Beginning September 15, 2014, paid school employees will register for the National Geographic Bee (Nat Geo Bee) online!
Public schools, private schools, and homeschools with students in any of the grades four through eight in the United States and its territories, as well as Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) are eligible to participate in the Nat Geo Bee.
A minimum of six (6) students from the eligible grade levels must participate in the school competition in order for the school champion to be eligible to qualify for the state competition.
Participating students must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1, 2014.
Students are eligible to compete in any level of the Nat Geo Bee for a period of five years only.
Any paid employee at a public or private school can register the school for the Nat Geo Bee. In the case of homeschools, an individual affiliated with the homeschool group can register the school. In both cases, a School Bee Coordinator must be identified, and that person cannot be a relative or guardian of a student participating in the Nat Geo Bee at their school or any other school.
The school Bee coordinator will receive emails from National Geographic regarding the Bee materials, conduct the school competition, administer the qualifying test to the school winner, score the test, and communicate with National Geographic about the school champion. Registration information needed to register the school includes the school Bee coordinator name and email address, school phone and fax number, the principal’s name and email address, estimated number of years the school has participated in the Nat Geo Bee, and school Bee coordinator position at the school. A username and password must be created on the registration site so that the school Bee coordinator can return to the site and download materials, administer the qualifying test, and report the champion’s score to National Geographic.
The Nat Geo Bee registration fee is $100, and it may be paid by credit card or check. Registering by credit card ensures faster access to the downloadable materials. School competition materials are ready for download beginning November 3, 2014. School Bee Coordinators who have registered prior to November 3 will receive an email notifying them that materials are available. Schools paying by check will receive an automatically generated invoice and address to remit payment. Schools paying by check must submit their payment by January 9, 2015, to ensure check processing and adequate time to administer their school competition and qualifying test. Purchase orders are not accepted.
The school competition must take place by the first week of February 2015. February 6, 2015, is the last date that qualifying test results may be submitted for consideration for the state competition. All qualifying test results must be reported by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 6. No exceptions will be made.
Once all qualifying tests are reported, the student scores are ranked to determine the qualifying students (up to 100) for each state competition. Schools and parents/guardians will be emailed to let them know whether or not their student/child qualified. State competitions will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015.
The champion from each state is invited to compete in the Nat Geo Bee National Championship in Washington, D.C., May 11-13, 2015.
Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography whiz kids will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 to take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.
For Teachers and Parents
Learn more about the new online registration process for qualifying schools: U.S. schools with any grade 4-8.
Every competition has rules—read ours, then let the fun begin!
Wondering how to register for the Bee or how to prepare? Our "Frequently Asked Questions" have the answers!
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