California Central Valley Spelling Bee

Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, eight-grader from Folsom Middle School won the 33rd Annual California Central Valley Spelling Bee on March 2, 2016. She represented the Sacramento region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. in May 2016, where came in 3rd place! (Photo credit: Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling)

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 at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. 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 or 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 complete the order form.

2016-2017 Spelling Bee Important Dates

August 22 – October 14, 2016: Early Bird Enrollment period at the official spelling bee website with a discounted fee.

October 15 – December 12, 2016: Regular enrollment with the regular fee.

December 12, 2016: Registration deadline for schools to register their school champion at the National Spelling Bee website here.

January 21, 2017: Written spelling bee for the California Central Valley Spelling Bee will be given to all school winners.

Week of January 23: Results of written bee will be sent to students and teachers. Top students advance to participate in the oral bee.

March 1, 2017:  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.