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District Spelling Bee

The District Spelling Bee will be held during the second or third week TBD each January at an APS high school Performing Arts Theatre to be determined each year.

APS District Spelling Bee General Information

Spelling BeeRegister your school online each September for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

Once your school is registered and you have paid your fee, the website is very self-explanatory and helpful and you can download the spelling and vocabulary lists. Log in and go to Resources – Study Tips – and there you will be able to access study lists for district/national bee preparation. The Word Club link (found below the “Study Tips” link), offers other resources for students to prep for the Bee.

Each year, you will need to send the name of your Spelling Bee Coordinator at your school site by the first week of October to the APS District Spelling Bee Coordinator in the Curriculum & Instruction Department. Call the Main C and I office at 505-872-6874 to access the District Spelling Bee Coordinator.

School site Spelling Bees need to be completed before Winter Break each year, since the requirement from Scripps is that School Bees must be held before first semester ends. Send the District Coordinator your date as soon as possible.

Students who participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee at all levels (school, district, and national), are required to be ages 8-14 years. Additionally, students are required to have completed the first grade to participate, even if they are 8 years old and currently in the first grade.

The name, grade, and age of the Champion and Alternate should be submitted before Winter Break to the APS District Coordinator. Each school will be sending one champion to the District Bee. There will also need to be a designated alternate, but the alternate will participate in the District Bee only if the champion is unable to participate.

The District Spelling Bee will be held during the second or third week TBD each January at an APS high school Performing Arts Theatre to be determined each year. Winners will advance to the New Mexico State Spelling Bee. Information on the State Bee will be available after the APS District Bee is complete.

Notes to be aware of:

  • All levels of bees in New Mexico are NOT required to add a vocabulary component, but the APS District Spelling Bee and the NM State Spelling Bee will have a vocabulary component. It is up to your school site what you want to use for your bee, but your Champion and the Alternate once determined should be given the vocabulary list as well as the spelling list.
  • Charter schools hold their own spelling bee unless they are APS charters.
  • The Spanish Spelling Bee is conducted by the Language & Cultural Equity Department of APS.