Four Orange County teams shine at the 2024 U.S. Academic Pentathlon

  • Fairmont Private Schools’ Historic Anaheim Campus eighth-graders
  • The seventh-grade team from Fairmont Private Schools’ Historic Anaheim Campus secured third place in the State Champion Division.
  • Lakeside Middle School from Irvine Unified took second place in the eighth-grade Invited Division
  • Legacy magnet academy

Four teams of seventh- and eighth-grade students from Orange County participated with more than 700 other young scholars from across the nation in the 2024 United States Academic Pentathlon competition, held May 16 through May 18 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The U.S. Academic Pentathlon is a five-event scholastic competition for middle schoolers, providing the benefits of the Academic Decathlon along with the challenges of rigorous team and individual competition. 

The program strives to foster a greater respect for knowledge, promote healthy inter-school academic competition and further develop student communication skills. This year’s theme was “Technology and Humanity.”

Fairmont Private Schools’ Historic Anaheim Campus had two teams earn honors at the national championship, securing fourth place in the Eighth Grade State Champion Division and third place in the Seventh Grade State Champion Division.

Legacy Magnet Academy in the Tustin Unified School District triumphed in the Seventh Grade Invited Division, earning first place. Lakeside Middle School from Irvine Unified took second place in the Eighth Grade Invited Division.

This division invites schools to compete based on previous achievements or qualifying criteria, allowing those that excelled in regional or state competitions but did not qualify for the state champion division to showcase their academic talents on a national level.

Combined, Orange County’s teams brought home a total of 64 individual medals, showcasing their academic achievements and dedication.

Academic pentathlon teams consist of students in three different grade-point average categories: Honor (those with GPAs of 3.75 or above), Scholastic (GPAs of 3.00 to 3.74) and Varsity (GPAs of 2.99 or below). These categories ensure all students have an opportunity to compete.

All four OC teams completed five timed tests in literature, science, social science, fine arts and mathematics, and participated in the Super Quiz on May 17. The event, designed to challenge middle school students with rigorous team and individual competition, concluded the next day with an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements.

For a complete list of team and individual honors, visit