Fifth Grade Academic Team

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.

Area Competitions

The two teams with the highest scores from each area competition will compete in one of three semifinal rounds to be scheduled during February or early March. The finalist teams will then compete in the County Championship.

2020 Tournament Schedule

The 2020 tournament schedule will be coming soon! The schedule will be posted once it has been finalized.

Semifinal Competitions

The 2019 Semifinal Competitions are scheduled for February 26, 27 and 28. Results will be posted here.

The two teams with the highest scores from each of three semifinal competitions will compete in the County Championship.

County Championship

The County Championship is typically scheduled for late March or early April.


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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 fifth-grade students are challenged to display their knowledge.


Polk County’s Fifth-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 use the contact us button at the top of this page.

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