Grade School Programs

Brain Brawl

The 7th annual Brain Brawl will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The event is free and is open to any area grade schools. The 2016 championship team was a group from Incarnate Word Academy. After an intense eight rounds of the academic challenge event, all teams involved can be proud of their performance.

To participate, schools need to have moderators and form competitive teams of 7th and 8th grade boys and girls (4-person teams, any mix of girls, boys, 7th or 8th graders is fine, subs are allowed, too – most schools usually bring 2 subs).  

It is a day-long (8:30am until about 4pm) Academic Challenge-type event that is held on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School. Last year, 32 teams competed and a good time was had by all. Lunch and snacks are provided for competitors and coaches alike, and all coaches and competitors will receive a t-shirt. The winner of the Brain Brawl gets to display the prestigious Fr. Ober, S.J. “Cup of Knowledge” on its campus for one year. This year the Knights of St. Christopher defeated a worthy Gesu opponent to claim the Fr. Larry Ober, S.J. Cup of Knowledge. CLICK HERE to view photos from the competition.

No other event brings together the best grade schools in the area for one day only to compete for the title of “City Champions.” The event is run by Admissions Director/Latin Teacher/Hockey Coach Patrick O’Rourke ’90 and Math Teacher/Tennis Coach/Academic Decathlon Moderator Jon Barker '87. It's a fun day for the kids and it mimics the arduous Academic Competitions many of them will compete in during high school, so it's a helpful training tool, as well.  

If your school is interested, please contact Mr. O’Rourke at and he will give you more details.