Upper School Course Description

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Advanced Debate

Debate fosters critical thinking and communication skills for the 21st century while providing students with the forum to nurture their sense of advocacy and intellectual purpose. Advanced Debate is the official course for students who want to be on the debate team and is offered in the fall and winter trimester (the team’s competitive season is October-March). Students from any grade level may enroll in this class so long as they have completed Intro to Debate or competed in Middle School. Students should re-enroll in this class every year they want to compete for the team. The course emphasizes “Public Forum” and “Policy” debate events, but other styles are available to explore and independent research and practice is encouraged. Students will be eligible for all local tournament opportunities and a variety of national trips depending on performance and debaters are expected to compete at least once a month.