Introduction and Overview

students taking tests on computersThe National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics.  The competition is divided into three distinct stages:

Stage 1: An optional Intramural Bee and a mandatory Online Regional Qualifying Exam which students take at school or home, under the supervision of a Sponsor.

Stage 2: The top students from the ORQE compete travel to one the 35 buzzer competitions  across the United States called the Regional Finals.

Stage 3: The top finishers from the Regional Finals are eligible to advance to the National Finals and compete for the title of National History Bee Champion!

There are two ways to register:

School Registration: for any group of students such as a school, family, or homeschool association (Registration Fee — $150)

Individual Registration: for any eligible student who is not otherwise participating under a School Registration (Registration Fee — $75)

Registration Deadline- January 16, 2015

Both School and Individual Registrations should be completed by an adult Sponsor who will proctor Stage 1 and serve as a contact for Stages 2 and 3.

(Stage 1 – optional) Intramural Bee– October 15, 2014 – January 16, 2015
(Stage 1) Online Regional Qualifying Exam – January 5 – January 16, 2015
(Stage 2) Regional Finals – February – April
(Stage 3) National Finals – May 22-24, 2015 (Louisville, KY)

Register Online here or on via Paper here!

We are pleased to announce that registration is already open for the 2014-2015 National History Bee!

You are just a few clicks away from having your child or student join the intensity and fun of America's greatest history competition REGISTER HERE

Want to see sample questions? Want some suggestions on what to study? Want to see how your students would do in the National History Bee? Check our Resources Page!

    The moderator of the National History Bee in Atlanta read a clue about a giant of American space travel: “This man’s most famous quote is missing an ‘a’ because of static.” Brendan Reynolds’s young mind raced with excitement as he hit the buzzer. “Neil Armstrong!” the 14-year-old bespectacled redhead recalled answering. “I had read that he meant Read More…