Debate Club

Debate Club

Debate Club  meets virtually in our easy to use online classrooms from 9:30-11:30 on Sunday mornings during the school year. It is open to students in grades 3-11.

Registration is now closed for Spring Session.

All proceeds from Debate Club go toward the work we do to bring debate programs to Title 1 schools across the city. We hire staff for this program based on registration numbers. For these reasons, we cannot offer refunds once tuition has been paid. Thank you for your understanding and your contribution to our mission.


March 27
April 3
April 10 
*No Debate Club* April 17
April 24
May 1 
*No Debate Club* May 8  
May 15
May 22 (Tournament)

Debate Club helps participants hone key speaking and debating skills.

By joining NYC Urban Debate League Club, debaters will improve the following:

  • Public Speaking Skills & Confidence
  • Critical Thinking & Analytical Reading Skills
  • Research & Writing Skills
  • Civic Engagement
  • College Readiness

Why Debate Club for my Child?

  • Practice Public Speaking Skills in a fun environment. #1 Fear in America is public speaking! Public Speaking is essential for school, college, career, and community.
  • College Preparedness.  Study after study shows debate increases every Academic Skill (Reading, Writing, Researching, Critical Thinking, Listening) and every Academic Subject (Current Events, Philosophy, Civics, Political Science, Economics). Click here to learn more about the academic benefits of debate.
  • Build Leadership Skills. “Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice, but you might not know that until you join the debate team.” – President Barack Obama. Click here to learn more about debaters throughout history.
  • 21st Century Skills. “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity.  In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is almost uniquely suited to building what’s been called the ‘Four C’s’ of 21st century skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. And to that list I might add a fifth ‘C’— for civic awareness and engagement.” – US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, honoring our debaters in Washington D.C.
  • Fun! Participate in fun, competitive, educational debate rounds every month!
  • Community.  The NYC Urban Debate League is like no other debate league in the nation. We build an incredible vertical community of adult debaters, alumni debaters, college debaters, high school debaters and middle school debaters who all work together.  Learn more.  Learn from Parents how we build an incredible community for students.
  • Year Round Opportunities. In addition to our Fall and Spring Semester Debate Club, we also offer Summer Debate Programs. Learn more.

Spring Session has closed for submissions. If you would like info on our summer programs, please visit: Thank you!