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National Geographic GeoBee

2017-2018 Homeschool GeoBee

Sponsored by Homeschooler Link


Competition Date is set for January 16th 6:00p.m.

at Encouragers Church (8759 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, O'Fallon, MO 63366)

enter lower level at the back of the church

We will have a practice round and answer any questions about the GeoBee on December 19th, 6:30pm, at the Spencer Library in room 212.

Please register to be a part of the 2017-2018 National GeoBee through Homeschooler Link.  It is FREE to participate the GeoBee. This event is open to all homeschool families, regardless of group membership.  To qualify, your student must be in grades 4-8.  The grade levels will be based on the ages for the grades your child would normally be in.  We will have an informational meeting and practice on December 5, 2018 to help the students get a feel for what the bee is going to be like.  

This competition has seven different categories of questions and several have a multiple choice answer.  The students with the most correct answer out of seven proceeds to the next round.  This is not a “miss one question and you’re out” type of competition.  The questions start out fairly easy and get harder as they progress.  There is a "study corner" on their website (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/) to help your student prepare.  The Bee will cover many geography items such as, but not limited to: countries, states, capitals, major cities, rivers, oceans, jungles, volcaoes, islands, significant landmarks, and more.

Our local GeoBee competition will be held on January 16, 2018 at Encouragers Church (8759 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, O'Fallon, MO 63366).

The student who wins our local GeoBee will then complete an online test to qualify for the state bee.  This test must be completed by February 2, 2108

The State Bee will be held on April 6, 2018 in Columbia, MO.

The National Bee will be held on May 20-23, 2018 in Washington DC.

Please be sure that you qualify to participate in the GeoBee by reading the rules below.

Homeschool Rules

The National Geographic Bee is a competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). Schools with students in any of the grades four through eight are eligible for this educational and entertaining contest. Registration is not open to individual students.

  • For the purposes of the National Geographic Bee, our staff may assign a name for the homeschool group that reflects the area in which it is located.
  • A homeschool group or association can register their group for the National Geographic Bee.  However, parents, guardians or relatives of competing students cannot register the homeschool or become the school Bee coordinator.
  • The school Bee coordinator for a homeschool group or association must not have any children participating in any National Geographic Bee. The coordinator will be responsible for downloading the Bee materials, administering the contest, and communicating with National Geographic about the school champion.
  • A minimum of six (6) students from any of the eligible grades must be physically present and participate in the school level competition in order for the school champion to take the qualifying test and be considered for possible advancement to the state Bee. "Virtual" school Bees are not permitted.
  • Bee materials are the property of the registered homeschool and may not be transferred or used by another homeschool.
  • School Bee materials may not be shared in hard copy or electronic form with any parents of competing students, either before or after the school Bee.
  • The recording of school Bees is not permitted. Posting or sharing of videos of school Bees gives an unfair advantage to students at schools that have not yet held their Bees. The school Bee coordinator must ensure that the school Bee is not recorded in any form, including written notes, audio, or video, by participants or event attendees without prior permission from the National Geographic Bee executive director.

Student Eligibility

  • A homeschool student can participate in a school Geo Bee within their own homeschool association, or in any homeschool Geo Bee group within their state.
  • A student participating with a homeschool group must be a homeschool student.  Conversely, students enrolled in conventional public or private schools may not compete as part of a homeschool association’s Bee.  A homeschool student can only participate in one homeschool Bee per calendar year.
  • Previous recipients of National Geographic Bee scholarships are ineligible to participate. Children of National Geographic employees may participate in the school Bee, but are not permitted to advance beyond the school level. They may not take the state Bee qualifying test.
  • Students must be in grades four through eight and must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1, 2017. A student is eligible to participate in the Bee for no more than five years total.
  • Students in the eligible grade levels must be following a school schedule and academic course load comparable to the majority of the student’s grade mates and age mates. A student may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level during the academic year.
  • Students and their parents, guardians, and relatives must not have obtained, have had in their possession, or have seen copies of the school Bee question booklet or the qualifying test.

State Qualifying Test Procedures

  • The state qualifying test is administered online through the NG Bee registration website.
  • The qualifying test must be proctored by the school Bee coordinator to the one (1) student who has won the school Bee. The Bee coordinator must login to the Registration and Resource Center and complete the school champion online profile before the student takes the online Qualifying Test.  The student is to work independently on the test, using no outside help or material. No more than 60 minutes is allowed for the student to complete the online test.
  • The school champion must complete the online qualifying test by 11:59 pm EST on February 2, 2018.  No written test need be taken or mailed to the Geo Bee office.

National Geographic reserves the right to disqualify a homeschool or student if these rules have not been followed.

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Email Address for GeoBee information

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Students must be in grades four through eight and must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1, 2015. A student is eligible to participate in the Bee for no more than five years total. This is using traditional school age requirements.

Do you qualifiy for the age/grade restrictions for the GeoBee?

yes no

A student must be enrolled in a school that has registered for the Bee. Students can only participate in one Bee per academic year. Homeschooled students must participate through a homeschool that has registered for the Bee. Students enrolled in conventional public or private schools may not compete as part of a homeschool association’s Bee.

Is this the only GeoBee you will participate in this year?

yes no

We look forward to our third annual National Geographic GeoBee!  Please contact us if you have  any questions or concerns about the Bee at schomeschoolerlink@gmail.com.


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