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

#5 February 12

League PF Topic: On balance, the benefits of domestic fracking outweigh the harms.
National February PF Topic:  On balance, Turkey’s membership is beneficial to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

#6 March 12

League PF Topic: On balance, the benefits of domestic fracking outweigh the harms.
National February PF Topic: In the United States, the benefits of increasing organic agriculture outweigh the harms.

#7 (States) April 2-3 or April 8-9

National Division: April PF Topic
League Division: Coach vote of one of the season topics

Past Tournaments

#4 January 8

League PF Topic: The United States Federal Government should raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers in the United States
National PF Topic. Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.

#3 December 11

League PF Topic: The United States Federal Government should raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers in the United States.
National PF Topic: Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.

#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.

#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.