We are delighted to offer online summer programming for elementary students who will be in 5th and 6th grade during the 2020-2021 school year. Whether they are already connected with an existing Public Debate Program or are new to the activity, we are ready to serve them.

Students gain so much from participating in debate, including learning about civic engagement, having more confidence and self-esteem, getting public speaking practice, and working with a team. Elementary Public Debate Programs allow young students to begin to engage with the concept of structured argument. Students are taught to speak in front of their peers and consider multiple different viewpoints.

The debates center around a specific topic. This summer, our elementary program will debate the topic:

Summer is better than any other season.Elementary Summer 2020 Topic: "Summer is better than any other season."

Once enrolled, students will be sorted into smaller instructional groups. These smaller groups are called labs and the labs meet daily with their instructors, or lab leaders. All of our instructional staff are rising high school seniors or college students. Most of them participated in Sacramento-area Public Debate Programs in Middle School. Once your student is sorted into a lab, that group becomes their class for the entire program. They will learn together and work together like a classroom would during the school year. They will be further sorted into a debate partnership with two other students, and together the three of them will compete together in the tournament at the end of the program. Each lab will have 12-24 students and 2-3 lab leaders.

Labs will meet online daily via Google Meet, and communicate further using Google Classroom and Google Drive. Interested students should make sure their equipment meets all our program technology requirements before enrolling. Labs are not pre-recorded — they are live instruction. Labs are also not recorded to protect the privacy and safety of minors. Students should prepare to attend their lab meetings daily and will not be able to make up missed time.

Ready to sign up?

Once you have enrolled and paid, you will be contacted by us within 24 hours with your enrollment packet. Parents or guardians will need to fill out and return paperwork. This paperwork can be printed and scanned, or signed electronically and returned. This packet must be returned! Please add @sudl.org to your email whitelist in order to make sure you receive the packet.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).