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Debate Teams

Improved public speaking skills
Stronger academic performance
Better standardized test scores
Higher college admission chances

If you will be joining us for the first time this fall, we strongly suggest that you attend tryouts before registering.
Click here to register for our next tryout.

Our fall debate courses meet once a week at the time you select when you register. All courses are virtual with class meetings taking place over Zoom. Throughout the semester students will work with an assigned instructor and a small group of students. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

Each class meeting will be unique, designed with the needs of the students in mind. We strive to get students up and debating as fast as possible and work to teach fundamental debate skills that are appropriate for the course level. Students will participate in speaking exercises, mock debates, learn important skills such as how to conduct research, and speak with limited preparation all through the lens of a debate topic of global importance. 

 

Our team specializes in Public Forum debate. Public Forum is a national debate activity governed by the National Speech and Debate Association. Students who learn Public Forum are able to compete in the event no matter who they debate for. All rules and topics are selected by the National Speech and Debate Association. To be an excellent Public Forum debater students must be able to think critically about complex topics, conduct research, and be able to work as part of a team. 

 

Outside of class, all students can compete at debate tournaments. Please note that tournaments happen outside of class time and are not included in tuition. Our team hosts an online tournament once a month that is open to all students and once a student moves up to the Junior Varsity level they are able to compete on the national debate circuit. 

 

CLASS PLACEMENT

 

Placement is based on student grade and level of debate experience. Please make sure you are registering for the correct level. 

 

Returning Students: Register for the level you were recommended for in your most recent student evaluation. Click here to register

 

New Students: Register for the level you were recommended for at tryouts. Click here to register

 

If you are unable to attend tryouts you can register for the novice level that is appropriate for your age group. Our novice levels are as follows: 

 

  • Ruby: Students entering grades 4 - 5

  • Sapphire: Students entering grades 6 - 8

  • Amber: Students entering grades 9 - 12

 

KEY DATES AND DETAILS

 

Our classes vary by level. Check out the details below to learn more about tuition and key dates for your level. 

 

Ruby and Magenta: 

  • Start Date: Week of September 12

  • End Date: Week of December 12

  • Class Duration: 60 minutes once a week for 12 weeks 

  • Registration Deadline: September 1

  • Tuition: $450 

Amber, Sapphire, Indigo, and Emerald 

  • Start Date: Week of September 12

  • End Date: Week of December 12

  • Class Duration: 90 minutes once a week for 12 weeks 

  • Registration Deadline: September 1

  • Tuition: $675 

 

Obsidian, Azure, and Onyx

  • Start Date: Week of August 15

  • End Date: Week of December 12

  • Class Duration: 90 minutes once a week for 16 weeks 

  • Registration Deadline: August 1

  • Tuition: $850

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