Where will your school stack up on the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards this season?

The 2020–2021 Vocabulary Bowl season starts on October 1st, and schools across North America are getting ready to play, compete, and learn. During the next seven months, more than one million students from thousands of schools will master millions of words as they compete for bragging rights and banners, division titles and trophies.

Join the Live Virtual Kickoff on October 1

This year's kickoff is going to be bigger and better than ever because everyone gets to come! For the first time, we're hosting a virtual kickoff event on October 1 at 1:00 Eastern. We'll have live swag giveaways, school interviews, and a huge live Vocab Jam for everyone to join and play. Keep an eye out on social media and here on the blog for all the details.

Season Preview

Whether your school is just getting up and running or you're in it to win it, we're rooting for you! Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming action, some special shoutouts, and a rundown of last year's champions.

20202021 Vocab Bowl Season Preview

Set Your #BOWLGOALS

This season is all about Bowl Goals. What's a #BOWLGOAL? It's an attainable milestone that you set for your school on the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards to motivate your students to play, compete, and learn. Check out this #BOWLGOAL Guide for tips on how to leverage the leaderboards and build Bowl momentum. Each year, Vocabulary.com also sets a collective Bowl Goal. Last year, students across North America blew away the 40 million words mastered goal with a final total of 41,586,318 words! This year, we're raising the bar and challenging you to achieve the unprecedented milestone of 45 million words mastered.

In addition to the Champions Cup that's awarded to the top high school and the top middle school at the end of the season, we'll also award trophies in Divisions I, II, and III to the top high school and the top middle/elementary school, and to the high school and middle/elementary school runners-up. The winning high school and the winning middle/elementary school will also receive achievement medals for their top one hundred students.

Vocabulary Bowl Top 100

With tens of thousands of schools competing in the Vocabulary Bowl, ranking in the Top 100 at the end of the season is an outstanding accomplishment. In recognition of this effort, we award an official Vocabulary Bowl achievement certificate to the Top 100 high schools and the Top 100 middle/elementary schools at the end of the season.

Monthly Champions Banners to Top Middle and High Schools

While the official season runs from October 1 through April 30, our daily, weekly, and monthly leaderboards let schools vie for vocabulary supremacy all year round. At the end of each month, the high school and middle/elementary school winners will receive a champions banner, plus achievement medals to award to their top five students.

Here's a rundown of the Vocabulary Bowl titles and awards that we give out over the course of the year:

Annual Vocabulary Bowl Awards

  Overall Division I Division II Division III
  High School Middle School HS/MS by State Overall High School Middle School Overall High School Middle School Overall High School Middle School
Champion Champion's Trophy Banner Student Medals
x 100
Champion's Trophy Banner Student Medals
x 100
Banner
x 70
Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner
Runner-Up Runner Up's Trophy Banner   Runner Up's Trophy Banner     Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner
Top 10   Banner     Banner       Banner       Banner       Banner    
Top 100 Certificates Certificates                    
Trophy School Champion's Trophy
Trophy School Runner Up's Trophy
Banner School Banner
Certificate School Certificate
Medal Student Medals
Note: In the case that a school wins multiple divisions and/or multiple levels of the competition, they will receive only the highest trophy available for that division.

Monthly Vocabulary Bowl Awards

  Overall
  High School Middle School
Monthly Champion Banner Student Medals
x 5
Banner Student Medals
x 5
School Banner
Student Medals

New Teacher Resources

Want some ideas to help you build some Bowl momentum in your classroom? Set your students up for success with these helpful resources:

All In

What makes the Vocabulary Bowl unique is that instead of winnowing the field to a small group of finalists, collaboration is the key to climbing the leaderboards. Every student who plays and learns makes an important contribution to their school's collective achievement, so the more participation there is, the better. The Bowl is about motivating all learners to put in the effort, improve their literacy skills, and experience academic success.

Are you in?

It takes just seconds to sign up and select your school, and from that moment on every word your students master counts for your school in the competition. Here's all the info on how to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl.

We Want to Shoutout Your School!

We love celebrating academic achievement, and we're always looking for successes great and small to shoutout. If you want to get your school featured on Vocabulary.com this season, send us a short video or photo of your #BOWLGOALS and you may be featured in one of our monthly Bowl Round-up Videos. Here are some tips on getting featured.

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