Debate is an academic, competitive team activity involving practices, tournaments, and championships like any athletic sport.
In our debate program, students are paired into partnerships (2-person teams) with a classmate at the same level of competitive mastery.
In tournaments hosted during after-school hours and weekends, students debate 3 or more rounds, switching from the affirmative (pro) to negative (con) side of each resolution. After each round, students are given verbal feedback on their presentation and argumentation skills, so they know what to improve next time.
Each tournament is an opportunity to earn two types of awards:
- Team awards – Based on the partnership’s win-loss record
- Speaker awards – Based on the amount of points each individual competitor earns for their argumentation and public speaking skills
Through wins and losses, students gain resilience and learn how to strategize for a better outcome in the next round. Trusted partners and coaches help students improve and gain victory.