The Annual Arizona State Spelling Bee is hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Each year, 27 students from across Arizona compete to determine who will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 Arizona Spelling Bee will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 (tentative date, awaiting final confirmation) at Arizona PBS, 500 N. Central Ave., 6th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
In order to participate in the 2018 Arizona Spelling Bee, students must attend a school that is enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Enrollment begins August 22, 2017 through Scripps.
An Arizona student is eligible to compete if he/she has not passed beyond the eighth grade on or before February 1, 2018, and has not reached his/her 15th birthday before August 31, 2017.
Private, public, charter and home school students may compete. There is no minimum grade or age level at the state or national finals; however, spelling bee officials at the classroom, school, or district level may, at their discretion, set a minimum grade and/or age limit. Click here for more details about the requirements for private, charter, and home school student participation.
2018 Arizona State Spelling Bee
August 22 to October 16, 2017: Scripps Early Bird Enrollment
– School Fee: $151
– Home school enrollment fee: $105
October 17, 2017 through December 15, 2017: Scripps Regular Enrollment
– School Fee: $226
– Home school enrollment fee: $180
January 12, 2018
– Schools must hold bees on or before January 12, 2018 to be included in the next level of competition.
– School coordinators must contact their district, LEA, Charter Management Organization/CMO, Education Management Organization/EMO, or equivalent education corporation coordinator (if applicable) or county/regional coordinator if the school is not part of a district, LEA, CMO or EMO to make sure the school bee is planned in time for the winner to be included in the next level of competition.
January 31, 2018
District/Organizational/LEA/CMO/EMO Bees must be held by this date.
February 28, 2018
County and Regional Bees must be held by this date. Suggested dates to hold County and Regional Bees are Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24, 2018.
March 2, 2018
Biography forms from each county/regional winner(s) and a photograph(s) of him/her must be submitted to the Arizona Educational Foundation.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 (tentative; awaiting final confirmation)
The Arizona State Spelling Bee will be held in the early afternoon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Arizona PBS, 500 N. Central Ave., 6th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Late May or Early June 2018
Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington, DC.
Download the 2018 Spelling Bee Instructions and Rules from the right side of this page. If you have questions, contact AEF Staff at email@example.com.
Click here to watch the 2017 Arizona Spelling Bee.