One team of six fifth grade students and a coach is selected from each elementary school.
The tournament is an academic, quiz-bowl type competition. Each school team consists of six members (four players and two alternates) and a coach. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the subject areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, music, and economics.
The tournament begins with area competitions in January. The final round will be scheduled in March or April. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this competition. There is no charge for admission.
The goal of this academic tournament is to provide an arena of competition in which 5th grade students are challenged to display their knowledge.
Polk County's 5th Grade Academic Team Tournament is sponsored by the School Board of Polk County and the City of Lakeland. We are currently seeking additional sponsors. If interested please contact Lisa W. Rawls, Academic Competitions Coordinator.