Alabama Spelling Bee
Enrollment with Scripps National Bee is required for a school and its students to
participate in the Alabama Spelling Bee.
After a school registers with Scripps, the activities with the Alabama Spelling
Bee will proceed as usual.
A calendar, winner forms, county coordinator list, and other important details are
located on this website. Since all the information is now online, coordinators will
not receive an Alabama Spelling Bee handbook in the mail.
The Bee's official student study guide, 2009 Spell It!, now appears free on www.myspellit.com with these features:
- interactive format with links to Merriam-Webster definitions and pronunciations
- challenge words for advanced spellers
- activities to promote a deeper understanding of the English language
- printable study lists
Public, Private, and Parochial Schools
To participate in the 2008/2009 spelling bee program, a school - or a benefactor
on behalf of your school - must enroll through www.spellingbee.com by November 17, 2008, and pay Scripps
the enrollment fee of $99. After enrolling with Scripps you will be given the option
to pay by credit card or check. Please follow the instructions from Scripps on how
to submit your form of payment. The school spelling bee coordinator will then receive
log-in information and password for an online copy of the 2009 School Pronouncer
Guide, plus three grade-specific levels of the new Classroom Pronouncer Guide. County
Coordinators will receive a new County Pronouncer Guide from the Alabama Spelling
Bee office at no charge. (The student study booklets are now offered free to all
To participate in the 2008/2009 Alabama spelling bee program, home school students
must enroll with Scripps. Home school families whose cover schools are comprised
of less than 10 families may register individually with Scripps by paying a $10
fee per family. Larger home school associations (with more than 10 families) may
register all their home school students as an association by paying a $99 fee. After
enrolling with Scripps you will be given the option to pay by credit card or check.
Please follow the instructions from Scripps on how to submit your form of payment.
Home school students and/or home school associations should enroll through www.spellingbee.com by November 17.
If a homeschool family is part of an association or support group, that association
or support group must enroll in the bee and pay the $99 fee. If a homeschool family
is NOT part of ANY association or support group, they then can call 513-977-3040
and enroll via the phone for $10.
If there are concerns about payment of the $99 materials and enrollment fee, you
may consider recouping the fee by asking parents of student participants to pay
a nominal entry fee of $2-5 or asking your PTA/PTO organization to sponsor your
school. Alternatively, a business community organization or a concerned parent may
sponsor a school.