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As the 2021-22 LAUSD Academic Pentathlon comes to an end, we would like to congratulate all the students who participated in the program. Your dedication and hard work made this program very successful.  We hope you've enjoyed this year's theme and learned some valuable information about Water.

Congratulations to our winning schools: Reseda Charter High School (6th Grade Team), Vista Middle School (7th Grade Team), and Louis Armstrong Middle School (8th Grade Team).

Below are a few of this year’s winners. For a full list of winners, please see our 3rd Annual Academic Pentathlon Program or watch our Awards Program Video.

                                                        3rd Annual Academic Pentathlon Program              3rd Annual Academic Pentathlon Award Video    

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2021-22 LAUSD Academic Pentathlon Top-Scoring Team 

Reseda Charter High School (6th Grade)  

(Coaches: Emily Bliss, Principal: Melanie Welsh) 

Vista Middle School (7th Grade)  

(Coaches: Allison Gorjian, Principal: Pia Damonte)

Louis Armstrong Middle School (8th Grade)  

(Coaches: Felicia Drew, Principal: Felicia Drew)


District-Wide Top-Scoring Individual  

Maria Afzal (6th Grade)

(Paul Revere Middle School)

Paisley Dushane (7th Grade)

(Hale Charter Academy)

Sarang Krishna (8th Grade)

(Hale Charter Academy)


Most Improved Team Award  

Vista Middle School  

Coach: Allison Gorjan and Ruby Coleman

Principal: Pia Damonte


Coach of the Year 

Coach: Emily Braverman

Reseda Charter High School

Principal: Melanie Welsh 


Administrators of the Year 

Principal: Melanie Welsh

Reseda Charter High School 


what is academic pentathlon?

Academic Pentathlon is an exciting five-event competition for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The program engages students of all achievement levels in a variety of challenging academic events, while also preparing them to participate in Academic Decathlon.

Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams of students prepare for competition in subject areas of fine arts (art and music), literature (including essay analysis), math, science, and social science.

Next year’s topic was just announced as The American Revolution and The New Nation. Signing up early allows schools to plan ahead their budgeting for instructional materials and staffing, recruit students and coaches, as well as determine meeting times.

Middle schools who are interested qualify for free curriculum, resources, competition registration, and Beyond the Bell support. If interested, please fill out the Intent to Participate form.

For Students and Parents who would like to sign up for the Academic Pentathlon team at your school, please fill out our Student Sign-up Form.

Competition format


An essay will be completed approximately three weeks before the competition and it will count for 40% of the student's Literature grade. The essay is a chance for the student to demonstrate not just what they have learned, but how powerfully they can present an idea.


   Students will take an exam in each of the following topics:

  • Fine Arts (Music and Art)
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

2022-23 KEY DATES





March 18, 2023



April 14, 2023

LAUSD Online Essay Tests


April 22, 2023

*LAUSD Competition - Online Objective Tests and Super Quiz (In-person)


May 6, 2023

LAUSD Awards Ceremony


May 18-20, 2023

USAD National Competition



Academic Pentathlon is designed for students to become more knowledgeable and stronger all-around students as well as experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual academic competition.  


Students will also be able to: 

• Strengthen self-esteem. 

• Build character, grit, and perseverance.  

• Improve academic achievement and skills. 

• Develop team spirit and school pride.

• Foster communication and collaboration.


Dr. Neena Agnihotri | Academic Decathlon/Pentathlon Coordinator | Beyond the Bell | LAUSD | 213-241-7900