Academic Pentathlon

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School proudly participates in the annual Orange County Academic Pentathlon sponsored by the Orange County Department of Education.


The Academic Pentathlon prepares students for success in college and careers by building 21st century skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and character.


The Academic Pentathlon is an exciting five-event competition for grades six, seven, and eight. Each year, a new theme is selected and shaped the entire course of studies for the whole competition.


Under the guidance of a faculty advisor and parents volunteering as coaches, teams of students prepare for competition in five subject areas:

  • Fine Arts (art and music)
  • Literature (including essay analysis),
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science


The program encourages and rewards academic excellence among students of all ability levels emphasizing cooperation and teamwork to maximize learning. Each grade level team consists of nine students from each of the following grade point average (GPA) categories:


Honor (GPA 3.75-4.00)

Scholastic (GPA 3.00-3.74)

Varsity (GPA 0.00-2.99)


Each grade level also competes in an exciting Super Quiz relay, a team event where parents, faculty, and classmates cheer for their teams from the sidelines, championing academics much like the environment of a sporting event. 


Individual Awards: Students compete against their own grade level and within their respective GPA category. For each GPA category, medals are presented to the top individuals in each subject area as well as the highest scoring individuals overall. 

Team Awards: Medals and plaques are presented to the top Super Quiz teams and highest scoring teams overall.