2nd Harlem Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee is Broken into Two Rounds for the Competing Students

Round 1
The Preliminaries

This is an online exam that tests each student’s vocabulary. The Preliminaries are used to determine which students make it to the finals for the Main Event. The students who score the highest on this assessment will become Finalists.

Round 2
Main Event

This is the exciting on-stage portion of the Harlem Spelling Bee. Known as the Main Event, the Finalists will prove their ability to spell words in front of an audience of their friends and family. This Main Event is what determines the top three winners, who will spell their way to victory one letter at a time.

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To enter the 2nd Harlem Spelling Bee, an adult for an elementary or middle school student (Grades 1-8) must enroll their student by completing the form down below.

There are three different enrollment periods, i.e. Early Bird, Advanced, and Regular, when the adult can register. See the Timeline section below for the exact dates.

High schoolers and adults, don't worry! There will be a Harlem Spelling Bee for you, too - stay tuned!


  • Regular Enrollment: $10 per student
  • Schoolwide Enrollment: please contact us for special rates


The top three (3) winners will receive prizes. All Finalists will receive medals for their courage and effort in preparing for this big event.


Regular Enrollment Begins
Monday, February 26th, 2018
2nd Harlem Spelling Bee Officially Begins
Monday, March 5th, 2018
This marks the beginning of the competition. All registered contestants from this point forward can begin using the online Leksi app to prepare for the Preliminaries.
The Preliminaries
Tuesday, March 27th - Thursday, March 29th 2018
Contestants complete the online exam that will determine who advances to the next and final round, i.e. Main Event.
Main Event Finalists Announced
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
The Finalists will be announced!
Main Event
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
This is what everyone has been waiting for - the actual on-stage spelling portion of the competition.


Leksi is an online app that uses scientifically-backed methods to teach vocabulary and spelling in a fun environment. It is completely free for the duration of each Harlem Spelling Bee competition.

  • Students will use Leksi to prepare for the Preliminaries and Main Event by completing a variety of games and exercises. All activities were created following researched methods to ensure the students can learn and retain as they study
  • Leksi will also provide the online exam for the Preliminaries. The top contestants who score the highest will become Finalists


The Preliminaries will feature a total word-bank of 300 words. All words can be found within the Leksi app and will already be in each students' account after they are registered.


Using Leksi, the students will build their vocabulary and sharpen their spelling skills. Other tools that might help are vocabulary.com, Quizlet, or traditional methods like flashcards.

Tips and Tricks

The National Spelling Bee has a great guide you can check out for handy tips: How to Study for a Spelling Bee.

Leksi's 2nd Harlem Spelling Bee

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