General Information for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
The International Geography Bee’s Middle & Elementary School Division will comprise three stages during the 2020-2021 academic year. They will all be held online. The first stage is offered free of charge; registration fees on a per student basis are charged for students who attend the Regional Finals and National Championships.
Middle School & Elementary School International Geography Bee Stages for 2020-2021
- Online Regional Qualifying Exam – Sponsor registration is open here. The Online Regional Qualifying Exam is now open and will stay open until midnight PST on the evening of February 21, 2021. This exam may be administered at the student’s school under supervision or at home under supervision for students engaging in remote learning due to Covid-19, homeschooled students, and others as needed.
There is no cost for students to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam. All students are encouraged to participate. Scores on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam will be utilized to determine which students have qualified for the Regional Finals. Scores will not be made public.
- Regional Finals – The 2021 International Geography Bee Regional Finals will take place in March and April entirely online and will cost $40 per student. Their exact dates will be posted on the page here as soon as they are finalized. The top half students in each division at the Regional Finals will qualify for the National Championships, and the top quarter will qualify for the International Geography Bee World Championships.
- National Championships – The US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will most likely be held online in June 2021 in conjunction with the National Championships of the National History Bee, National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, and US Academic Bee and Bowl as well as the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions of the National History Bowl. There is a chance that the National Championships may be held in person instead. It will cost $125 for each student to participate in the International Geography Bee at the 2021 National Championships if it is held in person, and somewhat less if it is held online. The top 60% of students at the National Championships will qualify for the next International Geography Bee World Championships.