The Institute

Our two week program runs from July 15-July 26 and July 29-August 9 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. Show off your skills in a tournament at the end of the Institute.

daily Schedule

8:30 - 9:00

9:00 - 10:00

10:00 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 4:00

4:00 - 4:30

Check in with Staff
Topic of the Day

Lab Discussion - breaking down into groups to discuss the day's topic


Resolution Research - learning about the resolution chosen for the Institute tournament

Workshop - applying the day's topic to exercises



Lexington Debate Clinic

We are excited to announce the upcoming Lexington Debate Clinic, a low-commitment opportunity to learn about debate during the school year through fun and inclusive activities, working alongside current students at the high school to gain a better understanding of what debate is like, with a demonstration debate from nationally successful students at the end. Parents are welcome to attend the demonstration debate, starting at 7:30pm, and stay after to ask questions.


We will be hosting the clinic at Lexington High School (251 Waltham Street) on Friday, March 8, from 5pm - 8:00pm. Dropoff will be in the front on the Worthen Street side. Dinner will be served; cost is $5. Sign up below to register!


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 free of charge 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

Monday, January 14, 7:00-8:00pm - LHS Room 184 (the Debate Room)

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00-8:00pm - LHS Room 184 (the Debate Room)

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00-8:00pm - LHS Room 184 (the Debate Room)

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00-8:00pm - LHS Room 184 (the Debate Room)

Check back soon for additional dates/times! Or sign up to receive notification of times as they are announced:​


Questions? Contact us here, or reach us at

Tel: 857-302-0240

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