A Homegrown Approach. National Success.
The Lexington Debate Institute is run by alumni of the Lexington Debate Team, the only team in the country to win national championships in all three debate formats, with 45 consecutive overall state championships. At the Institute, we teach our students with the same energy and rigor that has produced a strong history of success—and former students at the Institute have gone on to win a number of awards, including those listed above.
Our curriculum is developed and refined every year. Discussions with former students, parents, and the directors of the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops and the Dartmouth Debate Institute ensure our instruction improves every year. Come see how the most decorated high school debate program in New England learns, competes, and wins.
Authentic Commitment to Education.
The Lexington Debate Institute is the only non-profit summer debate program for middle schoolers in the Greater Boston area. Our identity as a non-profit means we put a premium focus on your child's education. Proceeds go to support the Lexington Debate Team through Backers of Lexington Debate, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are thankful to be housed by Lexington High School and appreciate their support of our program and the high school's debate team.
Qualified Instructors at an Affordable Rate.
Though our program serves as a fundraiser for the Lexington High School debate team, we are committed to spreading the skills of debate to all interested, regardless of financial background. We have a generous financial aid program for all students on free/reduced lunch. If you are interested and qualify, mark this on our registration form. Our program is priced competitively with programs across the country. Proceeds go to support the Lexington Debate Team for travel and competition.
A Chance to Test the Waters.
Debate is an exciting activity, but parents and children alike often don't know much about it before they begin high school. Our program offers an opportunity to test the waters of debate over the summer, without having to commit fully during the school year. The one week option is a great way to gently introduce your child to the basics of debate. Bonus: if space allows and your child is having fun, we may be able to let them stay for a second week (payment will adjust to the two week rate from the initial time of registration).
Extended Curriculum for Advanced Students.
Over the last two years, we have formalized an advanced curriculum for students with experience in debate. If your child attended the Lexington Debate Institute or another debate program last year, you are welcome to sign them up for our extended curriculum, with a greater focus on research, complex argumentation, and even more practice debates.
Marked Improvement at an Exciting Pace.
We only have two weeks to spend with your children, so we've packed the days with engaging discussions, skill-building exercises, and a plethora of practice debates and speaking activities. We have classes moving at different paces, but students across the board reported significant improvement in skills last year. View some of the data collected below.