The Institute

Our two week session runs from July 5 - 16, July 19 - 30, and August 2 - 13 on weekdays, 9am - 4pm. Learn from successful college students how to debate, working on argument structure, research skills, and presentation. Engage in interactive lectures and discussions and apply what you've learned in practice activities. Participate in over ten full-length debates, showing off your skills in a tournament at the end of the Institute.

The one week session runs from July 5 - 9, July 19 - 23, and August 2 - 6. This shortened program emphasizes argumentative reasoning and presentation skills. Students will participate in four full-length debates, as well as interactive discussions and a suite of fun exercises to practice and hone skills.

This year, we are a piloting a half-day program, running from July 5 - 16 from 9am - 12pm. Like the one week session, it emphasizes argumentation and presentation. By the end of the second week, students will have had at least four full-length debates, and developed key presentation skills.

In each session, experienced students will enjoy an advanced curriculum with high school-level theory, argumentative techniques, and additional debates.

This summer, we will hold our program online (just as we did last year, with positive student feedback). Depending on safety and the progression of the virus, we may have a few select in-person programming events, optional for students to attend. If we do hold in-person events, they will be onsite at Lexington High School.

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sample daily Schedule

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3:00 - 4:00

Introduction to Topic of the Day: Standardized Testing - Good or Bad? 

Interactive Discussion on Standardized Testing's Pros and Cons

Tag Team Mini-Debates on Standardized Testing

Mini-Debates Debrief

Evidence Comparison: What Makes a Good, Trustworthy Source?


Evidence Analysis and Debate Preparation

Practice Debate - full-length debate on standardized testing with individualized feedback

Workshop - specialized programming to build argument structure and presentation skills

Information Sessions

Though we heartily recommend our Institute, we understand the gravity of the decision for how your child spends their summer. That's why we'll be hosting multiple information sessions in the coming months, so you and your child have a chance to see what the Institute would be like, and make sure it is the right choice for you. We won't be able to get into the depth of instruction that we'll guarantee over the summer, but hopefully it will help you and your child get an idea of what we aim to achieve by the end of the Institute.

Dates, Times, locations

Tuesday, December 29, 7:00-8:00pm Eastern - Zoom Link

Check back soon for additional dates/times! Below, sign up to attend a session or get notifications as new times are announced:

Lexington Debate Clinic

The Lexington Debate Clinic offers a low-commitment opportunity to learn and practice the basics of debate, including persuasion, argument structure, and critical reasoning. We will also walk through a demonstration debate from successful high school and college debaters.

Sign up below to receive information about the spring clinic as we plan logistics!


Starting this January, students will gain further exposure to debate through practice debates, discussions on theory, and exercises to advance argument comprehension. The club will be run online, and there are no expectations for students to complete homework outside of class. The program has three sections: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

There are two programs: Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Sundays from 4-6pm Eastern. On every fourth week, we will meet for an extra hour to hold a mock tournament.

Students can sign up for individual sessions (Jan/Feb, Feb/Mar, Mar/Apr) or for all three sessions for a 33% discount. Additional sessions will be announced in mid-February.

Beginner: designed for students without experience

Intermediate: designed for students with a summer or more of experience

Advanced: designed for students with two summer's experience

Spring Club