Academic Competitions and Contests

Compete on a National Stage

Connect with professional judges and win great prizes by spotlighting your talent and creativity in a Stride Competition. School-aged students across the U.S. who meet eligibility guidelines can participate, whether you attend a K12-powered school or not.

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Young Minds and Big Ideas Can Save the Planet

K12 and The Nature Conservancy encouraged students in grades 9–12 to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental issues in the 2023 Innovation Challenge. 

High school students from across the country competed at K12 Headquarters for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship! Plus, a People’s Choice Award was given to the proposal with the most votes. 

Watch the finalists’ presentations and see who won below!

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Congrats to Our 2023 K12 National Spelling Bee Winners!

We are thrilled to have completed the 3rd Annual K12 National Spelling Bee! Students in grades 3–12 nationwide showed off their spelling skills in an epic competition with multiple levels.

Regional winners received an all-expense paid trip to the Washington D.C. area to compete on a national stage. Watch the competition and see the winners by clicking the button below.

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The Possibilities Are Endless with Art

In the 2023 K12 National Art Competition, we welcomed artwork from students in grades K–12 for a chance to showcase their talents on a national stage. Possible mediums included paintings, drawings, collages, prints, or a combination. Prizes included Microsoft Surface tablets, virtual art lessons, and in-person experiences at Savannah College of Art and Design!

Check out the showcase of our semi-finalists and winners in this virtual art gallery below!

National Contests

Stride Contests are for students enrolled in K12-powered schools. These are usually monthly events that result in national winners and include a variety of fun and interesting topics.

For students enrolled in K12-powered schools, Stride hosts contests to pique interests, hone skills, and get your competitive energy flowing. Some of our exciting contests include:

  • Cookie Decorating
  • Photography
  • REEL Me Video
  • Grad Dreams Video
  • Bake Off

To learn more about these contests, students at K12-powered schools should visit their school’s Online School (OLS) announcements page.

If you’re having trouble or need additional help, contact Customer Care at 888.540.0512.

Check back often to see new competitions and contests!