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Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, International Academic Competitions (the parent organization of The National History Bee and Bowl) is directly overseeing the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions of the National History Bee and Bowl. From September 2012 through July 2018, these competitions had been overseen by Academic Competition Enterprises though an operating agreement which is no longer in effect.Please see the official website for the National History Bee and Bowl’s Middle School and Elementary School Divisions or email info@iacompetitions.com to find out more about them in detail.

The National History Bee for the Middle School and Elementary School divisions functions somewhat differently than Bee tournaments at the Junior Varsity and Varsity level. For the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions, the National History Bee consists of three stages: the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, the Regional Finals, and the National Championships. The Online Regional Qualifying Exam is offered free of charge to all schools and interested families; separate registration fees are then charged for the Regional Finals and the National Championships for those students who qualify and are interested in attending.

The sign up period for the National History Bee’s Elementary and Middle School Divisions runs each year through around the end of January; on a case by case basis, students and schools may sometimes sign up later if space is still available for the Regional Finals in their region. The Online Regional Qualifying Exam is taken in the month of January, the Regional Finals run from mid-February through mid-April, and the National Championships is usually held in early June. Note that beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, most Regional Finals are held together with a US Academic Bee tournament (open to all in 8th grade and younger) and a National Science Bee (open to qualified students) tournament as well.

Please note that Middle School and Elementary School students are also always welcome to take part in the Junior Varsity division of National History Bee as well. Students who qualify for Junior Varsity Nationals in the National History Bee can attend the National History Bee’s Middle School (if in 6th-8th grade) and Elementary School (if in 5th grade or younger) National Championships as well.

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