Academic Competitions and Tests



The following are the academic tests and competitions in which John Jay High School currently participates:


 The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours 

The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Students in grades 7-12 participate in the Secondary Contest. Students enter via their French teacher.  All students are eligible.

There are two categories of awards: Chapter and National. Chapters offer prizes to those students who are among the top percentiles at the Chapter level for each level and division. National prizes are subsidized out of the fees paid by each entrant. National Prizes include Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and Honorable Mention certificates.

 The National Latin Exam

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. On the Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices.

The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.



Regeneron STS  - for seniors

Students perform independent science research at school, at a research institution, in the field, or at home. Frequently this research spans a year or more.  They write a research report that would model a journal article explaining their experiments and conclusions.

All Regeneron STS entrants receive a digital badge in recognition of their completion of the application. Entrants may also be awarded a Research Report and/or Student Initiative badge for their well-written college-level research report and/or their extraordinary effort and accomplishment relative to the resources available to them. These are awarded via the same process used to select entries for the awards listed below.

Three hundred scholars are awarded $2,000; with an additional $2,000 going to their high schools to support STEM education. All 40 finalists win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the Regeneron Science Talent Institute where they explain their research to some of the country’s top scientists and compete for the top 10 awards. The top award is $250,000.

Learn more about Regeneron STS here:

 Google Science Fair

Google Science fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.   Google Science Fair partners with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic to offer some unbelievable awards.

The projects that have attempted to solve engineering challenges will be eligible to win the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award or the LEGO® Education Builder Award.

The projects that offer a new way to look at the world, asking questions and answering them with experimentation will be eligible to win the National Geographic Explorer Award or Scientific American Innovator Award.

The 16 global finalists, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA to present their project to the judges and compete for the awards listed above.


Every ISWEEEP competitor has accepted the challenge to find and utilize Earth’s renewable resources. Their projects capture the focus and determination of realizing that dream. The International Sustainable World (Engineering Energy Environment) Project Olympiad draws hundreds of the brightest STEM-focused students in the world together each year to compete in a fun and collaborative environment.

Students across the globe accept the challenge of solving the world’s most pressing needs. ISWEEP and their corporate sponsors present more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships to student scientists from approximately 60 countries, including the United States, who compete with projects exploring topics such as renewable energy, sustainable development and medical breakthroughs.

 The competition is open to all high school students up to age 21, grades ninth through the first semester of college.

  • Contestants qualify through one of ISWEEEP’s affiliated science fairs, or after a proposal is chosen by the ISWEEEP Scientific Review Committee.
  • A student, or group of students, may not enter more than one project each year.
  • The project must be conducted within 12 months of the competition.
  • The same project may not be re-entered unless it is a continuation to the project or changes have been made to it.