General Information for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The National History Bee’s Middle & Elementary School Division will comprise three stages during the 2020-2021 academic year. They will all be held online. The first stage is offered free of charge; registration fees on a per student basis are charged for students who attend the Regional Finals and National Championships.

Students in 8th grade and younger are also permitted to compete in the National History Bee Junior Varsity Division – click here for further information on how the JV Division works for younger students.

Middle School & Elementary School National History Bee Stages for 2020-2021

  1. Online Regional Qualifying ExamSponsor registration is open, and the Online Regional Qualifying Exam for the National History Bee is also open and will stay open until midnight PST on the evening of February 21, 2021. This exam may be administered at the student’s school under supervision or at home under supervision for students engaging in remote learning due to Covid-19, homeschooled students, and others as needed.
    There is no cost for students to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam. All students are encouraged to participate. Scores on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam will be utilized to determine which students have qualified for the Regional Finals. Scores will not be made public.
  2. Regional Finals – The 2021 National History Bee Regional Finals will take place in February and March entirely online and will cost $40 per student. Their exact dates will be posted on the page here as soon as they are finalized. The top half students in each division at the Regional Finals will qualify for the National Championships, and the top quarter will qualify for the International History Olympiad.
  3. National Championships – The National Championships of the National History Bee will be held September 3-6, 2021 in conjunction with the National Championships of the National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, National Political Science Bee, US History Bee and International Geography Bee. It will cost $125 for each student to participate in the National History Bee at the National Championships. The top half students at the National Championships will qualify for the next International History Olympiad, which will be held in summer 2022.