International Academic Competitions is excited to announce that the 2021 Middle & Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee will be held during Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6, 2021. The Elementary, Middle School, and Junior Varsity division events will be held exclusively in person in Arlington, Virginia, while the Varsity division events will be held exclusively online.

The events that will be held are the National History Bee, National Science Bee, International Geography Bee, US History Bee, National Political Science Bee, US Academic Bee, and National Humanities Bee (please note that the National Sports and Entertainment History Bee will return in spring 2022).

All information for Nationals (including registration forms, hotel reservation information and links, finalized fee structure, and schedule) will be available over the course of the next several days at and

Vaccination, Mask Requirements, and Social Distancing

We expect all participants who are 12 and older to be vaccinated in accordance with CDC recommendations and guidance. All IAC staff on-site will be required to provide proof of vaccination in advance of the event.

While we cannot enforce any additional mask requirements in the public areas of the hotel, we will be enforcing mask requirements in all competition spaces. Matches will be held in larger spaces (eg, not in junior suites) to accommodate social distancing wherever possible.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at