-547-57731-9.

FINE ARTS: The fine arts curriculum is a combination of art and music. The guide will focus on the impact of water on art and will explore the many ways water has influenced music.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will be the impact of water on human history.

MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover an overview of probability, permutations and combinations, statistics and algebra.

United States Academic Pentathlon Curriculum Content and Common Core Standards

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