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The 2024 State Spelling Bee will be held on Monday, March 18th at the Bismarck Event Center. 


The North Dakota Spelling Bee program is funded primarily by sponsor grants. The program is managed and administered by the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents (NDACS).


The North Dakota Spelling Bee consists of three levels of competition: school, county, and state. It is open to students from public schools, private schools, and homeschools (or school district-based homeschool associations).


Public, private, and homeschools all need to enroll with state AND national to have their students eligible to advance from the county bee competition to the State Spelling Bee in March.


State Enrollment

State Enrollment

State Enrollment Deadline: 01/31/24 

Public or Private School Fee: $80 per school  

Homeschool Fee: $8 per student* 

*Homeschools should calculate “per student” fees based upon the quantity of ALL students attending the homeschool, regardless of participation in the local spelling bee.  


New this year is ONLINE REGISTRATION. Please complete and select your form of payment. You have the option to pay online via PayPal or mail a check to the address at the bottom of this page.  


Schools must be enrolled BOTH with state and national for students to be eligible to advance from the county bee competition to the State Spelling Bee.  


Please note important dates on the 2024 Deadlines for Spelling Bee Enrollment and Competition document.


Scripps National Enrollment

Scripps National Enrollment

National Enrollment Deadline: 10/31/23  

Public or Private School Fee: $180 per school* 

      *Increases to $199 after 10/31/23 until 01/31/24 

Homeschool Fee: $135 per school* 

      *Homeschools may enroll with at this rate until 01/31/24 


Late Enrollment Deadline: 01/31/24  

Public or Private School Fee: $199 per school 

Homeschool Fee: $135 per school 


When you enroll your school with Scripps, you’ll receive: 

  • Official study lists, organized by grade level. 

  • Official competition lists for use in conducting Classroom and School Spelling Bees. 

  • The Great Words, Great Works book list with all source books for words on the School Spelling Bee Study List, organized by reading level. 

  • Words of the Champions, the 4,000-word study guide for school champions. 

  • Access to the Online Testing Platform (OTP), a tool that gives educators the flexibility to administer a school spelling bee program via online tests. 

  • How-to guides and trainings for School Spelling Bee Coordinators. 

  • Supplemental vocabulary materials for classroom and school levels. 

  • A one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids (a $74.95 value) to award to a participant in your school spelling bee program. Enroll before September 29th for a SECOND FREE SUBSCRIPTION! 


How to check if your school is enrolled with Scripps - 

Click on the link above and type in your school’s zip code. 


School & County Spelling Bees

School & County Spelling Bees

School Spelling Bee Competition Window: 01/01/2024 – 01/31/2024 

County Spelling Bee Competition Window: 02/01/2024 – 02/24/2024 

State Spelling Bee Student Data Form Deadline: 02/28/2024 


School Spelling Bees – Enrollment with Scripps provides access to tools for the school level of competition. 


County Spelling Bees – The Scripps Regional Qualifier Competition List for use at the county level competition will be emailed to each county coordinator in December. Information packets to provide to county winners advancing to the state competition will be emailed to county coordinators in January. 


Each county can send two students from the County Spelling Bee to compete at the State Spelling Bee. Competitors must be from schools that are fully enrolled with state AND national prior to the deadlines.  If a county winner or runner-up is unable to attend, an alternate may be sent.  


State Spelling Bee Student Data Form

State Spelling Bee Student Data Form

Student Registration Due: 02/28/24

Please complete the online Student Data Form for each county winner advancing to the State Spelling Bee. Submit one registration per student. This information must be submitted online for students to have information printed in the participants booklet at the State Spelling Bee.


For those traveling to Bismarck the night before the event, a block of rooms is reserved at the Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center at a discounted rate. If you would like to reserve a room, please call 701-660-8063 by March 4th and mention “Spelling Bee”.


Scripps Study Guide

Scripps Study Guide

Scripps “2024 Words of the Champions” is the official study guide of the State Spelling Bee. Schools have access to this study guide with their Scripps login and password. Please note that the oral session at the State Spelling Bee will consist of words from “2024 Words of the Champions” as well as additional dictionary words (from Merriam-Webster Unabridged) that are not included in the study guide. 


North Dakota Spelling Bee 

C/O Miranda Streifel, Director 

Phone:  701-955-4900