Camarillo Academic Olympics (CAO)

What are the Camarillo Academic Olympics?

The Camarillo Academic Olympics (CAO) began in 1983 as a community project, spearheaded by Rick Smith, a Camarillo visionary.  Mr. Smith was inspired by the 1984 Olympic summer games that would be held the following year in Los Angeles.  While the Olymjpics showcased the world's greatest athletes, Mr. Smith developed a competition to recognize and honor the academic achievement of younger scholars. 

This biannual program allows 4th - 8th grade students to participate in up to three areas of study, including Science, Math, History, Current Events, Language Arts, Creative Arts, Speech, and Geography.  Participating students will compete first at the classroom level.  The students with the top 4 scores will advance to the City Preliminaries. Students with the top 6 scores in the City Preliminaries will advance to the City Level. 

In addition, each school will be able to enter 5 students as a team for the City SuperQuiz Competition.

Round 1 Information:  Students will be called to test during their scheduled time (Mrs. Hatton will make an announcement).  All students participating will receive a certificate. Top scorers will earn ribbons in each grade level, and the top 4 students in each subject go on to represent Las Colinas at City Preliminaries.


Important Dates for 2019-2020 School Year

  • Student Registration: OPEN UNTIL 12-31-19

  • CAO Round 1 (school level) testing: January 21 -24, 2020

  • CAO City Preliminaries: February 10-14, 2020

  • CAO City Finals (City Hall): March 2 & 5, 2020

  • Superquiz Preliminaries (Monte Vista):  2021

  • SuperQuiz Finals & CAO Awards Ceremony:  2021

Round 1 Testing Schedule:

  • Art: Still life drawing, bring a pencil and eraser 

    • TBD

  • Creative Writing:  Narrative writing based on a choice of story starters.

    • TBD

  • Speech:  Expository/Demonstration Speech

    • TBD

  • Academic Tests (All Other Tests): Multiple Choice

    • Students taking 1 Academic Test: TBD

    • Students taking 2 Academic Tests: TBD

    • Students taking 3 Academic Tests:  TND

Questions?  Contact Debbie Speth