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. Each year, District 39 aims to have students 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 12/8/2018 Nequa Valley Invitational Tournament 2/9/2019 Mary Murphy Invitational Tournament 3/9/19 College of Lake County Regional Competition TBD after qualifying rounds, the following date: 4/13/2019 State Tournament, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Competitive Olympiad Program

All 7th and 8th students are invited to participate on the 2018-2019 D39 Olympiad team. We will be competing in Division B. Per Olympiad rules, each team of 15 students must cover and compete in all 23 of the offered Olympiad events. Students on the competition team 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 7th/8th Competition Team must complete a Science Olympiad Application. All 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 7th/8th grade competition team exceeds 15, we reserve the right to incorporate a selection process. We expect the team to be comprised of WJHS students who are committed to an extended season of Olympiad and a truly competitive experience.


The competitive Olympiad program seeks to offer 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).

Current application form and deadlines.

Questions: Please contact Liz Gibbs @


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