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Information for Home-Schooling Parents

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2018 Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee! Here are answers to some questions you may have about the spelling bee. Don’t see the information you are looking for? Please email Cece Gassner at with your question(s).

My child is being home-schooled. Is he or she eligible to participate in the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee?

Generally speaking, each student in the 3rd through 8th grades in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley or Washington County in Idaho who has not reached his or her fifteenth birthday before August 31, 2017 is welcome and eligible to participate in the regional spelling bee. We encourage you to review the full list of eligibility requirements to participate in the bee. To register your child(ren), please visit the Scripps Spelling Bee website starting August 22, 2017.

If you do not live in one of the above ten counties, please visit the Scripps Spelling Bee website’s database of local bees to see if there is a different spelling bee that includes your geographic area.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. Registration opens August 22, 2017. The early bird registration fee for home school families is $105 from August 22 to October 16, 2017. The regular registration fee is $180 from October 17 to December 15, 2017. Families will not be allowed to register after December 15, 2017. Unfortunately, the registration fee and deadlines are established by the Scripps Spelling Bee and Boise State University is unable to waive or discount the fees or move these deadlines.

Payment of the home school families registration fee allows every child in your family who is being home schooled and who meets all of the eligibility requirements established by Scripps to participate in the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee. Proof of your residency in one of the above ten counties will be required to be shown at the regional spelling bee.

Is there any additional cost for my child(ren) to participate?

No. You may incur some costs to travel to Boise for the regional spelling bee; however, there is no additional fee that your child will be asked to pay. Additionally, if your child becomes the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee champion, Boise State will pay the airfare, hotel and certain other related costs for your child and a parent or guardian to attend the Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May or early June of 2018.

How can I best prepare my child(ren) to participate?

We will publish suggested study lists for your child(ren) to review by February 1, 2018 on this webpage.

When is the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee?

The Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Simplot Ballroom located in the Student Union Building (SUB) at Boise State University. We will post additional information regarding the logistics of the regional spelling bee by February 1, 2018.

How will I get information updates?

Information updates will be posted from time-to-time to the pages under An email informing you that an update has been posted will be sent to the name and email you submit when you register your family.

Here are some deadlines you should know:

Deadline for early bird enrollment: October 16, 2017

Deadline for regular enrollment: December 15, 2017