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Transform Your Classroom with History Day L.A.

Want your students to love history? Then History Day L.A. is the program for you!

History Day motivates students to discover history by:

  • Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice
  • Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations
  • Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians
  • Achieving success
    • The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has researched
    • The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest
    • The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate their learning through presentation

All students are winners at History Day L.A.!

DATE AND LOCATION: March 14, 2020 at San Gabriel High School, 801 South Ramona Street, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Please read and become familiar with the following rules and regulations:

Rules and Regulations
Be sure students follow all rules and regulations as outlined in the Contest Rule Book. In addition:

  • WEBSITE NEW INFORMATION: Students creating websites are now asked to use the official NHD Website Editor to create their website. Do NOT create a new Weebly account. Instructions for building websites can be found at
  • Note dimension regulations on posters and exhibits.
  • Be certain that entries in the exhibit category are sturdy and will not fall down.
  • Check time limitations on performance and documentary presentations and media incorporated in exhibits.
  • Check word limitation in all categories.
  • A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category. The title page should ONLY include: the title of the entry, the contest division (Elementary, Grades 4-5, Junior, Grades 6-8 or Senior, Grades 9-12), category, and students’ name(s). Anything missing or added is an infraction and will be treated as such.
  • Be sure the concluding paragraph of the process paper in all categories (except paper) describes the relationship between the student’s topic and the theme.
  • Make sure four copies of the process paper are available for judges in all categories, except paper.

Number of Entries Permitted for History Day L.A.
Please observe the following entry limitations:

  • Elementary Division (Grades 4-5) — Each school may submit 3 poster entries per number of fourth and/or fifth grade classrooms per category
  • Junior Division (Grades 6-8) — Each school may submit 6 entries per category
  • Senior Division (Grades 9-12) — Each teacher may submit 8 entries per category

Conducting a History Day event in classrooms and schools is a good way to select entries for participation in History Day L.A. If your school is planning such an event, please let us know the date and time.

Register for History Day L.A.
Registration for History Day LA is conducted online by teachers.  The link can be found on the History Day L.A. home page. Teachers are required to submit information for all student projects.  Once the "Submit" button is pushed a window with additional information will appear including a History Day LA Student Affidavit that must be signed by each participating students and parent/guardian.  Original signed Affidavits, a printed copy of registration form, registration fees, and historical papers (if applicable) must be submitted to the Los Angeles County Office of Education by January 17, 2020.

  • Registration Fee: All entries must include a school check or money order payable to Los Angeles County Office of Education to cover registration fee of $55.00 per student for every student registering. Personal checks will not be accepted. The registration fee covers students’ full participation in all History Day L.A. activities on the day of the event and lunch for each participating student. There is no registration fee for teachers, parents or guests to attend.

Deadline: January 17, 2020:

    • History Day LA Student Affidavits, copy of online registration form, and registration fees must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020.
    • All Historical Entry Papers (an original and three copies) must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020.  Be sure to keep a copy for your records.
    • All Website entries must be completed by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 and available for judging between January 18 and March 14, 2020.

Mail or Jet Mail to:
Michelle Herczog, Ed.D., Coordinator III, History-Social Science
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Div. of Curriculum and Instructional Svcs.
9300 Imperial Hwy., ECW-236
Downey, CA 90242-2890

In Person at:
Michelle Herczog, Ed.D., Coordinator III, History-Social Science
Los Angeles County Office of Education
12830 Columbia Way, Room 236
Downey, CA 90242

March 14, 2020:
All entries for all other categories (poster, exhibit, performance and documentary) are brought to History Day L.A. on March 14, 2020 for judging beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will take place beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  Every participating student will receive a Certificate of Achievement. First place team members and alternates will be announced and awarded for every category during the Awards Ceremony. Information regarding state and national competition will be given at that time or at the following websites:

Transportation, Driving Directions and Parking
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event site. Parking is free and requires no permit or parking pass.

Other Information
Check this website for more information, updates and resources to make your experience at History Day – L.A. an exciting one! Please keep in mind, the following information:

        • Clothing: Students may not wear any apparel that indicates the name of the school and/or district they attend while at the event site.
        • On-site Registration: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Only the Group Leader of each category should register and sign-in for each group. Students in the Poster and Exhibit categories need to register at 8:00 a.m. to allow enough time for their poster(s) and exhibit(s) to be completely set up and in place by 8:45 a.m. Student participants are the ONLY ones allowed in the Exhibit Hall to set up their project – no teachers, parents, or other persons may be allowed to assist.
        • Program for the Day: Look at the Program when you arrive and note the Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m.
        • Sample Judges’ Score Sheets can be found in the Judges section of this web site.
        • Equipment: Electrical outlets are available in all rooms.  Students are advised to bring any and all equipment needed to operate their project including extension cords. Students must be able to operate any equipment they bring without outside assistance.
        • Lunch: Lunch will be provided for registered student contestants, teachers, and judges only.  Lunch tickets will be given out at the time of registration. A limited number of lunch tickets may be available for purchase BY CREDIT CARD ONLY. We can no longer accept cash.
        • “History Day L.A.” T-shirts will be available for purchase BY CREDIT CARD ONLY near the registration desk. We can no longer accept cash.

Portions of Content from – National History Day Web Site



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