These programs are designed for more advanced students who have already completed our 2-week Debate Institute program. We have options for both 1-week (Accel) and 2-week (Flagship) sessions. Please note that each session has a different topic. You can view the topics for Accel and Flagship if you scroll down.
All our programs have a guaranteed 4:1 student teacher ratio which means that every child gets numerous opportunity to speak. Students will have a morning group session, an afternoon group session, and two sets of private coaching with instructors each day. Even in an online format, we'll have silly games, fun speaking activities, and the dynamic instructors that students love at Lumos!
13 - 15 Years Old
10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
June 22 - Aug 21
1 or 2 weeks
1 week session = $570
2 week session = $1105
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.
Students are not expected to already have familiarity with these issues before coming to the session but will be encouraged to learn about and discuss these issues with our instructors and with each other during the session.
Universal Basic Income - Topic: “The United States Should Provide a Universal Basic Income for its Citizens.”
Students will be asked to think about a range of important economic and cultural issues like: poverty, economic inequality, the welfare system, technological automation, artificial intelligence, inflation, and ethics.
Social Media - Topic: “On Balance, the Benefits of Social Media Outweigh the Harms”.
Students will be encouraged to research issues which may include: political polarization, mental health and happiness, foreign election interference, grassroots political fundraising campaigns (e.g. AOC or Bernie Sanders), #metoo, #blacklivesmatter, the Arab Spring, and the Hong Kong protests.
US Political Systems - Topic: “The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.”
Students will learn about different forms of elections and the electoral college system that America operates under today. Students have the opportunity to learn about representative democracy vs direct democracy, and discuss the demographic tensions in the US including urban vs rural, republican vs democrat, and the east and west coast vs “middle” America.
US Military & Power - Topic: “In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending.”
Students will learn about US foreign policy, and military budgeting. Students will have the opportunity to research a variety of subject areas, including: drone strikes, democracy promotion, military arms sales, nuclear deterrence, US vs China geopolitical balance, and federal spending.
Technology Laws - Topic: The United States federal government should enforce antitrust regulations on technology giants
Students will discuss companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Uber and discuss the benefits of antitrust laws. Students will have the opportunity to research topics including: anticompetitive practices, monopoly or oligopoly markets, regulatory capture, and innovation in capitalism.
US Education - Topic: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States
Students will debate about the benefits and harms of standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and PARC exams. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Gates foundation work, data-driven education methods, closing the achievement gap, and bias in standardized testing.
Economics & Systems - Topic: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.
Students will debate about the current federal debt levels, and the right balance between debt and growth for a nation’s economy. Students will have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of government policy areas, including: welfare, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and military spending.
Energy & The Environment - Topic: The United States should increase its use of nuclear energy for commercial energy production.
Students will learn about different types of renewable energy and compare the benefits of nuclear energy against solar, wind, and fossil fuels. Students will be encouraged to research a wide variety of arguments, including: climate change, energy policy, oil prices, natural gas, and economic stability.
We do classes of 8 students with 2 instructors per class. 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.
Students will practice a variety of different speeches - from argumentative, to informative, to impromptu! The key to building speaking confidence is practice, practice, practice!
Some students need to speak louder, some students need more eye contact, and some need to work on speaking speed. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses!
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, tone. Our schedule has been designed to emphasize one-on-one coaching; throughout a student's five days, they'll get ten 15-minute one-on-one coaching sessions!
Especially in public speaking, students have to learn that mistakes are OK, as long as they keep on going and give it their best shot and try again! Our instructors emphasize positive feedback and encouragement.
Lumos instructors have won dozens of state-level and national-level awards. Your child will get preparation tips and tricks that have been proven to work at the highest levels of competition.