• Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3

Classroom Stage (through January 8, 2018)

The National History Bee starts in the classroom. Sponsors can choose from a variety of optional Classroom Stage activities to determine which students will take the Online Exam.

Regional Finals (February – April)

The highest-scoring students on the Online Exam are invited to attend the Regional Finals, an exciting opportunity for students to display their knowledge and qualify for the National Finals!

National Finals

Qualifiers and Champions are invited to compete in the National Finals. The weekend of National Finals contains additional side competitions and activities for the whole family!


Questions are written and edited by history teachers, professors, and other social studies educators from around the United States. Question content is split evenly between United States and non-United States history and is generally relevant to 5th through 8th grade social studies curricula. Students can prepare by reviewing the official Study Guides and utilizing other Classroom Stage activities.


  • Participants must NOT have completed the 8th grade by September 1, 2017.
  • Participants must be legal residents of the United States.
  • Participants compete in the following divisions:
National History Bee Divisions
Eighth Grade Division (8th Grade)
Seventh Grade Division (7th Grade)
Elementary Division (6th Grade & Under)


  • The registration deadline is January 8, 2018.
  • Sponsors can register by submitting the Online Form or Paper Form
  • The Registration Fee for School Registration is $150 which includes all enrolled students.
  • Students who attend a non-participating school can register as an individual, but must submit a $10 fee as well as an Individual Participation Form.
  • The participation fee for a 2017-2018 homeschool participant, Individual or School, is waived upon submission of the Homeschool Verification Form.
  • We encourage students and schools with financial hardship to contact us about potential registration grants.

Results / Media

Previous results can be found HERE. Media recognition can be found HERE.