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 free citywide high school debate tournament. Registration ends at 9:00am and the tournament concludes between 5:00pm-6:00pm.  There are 3-4 rounds of debate for each student. Breakfast and lunch is included.  An Award Ceremony concludes the day where every student receives a participation certificate and their ballot/feedback from each round, and top debate teams, speakers, and schools are recognized.

Dates

#1 October 30

League PF Topic: ACT & SAT scores should be eliminated as criteria for college admissions.

National PF Topic: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states.
#2 November 13

League PF Topic: ACT & SAT scores should be eliminated as criteria for college admissions.
National PF Topic: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states.
#3 December 11
#4 January 8

#5 February 5 if live; February 12 if online
#6 March 19 (assuming live)
#7 (States) April 8-10(assuming live; April 8-9 if online; April 9-10 if live)

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