The National History Bee’s Middle School & Elementary School Divisions will comprise four stages during the 2018-2019 academic year. The first two stages are 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 2018-2019
- Optional Intramural Competitions – This is not required by the National History Bee, but many schools hold an in-school competition to determine which students will be allowed to take the free Online Regional Qualifying Exam, or just for a further competition opportunity. Log in to your sponsor page and click on the button there to register for these questions. There will be two options: a 50-question multiple choice exam in PDF format and a series of 100 short questions that can be used for a “spelling bee” style tournament done at your institution. Sample questions for both formats are available on this page.
- Online Regional Qualifying Exam – Once you have logged in to your sponsor account and registered to have students take the ORQE, you will be sent a link to the exam. Until midnight on the evening of January 25, students will be able to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam for the National History Bee. These exams may be administered at the student’s school under supervision or at home under supervision for homeschooled students and others as needed. There will be no cost for students to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam this academic year. 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. Sponsor numbers can be found on this spreadsheet. If your name is not listed, it is most likely that you have not yet logged in and registered to have students take the ORQE.
- Regional Finals – Dates and locations for the 2019 National History Bee Regional Finals have yet to be finalized, but these will be held between February 16 and April 14, 2019. We are planning approximately 40 Regional Finals throughout the USA – these will be determined by early January. Most Regional Finals will be held in conjunction with the National Science Bee and the US Academic Bee on the same date at the same location. The Middle School and Elementary School Regional Finals will cost $35 per student in 2019.
- National Championships – The National Championships of the National History Bee will be held in conjunction with the National Championships of the National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, and US Academic Bee and Bowl as well as the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions of the National History Bowl, US Geography Olympiad, and International Geography Bee. The National Championships will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, outside Chicago, from June 7-10, 2019. Students will qualify for the National Championships based on their finish at the Regional Finals. Specific qualification requirements will be announced at a later date. The costs of Nationals for each student have yet to be determined but will be approximately $125 in 2019.
The National History Bee is actively working to secure hosts for its 2019 Regional Finals. These Regional Finals will be held from February 16 to April 14, 2019. Current regions within which we are actively planning to hold competitions are listed below. If your school is interested in hosting a Regional Final, please click here for more information and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to discuss details with you.
Additionally, if you believe that your region is not listed below but has enough local interest to potentially host a Regional Final, we would also be interested in discussing that with you.
Planned Regional Finals locations and projected dates for these can be found here.