Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad


National Science Olympiad Program

The National Science Olympiad program is one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 6400 teams in 50 states. Students who are looking for a competitive experience are encouraged to join one of our teams.

The D39 Olympiad team began in 2013 and has experienced continued success with top-placing teams across a variety of events. District 39 has a competitive Varsity team (grades 7-8) and Junior Varsity team (grades 5-8) that compete at invitational and regional competitions around the Chicago area between December and March. Qualifying teams compete at a state tournament in April.


Competition Info

Competitive Olympiad Program

All students are invited to participate on the D39 Olympiad team. We will be competing in Division B for 6th – 9th graders. Since our 5th graders attend the same school as 6th graders, they are allowed to compete in Division B as part of our JV team.

We anticipate competing with both a Varsity and JV team, each with 15 students at each competition. Per Olympiad rules, each team of 15 students must cover and compete in all 23 of the offered Olympiad events.  Students on the JV and Varsity competition teams should expect to attend practice sessions and events that extend into March. Families are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the competitions (carpools are OK so long as an adult stays on site and remains responsible for the students).  We will also need parent volunteers to assist on competition days as the kids will need to prepare/practice, have snacks/lunch and other issues that may arise.  There is a competitive team member fee to cover competition fees and extra necessary resources.

Students interested in being on the Varsity team must complete a Science Olympiad Varsity Application.  All Varsity competition students must attend ALL invitational, regional, and state (should we qualify) competitions and compete in 3-4 events per competition. They will be expected to attend team practices as well as prepare for their events and work with their team members outside of school. If the number of students interested in the Varsity competition option exceeds 15, we reserve the right to incorporate a selection process. Students who are not selected for the Varsity team may compete on the JV team if they desire. We expect the Varsity team to be comprised of WJHS students who are committed to an extended season of Olympiad and a truly competitive experience.


Our Junior Varsity team will be comprised of students from both HMS and WJHS who are interested in gaining Olympiad experience by competing in at least one competition this season based on enrollment. Please be assured we will do everything possible to honor students’ choices while also creating a JV competition team that is well rounded. The D39 JV competition team is limited to the first 30 HMS and/or WJHS students to register.  JV competition students will be asked to attend some additional sessions to prepare for competitions.  The JV competition team students should be available to attend all competitions and/or note any conflicts in advance.  Please note that participation in the JV Olympiad team will require practice and preparation time outside of the school day.  Parental support aiding these JV team students in their competition preparation is strongly encouraged.  Special note for 5th graders – Olympiad is geared toward 6th-9th graders, so it is a challenging and rigorous program.  D39 is one of the few schools allowed to include 5th graders at competition due to our school model.  Many 5th graders have had tremendous success in Olympiad, but 5th graders may need even more support at home.

We anticipate registering two teams (Varsity and JV) at two local invitationals (practice competitions) as well as the regional Science Olympiad competition.  Based upon our results at the regional competition, we may be asked to compete at the State and even National tournaments.  We will use the same Varsity team for each competition (except in the event subs are needed).  We may enter a different 15 person JV team for each competition.  Accordingly, as a JV team member, your child is guaranteed to compete in at least one event at one competition, based on coordinator discretion and availability for each event.  We hope to include all interested competitors as much as possible, accommodating preferences as best as we can to have full coverage of all events at all competitions.

The competitive Olympiad program seeks to offer all D39 students who choose to experience competition, that chance.  Our goal is not to win at all costs.  At this age, we want kids to enjoy and become inspired by science.  We also want them to receive basic preparation, practice and experience in advance of their high school years at New Trier (which operates a nationally ranked Science Olympiad team).

For current competition schedules, registration forms/applications and deadlines, click HERE. Questions: Please contact Amanda Utynek @


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