Spelling study lists can be accessed here. All the words listed are from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. The emphasis of the lists is to teach students to learn how to spell and to minimize the memorization of words.
AACS High School Competition
- Study lists may be accessed at here. Words are organized into sections by language of origin. Words are further organized into “Study Words” and “Challenge Words.” Spelling bee words will not necessarily come from these lists but will come from the same categories.
- Instruct high school students to study all sections.
Junior High and Elementary Competitions. Contact your state association for Junior High and Elementary guidelines!
- Junior high competitions are governed by the various state organizations. AACS suggests instructing junior high students to study the following sections (accessed here): Arabic, Old English, Greek, French, German, Italian. Spelling bee words will not necessarily come from these lists but will come from the same categories.
- Elementary competitions are governed by the various state organizations. The elementary study list is available on the AACS website. Spelling bee words will come from the list, from student textbooks, and from the dictionary.
Click here to download the 2020-2021 Elementary Spelling List.