California Central Valley Spelling Bee

The Sacramento Bee is proud to offer students an opportunity to participate in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee. The champion wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The spelling bee is open to students in grades 3-8 who attend school in Colusa, El Dorado, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties.

There are three levels of competition in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee. The first level happens at your school. A spelling bee coordinator (usually a teacher, parent or community volunteer) at your school has the very important job of finding the school’s top speller. Many schools conduct their own school-wide spelling bees.

The best speller from each school advances to the next round, which is a written test conducted by The Sacramento Bee. Only one speller from each school may attend. Usually 150-200 students participate in the written spelling bee. The 50-60 best spellers will be invited to the oral spelling bee.

The third level of competition is the regional oral spelling bee. This happens every year in March in the Sacramento region. The general public is invited to attend. The winner of the oral spelling bee will represent the Central Valley region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., expenses paid by sponsors of the event. The national spelling bee is an event that takes almost an entire week in late May/early June.

There is an enrollment fee for each school. Your school will receive study words for students, pronouncer guides, rules, certificates and more. Click here to learn more and register your school and/or champion.

Thank you to our  2018 Spelling Bee sponsors!




2018 Spelling Bee Champ, Samhita Kumar, 7th grader from Winston Churchill Middle School in Carmichael. She represented our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May, 2018.

2017-2018 Spelling Bee Important Dates (specific dates TBA)

August 22 – October 2017 : Early Bird Enrollment period at the official spelling bee website with a discounted fee.

October – December 2017 : Regular enrollment with the regular fee.

December 12, 2017 : Registration deadline for schools to register their school champion at the National Spelling Bee website here.

January 13, 2018: Written spelling bee for the California Central Valley Spelling Bee will be given to all school winners.

End-January 2018: Results of written bee will be sent to students and teachers. Top students advance to participate in the oral bee.

March 7, 2018: California Central Valley Spelling Bee (the oral competition) will be take place at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA, the event begins at 9:30 AM.

Click here to find out more about the National Spelling Bee.

For questions, contact us here.