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The Vocabulary Bowl

An academic competition for everyone.

Students at thousands of schools across the United States and Canada are competing in the annual Vocabulary Bowl — a competition to see which schools can master the most words.

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.

We are excitedly preparing for the upcoming Vocabulary Bowl season. Check our blog for updates on the Vocabulary Bowl.

Are you in?

Here's how to get started.

If you are a student or educator in the United States or Canada, getting involved in the Vocabulary Bowl is as easy as signing up for an account on Vocabulary.com and selecting your school.

Every word that you (or your students) master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total and propel you up the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards.

What's in it for you?

Aside from a better vocabulary... awards!

After the results are verified, annual winners will be announced in May of 2023. Then it's awards season, when Vocabulary.com delivers a dozen trophies, more than one hundred banners, and loads of achievement certificates to schools across the map.

Trophies and banners are awarded to the top overall high school and middle school, and to the top high school and middle school in Divisions I, II, and III. Runners-up at these levels receive banners. Top 5 banners are awarded in the middle and high school divisions and in Divisions I, II and III. State champions banners are awarded to the top school in each U.S. state and territory and each Canadian province.

Throughout the year, a monthly champions banner is awarded to the top high school and the top middle school. Keep an eye on social media for highlights each month.

Please read our full contest rules for eligibility details.

Who's eligible?

All students attending K–12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. Simply sign up for Vocabulary.com and select your school when you create your profile. Read the full contest rules for details.

Which schools will top the leaderboards at the end of the school year? It's anybody's game, so get started today!

Please read our full contest rules for all eligibility details.

Recent Vocabulary Bowl News from the Vocabulary.com Blog

See which schools were crowned Champions and topped the Division Leaderboards in the Eighth annual Vocabulary Bowl! Continue reading...
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See which schools were crowned Champions and topped the State and Province leaderboards in the Eighth annual Vocabulary Bowl! Continue reading...
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Where does your school stack up on the Vocab Bowl leaderboards? Check out the latest highlights and shoutouts. Continue reading...
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See which schools topped the Vocab Bowl leaderboards in our annual March Madness One-Day Challenges. Continue reading...
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