The Fifth Grade Academic Team Tournament begins in January with preliminary competitions in which schools are grouped by geographical areas. The two top-scoring schools from each of these preliminary rounds compete in one of three semifinal rounds in February or early March. The finalists then compete to claim the title of Polk County Champion.

Preliminary and semifinal competitions are open only to staff, students and family members of the competing schools.

2018 Championship Results
Champions - Highlands Grove Elementary - 201 points
Second Place - Jewett School of the Arts - 200 points
Third Place - CODE Academy - 190 points
Finalist - R. Bruce Wagner - 146 points
Finalist - Scott Lake Elementary - 145 points
Finalist - Winston Academy of Engineering - 135 points