High School

About

Our high school debate program is one of the largest and most successful debate programs in the country. Our member schools have qualified and won top awards at every tournament from local tournaments to the National Tournament of Champions to the International Debate Championships. On any given weekend there are high school debate tournament opportunities for our students. We offer local, regional, out of state and national travel opportunities for our students.

Saturday Debate Tournaments

Each month we host a tournament for high schools registered in our league.  There are 3-4 rounds of debate for each student. A guest speaker and award ceremony concludes the day where top debate teams, speakers, and schools are recognized. Each student receives ballots and feedback from each round.

Summer Debate Institutes

Our programs accelerate in the summer! From the first day of summer to the last day of summer, we offer summer debate institute opportunities for high school students at our Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Queens, and Manhattan Debate Institutes. Each debate institute concludes with a debate tournament as well.

Public Forum Debate Division

Public Forum Debate is the newest debate event in the United States and now one of the most popular debate event.  Each month a topic is voted on by coaches and students across the country. Students devote a month to study, research and writing on that topic.  The focus is more on persuading your audience – rather than the heavy evidence focus of policy debate.  Public Forum Debate is also unique in that it was founded to be easily accessible for the “public” so that any one can serve as a “citizen judge” and any student can be a debater.  Public Forum Debate with monthly rotating topics provides students a broad exposure in current events and civic engagement.  We offer three divisions of public forum debate: Beginners Public Forum Debate, Novice Public Forum Debate, and Varsity Public Forum Debate.

Upcoming Tournaments

❄️#2 December 10th

Millennium Brooklyn Campus, 237 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

League Topic: Resolved: New York City should substantially reallocate resources from police departments to social services.

National Topic: Resolved: The United State’s strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

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#3 January 7th (Online)

League Topic: Resolved: New York City should substantially reallocate resources from police departments to social services.

#4 February 4th (Online)

#5 March 18th

Edward R Murrow HS, 1600 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11230

#6 Championship Tournament April 1st-2nd

PS/MS 5, 564 Jackson Ave, Bronx, NY 10455

Past Tournaments

October 15th Workshop:

Lab Middle School, 333 W. 17th St, NY, NY 10011

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🍂#1 November 5th:

In-Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

League Topic: On balance, the benefits of providing voucher funding to students from low-income households to attend private schools outweigh the harms.

National Topic: Resolved: The United State’s strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.