Small School National Championship Tournament

The Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) is NAQT’s annual championship event for small high schools. The tournament is toward the end of each school year and features the top small school quiz bowl teams from across the United States (and beyond).

Teams qualify for the SSNCT by their performance at tournaments held throughout the year using questions supplied by NAQT. A list of upcoming events may be found on NAQT’s website.

126 teams (96 from traditional public schools and 30 from charter and private schools) attended the 2017 SSNCT at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago on Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30.

The 2018 SSNCT will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Schools that are ineligible to attend the SSNCT may be interested in the High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT), which is open to essentially every school that overlaps grades 9 through 12.

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A list of all past champions is available, as is the current subject distribution of the national championship set.