Learn New Debate Techniques and Strategies!

Prerequisite: Must have attended either the Lumos Debate Institute (2-week program) or one semester of Lumos Debate Team. Rising 7th grade members of the Lumos Debate Team automatically qualify.

In this program, students will continue to develop their skillset in Public Forum Debate, which is the primary debate format at highschool debate tournaments in the US. Your child will be grouped with other advanced debate students and focus on a variety of PF debate techniques including more research strategies, rebuttal preparation, summary structure, case writing, etc.

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!

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

Age Range

13-17 Years Old


10 am - 12:30 pm ET
1:30 pm - 4 pm ET
(1 hour lunch break)

Skill Level



June 27 - August 19


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2 weeks


$1020 $1,170

Use discount code JLSON2 to get a $150 discount for a special price of $1020, available until July 31, 2022.

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.

Please note there will be no class July 4. The June 27-July 8 session will be pro-rated.

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 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.

Topic 3: 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.

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.

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!

The Lumos Curriculum Flow

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