enroll today and join the hive!

Enrollment for the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee is open! Enroll your elementary or middle school today and give your students the words they need to shine their light on the world.


Inspire a love of learning. Your students will...

  • Develop language skills and increase their vocabularies

  • Practice poise under pressure

  • Strengthen life skills including work ethic

  • Build confidence and have fun!
Scripps National Spelling Bee Enrollment

the A to Z of joining the Bee

Educators enroll elementary and middle schools at spellingbee.com. Choose to participate with in-person, online and hybrid options. Enrollment is open from August 22, 2023, to January 31, 2024.* The enrollment cost is $180 for schools that enroll by October 31, 2023, and $199 for the remainder of the enrollment period.  *Restrictions apply in some areas

School Bee Coordinators access study materials and word lists through an online portal of resources and distribute these materials to other educators and students at their schools.

Throughout the fall, educators administer Classroom and School Spelling Bees using resources provided as part of a school's enrollment. Schools celebrate school champions who will head off to compete in the next round of their area's spelling bee program.

School champions compete in Regional Qualifier and Regional Spelling Bees sponsored by regional partners across the country.

Regional champions study for the National Competition and register for Bee Week, a week-long celebration of academic achievement filled with events and special programming.

In May, spellers arrive in the Washington, D.C., area to take part in the Bee Week experience, and a national Champion is declared during a nationally televised live broadcast.

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what do you receive for enrolling with the Bee?

For $180 per school, if enrolled by October 31, we provide everything you need to organize Classroom and School Spelling Bees plus the pathway for your school champion to compete in your community's regional spelling bee program.

These resources are all found within the exclusive educators-only section of spellingbee.com when your school enrolls:

study lists

Official study lists for your students, organized by grade level

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Words of the Champions, the 4,000-word study guide for school champions

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Supplemental vocabulary materials for classroom and school levels

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Official competition lists for use in conducting Classroom and School Spelling Bees

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Access to the Online Testing Platform, a tool that gives educators the flexibility to administer a school spelling bee program via online tests (Available September 29)


Customizable certificates for your participants and school champion

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The Great Words, Great Works book list with all source books for words on the School Spelling Bee Study List, organized by reading level

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How-to guides and trainings for School Spelling Bee Coordinators

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A one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids (a $74.95 value) to award to a participant in your school spelling bee program – enroll before September 29 for a second free subscription!

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think you're already enrolled?

Enter your school's zip code below to check your enrollment status for the 2023-2024 school year.

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giving students the words they need

"The Bee supports my goal to inspire students’ love of reading. There might be a child who doesn't want to pick up a book, but they'll dig into a list of words and a dictionary to figure out what they really mean."

— Courtney Sutton, fifth grade teacher at Austin Elementary School

The Scripps Cup

bee-come your district's spelling champion

Enroll multiple schools from your district at once using our new district access enrollment system and give even more students the resources to begin their spelling bee journeys.

ready to get buzzing?

start the enrollment process today