The 2023 State Spelling Bee is scheduled for Monday, March 20th at the Bismarck Event Center.

2023 State Spelling Bee Agenda

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.


The State and National registration deadlines have been extended from 12/31/22 to 01/31/23.


State Enrollment

State Enrollment

State Enrollment Deadline: 1/31/2023

State Enrollment Fee: $75

*Homeschools should refer to State Enrollment Form for fee.


Download and print the State Enrollment Form for registering schools and homeschools. The form can be printed and completed manually, or you can open the link, do a “save as” on the Word document, enter the data into the table fields, and print the form. The completed State Enrollment Form should be mailed to the address at the bottom of the form along with a check for the fee payable to “NDACS State Spelling Bee” (unless your County Coordinator provides other direction). NDACS is not set up to accept credit card payments.


Schools must be enrolled BOTH with NDACS for State, and with Scripps for National for students to be eligible to advance from the County Bee level of competition and compete at the State Spelling Bee.


Please note important dates on the 2023 Deadlines for Spelling Bee Enrollment and Competition document.


Scripps National Enrollment

Scripps National Enrollment

National Enrollment Deadline: 1/31/2023

School Enrollment Fee: $175

Homeschool Enrollment Fee $120


*Those completing national enrollment should document the login credentials used for enrollment as this provides access to all Scripps resources and study tools throughout the Bee program year.*


Link for Scripps National Enrollment –

Follow enrollment prompts. Schools should either use the previous year’s login credentials or set up a new account. If the quantity or name of the schools in your area do not match Scripps’ records, please use the Scripps “Contact Us” form at the bottom of the web page to request a database correction before completing national enrollment (for example, if you have one K-12 school building and the Scripps database shows multiple schools).


How to check if your school is enrolled with Scripps -

To check Scripps national enrollment status, use the above link, scroll down to “IS YOUR SCHOOL ENROLLED”, enter the zip code, and click on “CHECK SCHOOL STATUS” to review the national enrollment status for schools in your area.


School / County Bees and Student Registration for State Bee

School / County Bees and Student Registration for State Bee

School Spelling Bee Competition Window: 01/01/2023 – 01/31/2023

County Spelling Bee Competition Window: 02/01/2023 – 02/25/2023

State Spelling Bee Student Data Form Deadline: 02/28/2023


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


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


Each county can send two students from the County Spelling Bee to compete at the State Spelling Bee. Students 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, the county can send an alternate.


Spelling Bee Student Data Form

Spelling Bee Student Data Form

Student Registration Due: 02/28/23

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 by February 28, 2023 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 hotel rooms is reserved at the Ramkota Hotel at a discounted rate. If you would like to reserve a room, please call 701-258-7700 by March 6th and mention “Spelling Bee”.


Study Guides – State (and County) Spelling Bees

Study Guides – State (and County) Spelling Bees

Scripps “2023 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 “2023 Words of the Champions” as well as additional dictionary words that are not included in the study guide.




North Dakota State Spelling Bee

4500 40th Avenue NW

Mandan, ND 58554

Phone: 701-955-4900