Academic Bowl


The Greater Lawrence Academic Bowl is a five month academic competition involving more than 200 7th and 8th grade students from every middle school in Andover as well many schools in Lawrence, St. Augustine School in Andover.  It was started in 1987 as a means of promoting academic excellence and fostering teamwork between neighboring communities. This is our 31st season. For these students the Academic Bowl strives to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Develop their skills
  • Stimulate their imaginations
  • Showcase their talents
  • Strengthen their character
  • Build new friendships, appreciation and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds

The Academic Bowl is produced by the Enrichment Partnership of the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (CREST). It is made possible by a combination of funding including school district support, PTO support, grants, business and private donations, and fundraisers. We are very grateful to our contributors for their generosity and support. The Academic Bowl is unique in that it pairs school from different communities to form teams. Every year the pairing of schools changes.


The matches are played from November to March at the participating schools during school hours. Visitors are always welcome. Transportation is coordinated by the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training. The tournament culminates with an Awards Night in April to which all players and all parents are invited. A final field trip for all the players concludes the season in the spring.


Questions are based on what the students are learning in school, Common Core Standards, current events, general knowledge, specific knowledge about the participating communities, and other areas selected by the advisors. There are many different question formats to appeal to a wide range of learning styles.

The Academic Bowl works with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence and other community groups to create leadership roles for students to build bridges of cooperation and understanding between the communities. The Kiwanis Youth Summit is attended by four 8th grade representative of each school in the Academic Bowl.