Learn Debate in a Fun, Welcoming, Environment!

Prerequisite: Must have attended either Debate Fundamentals (1-week program), one semester of Lumos Debate Team or significant outside debate experience.

Students will learn the basics of debate including how to write a case, how to use evidence, how to do a cross examination, and how to give a rebuttal. Your child will also get lots of public speaking practice to improve their projection, body language, eye contact, and get lots and lots of practice giving speeches!

This is a high-energy, active program filled with fun speaking games and activities that your child will absolutely love! And our instructors are friendly, warm, and great at making debate exciting. Your child will learn how to debate, and have a really fun summer experience as well!

Click here to see our full set of In-Person Summer programs for Grades 4-10!

Age Range

12-15 Years Old


9 am - 4 pm

Skill Level

Intermediate - Advanced


June 24 - Aug 16


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1 week


$995 $1075

Use discount code JLSIP1 to get a $80 discount for a special price of $995, available until July 31st, 2024.

Bring a friend! If both friends register we'll provide a $25 referral discount to both families (issued as a refund after registration is complete)!

Sibling discount is now 5% of paid tuition per child and will be issued as a refund once registration is complete.

Topic Areas - this summer, our students will research three different topic areas. The final resolutions will be selected a few weeks before the session.

Topic 1: US Policy. This topic area focuses specifically on domestic US policy - it covers everything from healthcare, to labor laws, to immigration policy, economic policy, and more. During this session, students will focus on a specific area of US policy and its effect on US families and communities.

Topic 2: Energy/Technology. This topic area covers a range of options including climate change policy, biotechnology, infrastructure, big tech companies, regulation, and more. During this session students will focus on a specific area of technology and debate it's harms and benefits.

Topic 3:  Current Events. This topic area includes a wide range of issues, including trade policy, geopolitics, regional instability, and healthcare, and domestic crises. During this session, students will focus on a specific currents events issue and the US or international response.

6:1 Student Teacher Ratio

We group our students by age and experience into classes of twelve with two teachers per class. Having a small class size is absolutely critical for making sure that every student gets to speak - even our shy or more reluctant students. The 6:1 student teacher ratio also means that our instructors really get to know each child's strengths and weaknesses and provide targeted coaching throughout the week.

Build Confidence through Practice!

At school, public speaking can be  scary, intimidating, and high pressure. At Lumos, we take the exact opposite approach. We want public speaking to be fun, easy, and familiar. We incorporate lots of fun speaking games and activities into the curriculum so students can really have fun as they practice public speaking. Lumos provides a low-pressure environment, where your child has the space to experiment and really find their own unique voice!

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