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Important Dates- Orange County Spelling Bee

​​​​Early September

Program information sent to school principals (public & private) and district curriculum coordinators.

September 17, 2020
Orange County Spelling Bee Coordinators Meeting- held at the Orange County Department of Education (for individual schools or district spelling bee coordinators).​

October 16, 2020
Early bird enrollment deadline for schools to enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee (Note: Each school must register with the national program in order to participate in the Orange County Spelling Bee). Enrollment fee is $175 per school.

December 1, 2020
Deadline to submit Orange County Spelling Bee Intent to Participate forms to the Orange County Department of Education.

December 20, 2020
Regular enrollment deadline (and final day) for schools to enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Enrollment fee is $250.

February 10, 2021 (New Date)
Deadline to host district or school spelling bee.

February 17, 2021 (New Date)
Deadline to submit Orange County Spelling Bee Student Enrollment Forms and Fees to the Orange County Department of Education.

March 1, 2021 (New Date)
Orange County Spelling Bee - Written Round

March 2, 2021 (New Date)
Finalists advancing to final round will be announced on the Spelling Bee website by 3:00 p.m.

March 6, 2021 (New Date) (tentative)​
Orange County Spelling Bee - Final Round, Finalists


The winner of the Orange County Spelling Bee will represent our county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June 2021. If the national bee is a live (in-person) event, the travel for the student and their chaperone will be sponsored by the Orange County Register.