Greater Fairfax Area Homeschool Geography Bee

Geography enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the Greater Fairfax Homeschool Geography Bee! Compass is the host of the this fun, “school level” contest for the National Geographic Bee.

General Bee Details

  • Date: The Geography Bee is held the 4th Wednesday in January each year. See announcements and annual registration details for the exact date.
  • Time: The bee begins at 4:30 pm, but participants are asked to gather at 4:15 pm to check in. The ending time will vary based on number of participants but it usually concluded between 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • Location: The bee is held at Compass at 2705 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton on the Compass campus.
  • Registration: Registration opens October 1 through the Compass Store
  • Cost: Entry fees are collected to offset the cost of school registration and administration. The cost is $10.00 for a Compass students and $15.00 for non-Compass students. (*A Compass student is one who has been enrolled in at least one Compass class in the current school year.)
  • Bee Eligibility

  • Homeschooled students in 4th- 8th grades* may participate. *Grade is defined by student’s age-based enrollment if in traditional school without acceleration, grade skipping, or delayed entry.
  • Contestants may not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1 of the current school year.
  • Contestants may not be enrolled in 3 or more high school level or dual-enrolled college classes, regardless of age, to be eligible.
  • Homeschooled students from Fairfax County may participate, regardless of whether or not they take classes at Compass.
  • Homeschooled students from the “greater”, or surrounding, northern Virginia counties (Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, etc.) may participate if their home county does not have a geography bee scheduled for homeschoolers.
  • Homeschooled students (including Compass students) from Maryland, West Virginia, or DC cannot participate in this bee because of the progression to the state level bee. Please check the National Geographic Bee website to locate a homeschool bee in your state.
  • Bee Format

  • The school level bee will be an oral Q & A format. There will be a few practice warm-up rounds using past year’s questions before “official” questions are asked.
  • The Bee will consist of Preliminary, Final, and Championship Rounds, if needed, to obtain a sole school level winner.
  • Bee Champion

  • The school level winner will take a written test to be invited to qualify for the state level bee in April. The 2017, 2018, and 2019 Compass winners qualified and advanced to compete in the state-level bee.
  • Practice Suggestions

  • Interested students are encouraged to try the daily National Geographic GeoBee challenge questions.
  • Contestants are encouraged to read current newspapers or news magazines along with current events and geography publications.
  • Participants can see sample question sheets from past years here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
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