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SUMMER - TWO WEek session

Join LDI for our 2024 Summer Institute on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn from successful high school alumni and college debaters about the intricacies of high-level debate, such as strategic argumentation, persuasive rhetoric, philosophy, and more. Receive interactive lectures alongside in-depth and thoughtful discussions, with immersive activities to apply new concepts and reinforce comprehension. Incorporate core debate skills into a speech, and participate in practice debate exercises. Engage in guided research on a politically significant topic and discussions on applied philosophical ethics. Finish with a final camp-wide tournament and debate against and alongside fellow students.

 

Classes will be held in-person at Lexington High School in accordance to COVID guidelines. The most comprehensive of the programs, this session is open to students who are just beginning debate as well as experienced students who want to advance their skills.

Pricing

Two weeks: $1,750→ $1,450 before April 1
One-week: $1,250 → $1,050 before April 1
Half-day two-weeks: $1,250 → $1,050 before April 1
Half-day one-week: $875 → $775 before April 1

Dates

July 1 - July 12*

July 15 - July 26

July 29 - August 9

*$100 Fourth of July discount

*No class on July 4th

SUMMER - One WEek session

If you are unavailable for the full two-week session, we offer abridged one-week sessions! Join LDI for our 2023 Summer Institute on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn from successful high school alumni and college debaters about the intricacies of high-level debate, such as strategic argumentation, research, persuasive rhetoric, philosophy, and more.

 

All sessions include interactive lectures alongside in-depth and thoughtful discussions, with immersive activities to apply new concepts and reinforce comprehension. The Beginner-Intermediate sessions are open to debaters of all experience levels to either start their debate career or improve upon their current skillset. Finish the session with full-length debates.

The Advanced sessions emphasize research, case writing, and high-level practice debates. Finish with a final camp-wide tournament and debate against and alongside fellow students. We recommend the Advanced sessions only for debaters who have completed at least two summer, fall, or spring sessions of LDI. Students with prior experience are also encouraged to attend the Beginner-Intermediate sessions to strengthen core skills of rhetorical strategy and persuasion.

Classes will be held in-person at Lexington High School in accordance to COVID guidelines. 

Pricing

One-week: $1,250 → $1,050 before April 1
Half-day one-week: $875 → $775 before April 1

Dates

July  1 - July 5 (Beginner-Intermediate)*

July 8 - July 12 (Advanced)

July 15 - July 19 (Beginner-Intermediate)

July 22 - July 26 (Advanced)

July 29 - August 2 (Beginner-Intermediate)

August 5 - August 9 (Advanced)

*$100 Fourth of July discount (Half-day one-week not included)

*No class on July 4th

Summer - half-day option

We offer a half-day option for all sessions at a reduced rate. Join LDI for our 2023 Summer Institute on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn from successful high school alumni and college debaters about the intricacies of high-level debate, such as strategic argumentation, research, persuasive rhetoric, philosophy, and more. Instructors will guide half-day students with additional support to cover the full-day curriculum.

Pricing

Half-day two-weeks: $1,250 → $1,050 before April 1

Half-day one-week: $875 → $775 before April 1

Spring - Three Month Session

​Attend the Lexington Debate Institute on Wednesdays from 4:00pm - 6:00 p.m. at Lexington High school. Learn about argument structure, research skills, and presentation from successful high school alumni and college debaters. Receive interactive lectures alongside in-depth and thoughtful post-lecture discussions, with interactive and immersive activities to reinforce comprehension. Piece together the core three skills into a speech, and engage in practice debate exercises. Engage in guided research on a politically significant topic and discussions on applied philosophical ethics. Finish with exciting and inclusive practice debates.

New this Spring, we are offering an exciting online option for returning or advanced students which will dive deeper into the intricacies of Public Forum debate and explore more difficult to grasp concepts. 

Pricing

$850 

Dates

In Person: Wednesdays, March 6th - May 29th

Online: Tuesdays, March 5th - May 28th

Times & Location

In Person: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Lexington High school

Online: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Spring - Two Month Session

Attend the Lexington Debate Institute for a two month-long session on Wednesdays at Lexington High School. Learn about argument structure, research skills, and presentation from successful high school alumni and college debaters. Receive interactive lectures alongside in-depth and thoughtful post-lecture discussions, with interactive and immersive activities to reinforce comprehension. Piece together the core three skills into a speech, and engage in practice debate exercises. Spend the second week engaging in guided research on a politically significant topic and discussions on applied philosophical ethics. Finish with an exciting and inclusive debate tournament, with fourteen full-length debates.

New this Spring, we are offering an exciting online option for returning or advanced students which will dive deeper into the intricacies of Public Forum debate and explore more difficult to grasp concepts. 

Pricing

$600 

Dates

In Person: Wednesdays, March 6th - May 29th

Online: Tuesdays, March 5th - May 28th

Times & Location

In Person: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Lexington High school

Online: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Spring - One Month Session

​Attend the Lexington Debate Institute for a one month session on Wednesdays at Lexington High School. Learn about argument structure, research skills, and presentation from successful high school alumni and college debaters. Receive interactive lectures alongside in-depth and thoughtful post-lecture discussions, with interactive and immersive activities to reinforce comprehension. Piece together the core three skills into a speech, and engage in practice debate exercises. 

New this Spring, we are offering an exciting online option for returning or advanced students which will dive deeper into the intricacies of Public Forum debate and explore more difficult to grasp concepts. 

Pricing

$325 

Dates

In Person: Wednesdays, March 6th - May 29th

Online: Tuesdays, March 5th - May 28th

Times & Location

In Person: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Lexington High school

Online: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Information Session

Spend an evening learning more about the Lexington Debate Institute. Hear our philosophy for educating your child in person, with significant time reserved for

a Question & Answer session. Decide whether or not the Institute is right for

your child. Both children and parents are welcome!

The first information session will be on Monday, February 19th, 7:30-8:30pm Eastern. Click below to sign up, or to be notified as future dates become available.

Policies

Our Referral Policy
If you refer a friend to the program, send us an email with their name and we'll give you a $25 discount once they register. Refer another friend for an additional $25 off!

Our Family Policy

After the first child signed up, we will offer 10% off registration for every additional child signed up for the Institute. In total, this comes to 5% off for two children, 7% off for three children, and 8% off for four children.

Financial Aid

Though proceeds from the program go directly to support the high school's debate team, we want to make sure that every student can afford to attend. If your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, please email us with documentation to discuss our reduced registration cost.

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