Spelling Bee

2020-21 UPDATE

As we head into to 2020-21 academic events seasons, the Riverside Office of Education realizes that students, teachers, and families are eager to find out what the competition environment will consist of for students. Over the past few months national, state, and county coordinators have been actively discussing, planning, and creating virtual and blended models in response to current public health restrictions. 

In the next few weeks, you can expect to learn about:

    1. RCOE’s event rulebooks with updated procedures for virtual and possibly blended competition settings.
    2. Riverside County student event registration information
    3. State and National Competition Updates

RCOE wants to express gratitude in all those that are working to create the best possible learning environments for all students during the current circumstances and your patience as our staff and event partners put the finishing touches on the 2020-21 Academic Events. We want to ensure you that the safety of our students, staff, and families has been and will continue to be our number one priority.

Grades 4-8

The Spelling Bee competition is for students in grades 4 through 8.  The Bee helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage.

Students study the correct spelling of words from prepared study lists and participate in “round” competition in which contestants are eliminated as they misspell a word. Students prepare for the county Spelling Bee using materials provided by Scripps through school enrollment.

Within Riverside County, the competition begins at the school level, with winners advancing to a district competition, then to the county level.  The top speller in the county Bee advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, courtesy of our sponsor, the Riverside County Press-Enterprise.

Congratulations to the 2020 Riverside County Spelling Bee Finalists

Join us in celebrating the Riverside County finalists’ many spelling bee and academic accomplishments!

2020-2021 Important Dates*

May 1 – December 18, 2020
Scripps Enrollment Period**
Enroll on the Scripps Spelling Bee Website
Early enrollment $175 per school May 1 – October 16, 2020
Regular enrollment $250 per school October 17 – December 18, 2020
Frequently Ask Questions
**All spellers in the Riverside County Spelling Bee must be from a school that has enrolled and paid the enrollment fee to Scripps by December 20, 2020.  Independent home-schooled students must also enroll in Scripps by December 20, 2020 to participate within their local public school, with approval of the school.  To enroll, visit the Scripps Spelling Bee website during the enrollment period.
September 23, 2020
Spelling Bee District Coordinator’s Orientation Meeting
via Zoom Web Conference | 4:00 p.m.
February 16, 2021
All district and/or private, parochial, or charter school Spelling Bees to be completed by this date
February 23, 2021

Riverside County Spelling Bee Registration Deadline
March 23, 2021
Riverside County Spelling Bee Competition
Location TBD | 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday – Thursday,
June 1-3, 2021
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland***

*Dates subject to change.    ***Location subject to change (in-person, remote/hybrid).


Spelling Bee Information Packet (will be available September 2020)

Registration Form (will be available September 2020)

Student Participation Form (will be available September 2020)