Competition Details

Students 9-14 years old compete for $10,000! Champion’s teacher receives $2,000!


Here’s what you need to know about the competition and how to prepare for it as your student’s educator.

Capstone Cruise

Classical Conversations’ Capstone Cruise will be hosting the 2017 National Number Knockout Championship aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty for a five-day (four-night) cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida destined for Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. The Cruise will embark on April 30th and disembark on May 4th, 2017.

Click here for more information about the Capstone Cruise.

The Prize

National Number Knockout awards a $10,000 taxable grand prize to the competition winner, as well as a $2,000 taxable prize to the educator of the winner.
public school – check made payable to the school
private school – check made payable to the school or private tutor
home school – check made payable to the parent/legal guardian


N2K is a math competition for students between the ages of 9 and 14. The cut-off date for all 14-year-old students is June 15th of each competition year. If a student will be turning 15 before this date during the same year as the competition, the student will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

N2K is only open to U.S. Citizens living within the United States and to children of military personnel living abroad. No international students are eligible at this time.

Important Documents

All contestants’ parents will be required to complete this list of documents in order for their child to participate in the competition. A W-9 is required of all competitors who stand a chance at winning the $10,000 grand prize, since it is taxable income. The W-9 will be in the name of the student’s parent in order to issue 1099’s. A Social Security Number is required in order for N2K to issue a 1099.

  • Parental Release Form
  • Photography & Video Release Form
  • W-9 Form
  • Cruise Room Booking Form

Contestants will receive these documents from N2K upon acceptance of offer to participate in the competition by email. Emails will be generated by Adobe Sign,


N2K reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if the judges and administrators collectively determine that a student is acting with unsportsmanlike conduct. N2K also reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if the judges and administrators collectively determine that a student’s parent/guardian, tutor, or teacher are acting with unsportsmanlike conduct.