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Debate Program


There is no one right journey to take with debate. Some students may focus on debate heavily during middle school and then slow down their work with debate as they move into high school due to other activities. Other students may focus on debate almost exclusively throughout their academic careers.

What is most important is that students understand that their debate journey is unique, and what works for them might not work for another student. If a friend on the team is progressing faster or slower than your student, it’s okay! Everyone is learning, and progress comes at different rates for different people.

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Class Level Descriptions

  • Elementary School

    Novice | Semester 1 is designed for fourth and fifth graders who are new to Public Forum debate. During class, students will learn the Public Forum debate format, how to write and research arguments, practice impromptu speaking, and gain experience in mock debates. All instruction will be taught through the lens of a debate topic of global significance.

    Most Potomac Debate Academy students start out at the novice level where they learn debate basics like the structure of a public forum round, how to research a new topic on their own and work to build confidence as public speakers. Novice debaters tend to spend two to three semesters debating at the introductory level before being promoted to Junior Varsity.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 1 is designed for fourth and fifth graders who have taken both our Novice | Semester 1 & Novice | Semester 2 classes. During class, students will continue to practice their debate skills, while learning new advanced concepts such as argument weighing, round strategy, judge adaptation, and more.

    Varsity is our highest learning level for fourth and fifth graders, aimed at students who have completed all four novice and JV semesters with PDA. During class, students will refine their understanding of advanced debate concepts, while putting their skills to practice with a focus on preparing for tournaments.

    Novice | Semester 2 is designed for fourth and fifth graders who have completed Novice | Semester 1 with PDA. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester, while refining their abilities through extensive practice.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 2 is designed for fourth and fifth graders who have taken our Junior Varsity | Semester 1 class. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester of JV, while refining their abilities through extensive mock debates, tournament preparations, and debate-oriented activities.

  • Middle School

    Novice | Semester 1 is designed for middle school students who are new to Public Forum debate. During class, students will learn the Public Forum debate format, how to write and research arguments, practice impromptu speaking, and gain experience in mock debates. All instruction will be taught through the lens of a debate topic of global significance.

    Most Potomac Debate Academy students start out at the novice level where they learn debate basics like the structure of a public forum round, how to research a new topic on their own and work to build confidence as public speakers. Novice debaters tend to spend two to three semesters debating at the introductory level before being promoted to Junior Varsity.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 1 is designed for middle school students who have taken both our Novice | Semester 1 & Novice | Semester 2 classes. During class, students will continue to practice their debate skills, while learning new advanced concepts such as argument weighing, flowing, round strategy, and more. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Varsity is aimed at students who have completed all four novice and JV semesters with PDA and who have a strong understanding of debate. Students at this level start to compete more regularly on the national circuit. Classes at the varsity level are adapted to student’s experience, tournament participation, and individual needs. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Novice | Semester 2 is designed for middle school students who have completed Novice | Semester 1 with PDA. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester, while refining their abilities through extensive practice and preparing for competitive tournaments.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 2 is designed for middle school students who have taken our Junior Varsity | Semester 1 class. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester of JV, while refining their abilities through hands on activities such as mock debates, round reviews, drills, and more. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Varsity+ is the highest possible level of placement on our team for a middle school student. This team is for middle school students who have a strong grasp of debate fundamentals and seek to compete in the highest level of the national circuit. Most students in Varsity+ are competing regularly at the high school level as middle schoolers. Students in this class students focus on topics from collapsing and weighing to progressive debate in the form of Ks and theories. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

  • High School

    Novice | Semester 1 is designed for high school students who are new to Public Forum debate. During class, students will learn the Public Forum debate format, how to write and research arguments, practice impromptu speaking, and gain experience in mock debates. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Most Potomac Debate Academy students start out at the novice level where they learn debate basics like the structure of a public forum round, how to research a new topic on their own and work to build confidence as public speakers. Novice debaters tend to spend two to three semesters debating at the introductory level before being promoted to Junior Varsity.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 1 is designed for high school students who have taken both our Novice | Semester 1 & Novice | Semester 2 classes. During class, students will continue to practice their debate skills, while learning new advanced concepts. This team will be focused on preparing students for travel competitions around the country. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Varsity is aimed at students who have completed all four novice and JV semesters with PDA and who have a strong understanding of debate. Students at this level start to compete more regularly on the national circuit. Classes at the varsity level are adapted to student’s experience, tournament participation, and individual needs. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Novice | Semester 2 is designed for high school students who have completed Novice | Semester 1 with PDA. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester, while refining their abilities through extensive practice and preparing for competitive tournaments. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Junior Varsity | Semester 2 is designed for high school students who have taken our Junior Varsity | Semester 1 class. During class, students will continue to build on skills taught in their first semester of JV, while refining their abilities through hands-on activities such as mock debates, round reviews, drills, and more. This team will be focused on preparing students for travel competitions around the country. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

    Varsity+ is the highest possible level of placement on our team for a high school student. This team is for high school students who have a strong grasp of debate fundamentals and seek to compete in the highest level of the national circuit. Classes at the varsity level are adapted to student’s experience, tournament participation, and individual needs. Students in this class focus on topics from collapsing and weighing to progressive debate in the form of Ks and theories. All students will debate the high school topic assigned by the National Speech and Debate Association.

Debate Course Offerings

Location
Dates
Weeks of March 10 – May 5 8 Weeks
Pricing
$525 Register soon! Space is limited.
Dates
Weeks of March 10 – May 5 8 Weeks
Pricing
$625 Register soon! Space is limited.
  • Novice courses
    Elementary School (Grades 2 – 5)
    Sunday 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM ET (09:30 AM – 11:00 AM PT)
    Monday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Tuesday 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM ET (02:30 PM – 04:00 PM PT)
    High School (Grades 9 – 12)
    Sunday 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM ET (09:30 AM – 11:00 AM PT)
    Sunday 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM ET (01:30 PM – 03:00 PM PT)
    Wednesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
    Sunday 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM ET (09:30 AM – 11:00 AM PT)
    Sunday 02:45 PM – 04:15 PM ET (11:45 AM – 01:15 PM PT)
    Sunday 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM ET (04:30 PM – 06:00 PM PT)
    Monday 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM ET (02:30 PM – 04:00 PM PT)
    Tuesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
  • Junior Varsity Courses
    First Semester Debaters
    Elementary School (Grades 2 – 5)
    Sunday 02:45 PM – 04:15 PM ET (11:45 AM – 01:15 PM PT)
    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
    Sunday 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM ET (01:00 PM – 02:30 PM PT)
    Wednesday 06:45 PM – 08:15 PM ET (03:45 PM – 05:15 PM PT)
    High School (Grades 9 – 12)
    Sunday 05:45 PM – 07:15 PM ET (02:45 PM – 04:15 PM PT)
    Tuesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Second Semester Debaters
    Elementary School (Grades 4 – 5)
    Sunday 02:45 PM – 04:15 PM ET (11:45 AM – 01:15 PM PT)
    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
    Sunday 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM ET (01:00 PM – 02:30 PM PT)
    Sunday 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM ET (04:30 PM – 06:00 PM PT)
    Wednesday 06:45 PM – 08:15 PM ET (03:45 PM – 05:15 PM PT)
    High School (Grades 9 – 12)
    Sunday 05:45 PM – 07:15 PM ET (02:45 PM – 04:15 PM PT)
    Tuesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
  • Varisty Courses
    Varisty
    Elementary School (Grades 2 – 5)
    Sunday 02:15 PM – 03:45 PM ET (11:15 AM – 12:45 PM PT)
    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
    Sunday 06:15 PM – 07:45 PM ET (03:15 PM – 04:45 PM PT)
    Monday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Wednesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    High School (Grades 9 – 12)
    Sunday 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM ET (04:30 PM – 06:00 PM PT)
    Tuesday 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM ET (02:30 PM – 04:00 PM PT)
    Tuesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Varisty +
    Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
    Sunday 06:15 PM – 07:45 PM ET (03:15 PM – 04:45 PM PT)
    Monday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    Wednesday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
    High School (Grades 9 – 12)
    Sunday 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM ET (04:30 PM – 06:00 PM PT)
    Thursday 07:15 PM – 08:45 PM ET (04:15 PM – 05:45 PM PT)
  • Junior Varsity Courses
    Semester 1
    Grades 6 – 8
    Sunday 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM ET
  • Varsity & Varsity+ Courses
    Varisty
    Grades 6 – 8
    Wednesday 06:45 PM – 08:15 PM ET
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  • Mika F.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Jack R.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Saif Z.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Ruby M.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Lars D.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Abigail S.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Srikar S.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Ray S.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Rachel M.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Xuechen Y.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Noah M.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Charles L.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Katie R.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Sarang A.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Mai R.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Maddie C.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Keshav K.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Kenny Z.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Keith B.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Christina L.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Ben F.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Dylan B.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Daniel L.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Ben C.
    Lead Debate Coach
  • Christine K.
    Lead Debate Coach