Beginning August 18, 2015, 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, 2015.
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, proctor the online 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 September 18, 2015, for all paid schools. School Bee coordinators who have registered prior to September 18 will receive an email notifying them that materials are available.
The system will generate a printable invoice for schools paying by check to remit with their payment. Schools paying by check must select the check payment option on the registration site by December 18, 2015. Beginning December 19, 2015, the registration fee increases to $120 and only credit card payments are accepted. Purchase orders are not accepted as payment for the Geo Bee.
Schools needing financial support can complete a registration discount request form that will be available here when registration opens.
The school competition must take place by the first week of February 2016. February 5, 2016, is the last date that the school champion may take the qualifying test online to be considered for the state competition. All qualifying tests must be taken online by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 5. No exceptions will be made.
Once all qualifying tests are taken, the student scores are ranked to determine the qualifying students (up to a hundred) for each state competition. Schools and parents/guardians will be emailed to let them know that their student/child qualified. School Bee coordinators and principals only are notified if the student did not qualify.
Results will also be posted on each state Bee site. State competitions will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016.
The champion from each state is invited to compete in the Nat Geo Bee National Championship in Washington, D.C., May 23 to 25, 2016.
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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