2019 Pima County Spelling Bee

Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Canyon Del Oro Auditorium, 25 W Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Formula for determining how students from each district may compete:
Twenty-five percent of a district’s spellers may compete in the Pima County Bee. This means that if a district has four (or fewer) schools it can send one speller; if a district has six to eight schools it can send two spellers, ten to twelve schools, three spellers and so on.

Private, Charter, and Homeschool Students:
Homeschool organizations, private schools, and charter schools must hold their own preliminary bees for students to qualify to advance to the next level. Charter schools that have a common name, LEA, Charter Management Organization/CMO, Education Management Organization/EMO, or equivalent education corporation that manages a group of charter schools and that are located in the same County must hold a bee to determine their organization’s candidate for the county or regional bee. Private schools that are part of a larger group (i.e. an area diocese or holding company) within a county must hold a bee to determine their organization’s candidate for the county or regional bee. The name(s) of the winner(s) must be submitted to the appropriate county/regional coordinator no later than February 6, 2019, in order for the student(s) to be eligible to compete.

District/School Coordinators: Registration opens in January 2019. Registration instructions will be emailed to you in early January.

For a complete list of rules and other helpful information visit: http://azedfoundation.org/programs/arizona-spelling-bee/

If you have further question please contact Andrew Bevington at andrew.bevington@schools.pima.gov or 520.724.8213


In order to participate in the 2019 Arizona Spelling Bee, students must attend a school that is enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Enrollment dates and details are noted and linked below.

April 23, 2018 through August 21, 2018: Scripps Pre-Enrollment
- School Fee: $160
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $110

August 22, 2018 through October 15, 2018: Scripps Early Bird Enrollment
- School Fee: $160
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $110

October 16, 2018 through January 30, 2019: Scripps Regular Enrollment
- School Fee: $235
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $185

The 2019 Arizona Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 23 2019 at Arizona PBS, 500 N. Central Ave., 6th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  The competition begins at 1:00 p.m.  The winner will go on to represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in the spring.