Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Texas Citizen Bee?
The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition. Students use an online guide (New Study Guide coming September 1, 2024) to prepare for a two-part competition.  

Is the competition open to all types of schools?
Yes, all public, private, home school, and parochial schools are welcome to take part. Students can only take part in one qualifying competition per year.

What grade levels are eligible to participate?
Grades 9-12

Where can I find out details about the regional competition? 
Complete details on the competition can be found in the Rules of the Competition on the Citizen Bee website.

What are the prizes at the Regional Competition?
1st Place — $250 gift card — Qualifies for the State Citizen Bee Competition in Austin. We have added an extra day to the state competition. Students, parents, and teachers will participate in a “Capitol Experience” where they will enjoy speakers and tours of the Capitol complex on the Friday before the state competition.

2nd Place — $100 gift card

3rd Place — $50 gift card

What are the prizes at the state level competition?
1st Place — $5000
2nd Place — $2500
3rd Place — $1000

1st Place — $1000
2nd Place — $750
3rd Place — $500

What do I study for Citizen Bee?
This website contains the content that will be tested with the exception of the current events section. We have provided dates and topics for this section of the competition in the Rules and Procedures given when a student registers.

Can I use a PDF study guide from a previous year to study?
No, please destroy all copies of the old PDF guide as the content has been reorganized and new content has been added.

Who can act as a student’s sponsor?
A teacher, principal, librarian, parent, or guardian

How do I register for a regional competition?
Registration for the competition must be completed by a teacher, parent, or guardian.  The sponsor will go to the Regional Registration Chart to find the Google link for your respective region.  Additionally, you will find the regional coordinator’s name and email if you have further questions about the competition. Once the teacher/sponsor has registered, students will go to the Google link for the students on the Regional Registration Chart and register.

How many students can one teacher/sponsor register for the regional contest?
There is no limit.

What do I do if I have trouble registering my student?
Please contact Kim Boen, State Citizen Bee Coordinator at for assistance.

Can I compete this year if I have competed in prior years?
Yes you can!

If I win my Regional Competition what’s next?
Each regional winner will advance to the state competition.

Who funds the Texas Citizen Bee Competition?
Law Focused Education, Inc. receives funding from the Sumners Foundation to administer the Texas Citizen Bee in Texas. The site is maintained by Law Focused Education, Inc. and the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department.

Who can I contact if I find factual errors in the Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide?
Challenges concerning the accuracy of any material in The Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide must be filed in writing with the State Bar of Texas, Law-Related Education Department by emailing Jan Miller at by January 15, of the year of the competition.