2016-17 Annual Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary Bowl

October 1, 2016 - April 30th, 2017

Put your school on the map.

Join the competition.

Students at thousands of schools around the United States and Canada are competing in the second annual Vocabulary Bowl. Does your school have what it takes to win? Join the competition to see if your school can master the most words and come out on top of the Vocabulary.com leaderboard.

This year's bowl ended on April 30th, but you can still compete for a monthly banner during the off-season. Stay tuned for 2016-17 Vocabulary Bowl news towards the end of the summer!

Are you in?

Here's how to get started.

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

Every word you master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total. And bring your school one step closer to winning the bowl.

What's in it for you?

Aside from a better vocabulary? Lots.

After the results are tallied for the school year, winners will be announced in May 2017. The top middle school and high school will be awarded Championship Trophies at a special ceremony held at each school. In addition, the top 100 students at the winning schools will each be awarded a medal celebrating their achievement.

Also, we give out a nifty banner to each month's winning school.

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.

During the 2015-16 school year, students at more than 23,000 schools around the U.S. and Canada participated in monthly leaderboard contests. This year we expect even more schools to participate as students compete to win their state and national contests.

Is vocabulary learning a competitive sport?

On Vocabulary.com, it definitely is! The leaderboard competition has attracted national media attention. As USA Today reported: “Educators long have relied on competitive interscholastic sports to get students excited about being in school, but schools have rarely relied on academic competition to reach more than just top students. That could change soon, as technology enables efforts like this one.” As Brooklyn Tech Assistant Principal Marc Williams told USA Today after his school won a monthly competition, “As days went by, more and more kids were getting into it. They really ate it up.”

What can teachers do to encourage competition?

Regardless of whether a school is large or small, or whether it is a middle school or high school, teachers have found that competing on Vocabulary.com can serve as a great motivating challenge.

One school that has excelled in the Vocabulary Bowl against much larger schools is Midlothian Middle School, in Virginia. You can read about how students and educators propelled Midlothian to their 2nd place overall finish in 2014-15 here.

The big winner in last year’s annual Vocabulary Bowl was Chavez High School in Houston, TX where only half of the students are deemed “college ready” and 85% are low-income. Read can read about Chavez High School’s impressive win in the Houston Chronicle and on our blog.

What do students say about competing?

Here are some quotes from students who have participated in the Vocabulary.com leadership competition:

“Vocabulary.com is my Twitter. It’s going to help me get into Harvard” —Obehi Obano, Midlothian Middle School
“I fell in love with the Vocabulary Bowl at first sight. It’s addictive. You just want to play it all day” —Devonte Powell, Chavez High School
“I like that I can see how much I know and that you can keep going until you get it right. And the competition helped a lot. The competition kept it going.” —Tom Fogle, Brooklyn Tech
“In English class, learning vocabulary meant you just copy and paste from the Internet, but with Vocabulary.com you actually learn the words.” —Timothy Truong Jr., Brooklyn Tech
“You could see if you were getting better at it. The points helped. They immediately made me want to keep going.” —Cynthia Chu, Brooklyn Tech
“It really enriches your writing when you use good vocabulary… It gives it some pizzazz.” —Tawshiq Iqbal, Enrico Fermi School for the Performing Arts

Which school will come out on top 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.

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.