Orange County Section

International Chemistry Olympiad

The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event in which countries from throughout the world send their four best high school chemistry students to compete against each other. About 80 countries participate in the competition, which is held in a different country each year.

The US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) is a chemistry competition designed to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984. For more information, visit www.acs.org/olympiad.

The ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad is the first step in the US National Chemistry Olympiad. Typically, about forty High Schools from all over Orange County send up to four students each to compete in the Local Section exam, which is usually held in March-April. The top twelve scorers on this exam are eligible to advance to the national round of the competition where each student takes a five-hour exam that includes extensive laboratory work. Approximately 1,000 students across the US advance to this round. Those that score among the top twenty nationally on this test are invited to attend the Olympiad Study Camp. The top four at the Study Camp then go on to represent the US at the International Chemistry Olympiad in July. Over the past twenty-five years, four Orange County schools (Irvine, Sunny Hills, Troy and Valencia) have had students qualify for the US National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp.

This year, the US National Chemistry Olympiad will be held on April 17-23, 2018. The 50th International Chemistry Olympiad will be held jointly in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Prague, Czech Republic, on July 19-29, 2018.

High school teachers and students are invited to participate in the 2018 ACS Orange County Chemistry Olympiad competition to be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018, at the Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center (BSTIC), Irvine Valley College, Irvine CA 92618. (Note: Competitors will have to purchase a parking pass at the kiosk if they wish to park in the campus lot.)

Click on the buttons below for information on how to participate.



Click below for an IVC Campus map and examples of past exams to help students study:



2017 Results
This year 43 schools (a record) with a total of 155 students (another record) competed in the Orange County Section Chemistry Olympiad exam. Twelve students (we had one automatic qualifier) from seven Orange County High Schools qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad competition, of which four finished with High Honors (top 50 in the nation). Only one other Local Section (Indiana) out of the 144 competing Local Sections in the U.S. had more. The students and their teachers from the county are to be commended for this exceptional achievement.
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants
Photos of National Exam Participants

2016 Results
This year 39 schools with a total of 141 students competed in the Orange County Section Chemistry Olympiad exam. 13 students (we had one automatic qualifier) from 9 High Schools from Orange County qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad competition, of which 4 finished with High Honors (top 50 in the nation). Only one other Section in the US had more, and only 4 Sections also had 4 High Honor students like us. This is commendable for a smaller section like ours, especially when one considers the fact that there were 144 participating Local Sections.
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants
Photos of National Exam Participants
Description of the 2016 Chem Oly Summer Training Camp

2015 Results
There were 135 participating students representing 37 different high schools. The average score was 34 out of 60.
Winners from each School
Team Results
National Exam Participants
Photo of National Exam Participants

2014 Results
Winners from each School
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2013 Results
Winners from each School
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National Exam Participants

2012 Results
Winners from each School
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OCACS,  P.O. Box 211,  Placentia, CA 92871

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