Critical thinking, Public Speaking, and Writing Skills!

In this program, students will learn the basics of Public Forum Debate, which is the primary debate format at highschool debate tournaments in the US. Your child will learn to write a case, conduct research, use evidence, give rebuttals, and engage in cross examination. Students will also get a lot of practice with speaking confidence, projection, body language, tone, and poise.

The program culminates in a full debate tournament, where students will have the opportunity to compete in three debate rounds, get feedback from judges, and win awards!

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 public speaking exciting. Your child will develop their public speaking confidence, and have a really enjoyable summer experience as well!

Click here to see our full set of Online Summer Programs for grades 4-10!

Age Range

12-16 Years Old


9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
(1 hour lunch break)

Skill Level

Beginner - Intermediate


June 21 - August 13


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2 weeks



Bring a friend! If both friends register for the same class/dates,

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.

Dates for sessions

Topic Areas - this summer, our students will research two 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 it's affect on US families and communities.

Topic 2: Global Current Events. This topic area includes a wide range of issues, including trade policy, geopolitics, regional instability, and global healthcare. During this session, students will focus on a specific currents events issue and the correct international response.

4:1 Student Teacher Ratio

We've found that, especially for online coaching, 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 4:1 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.

Private Coaching Built-In

The most effective teaching we do is in one-on-one coaching with students. These highly-focused sessions lead to immense growth in each student's capabilities, because they get immediate feedback on their volume, voice, and tone. Our schedule has been designed to emphasize one-on-one coaching, personal feedback, and lots of speaking practice!

The Lumos Curriculum Flow

Lumos Flow Chart

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