The Small School National Championship Tournament is a national championship for the nation's top small schools held by NAQT. "Small School" is defined as a public high school with an average daily membership of 500 or fewer students in grades 10–12 and a non-selective admission policy. This policy is designed to allow for a parity of competition between schools with fewer resources and funding, though the efficacy of this has sometimes been called into question.
As of 2016, the SSNCT has split further into separate divisions with one consisting of regular public schools and the other of charter/private schools who meet the attendance restrictions. The change was discussed in part on the HSQB forum here. The public school division also began to recognize the top schools classified as "Very Small Schools", with additional playoff games added for VSS teams that were eliminated from overall contention but still stood a chance of earning a VSS trophy.
Qualification for the SSNCT is separate from, but similar to, qualification for the HSNCT.
|2014||Minneapolis, MN||Hallsville||AMSA||Harmony Science North Austin||50|
|2015||Atlanta, GA||Harmony Science North Austin||Hallsville||Glasgow||60|
|2016||Rosemont, IL||AMSA||Macomb||Lehigh Valley||80|
Public School Division (since 2017)
|Year||Location||First||Second||Third||VSS Champion||VSS Runner-Up||VSS Third Place||Field size|
|2017||Rosemont, IL||Glasgow||Danville||Camp Hill||Camp Hill||Raceland-Worthington||Hallsville||96|
|2018||Rosemont, IL||Glasgow A||Ottawa Hills A||Williamsville||Ottawa Hills A||Hallsville||Cooperstown||96|
Private/Charter School Division (since 2017)
|2017||Rosemont, IL||St. Mark's School of Texas||Miami Valley||St. Martin's Episcopal||30|