VDA camps consist of lectures, workshops, Socratic seminars, and games that teach students the skills necessary to excel in competitive debate. Our unique curriculum fosters students' critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking skills.
Virginia Debate Academy has extensive experience with middle school debate, coaching Rachel Carson Middle School to first place overall at Urban Debate Nationals in 2015. Coaching includes lectures on advanced debate techniques, judging for mock debates, case review, and topic analysis. We can also help your school establish a team.
We critique cases provided to us to improve overall quality. Critiques focus on argumentative strategy, evidence strength, and rhetorical impact.
Want to work one-on-one with a VDA teacher? Our instructors are available for personal coaching sessions upon contact. Please contact us if interested. We coach debaters in any of their needs.
Virginia Debate Academy was founded in 2015 and is Virginia's premier debate coaching service for students in grades 5-12. VDA has worked with over 300 students and coaches from over fifty-five schools in Virginia, including selective magnet high schools and nationally-ranked middle schools. VDA alumni continue to experience similar success.
VDA is dedicated to providing a quality debate education to students of all backgrounds. Debate provides students with opportunities to explore important topics, develop their critical thinking, find their inner voice, and have fun.
"We are a Northern Virginia High School team who has always worked super hard to advance to Metros, without much success. Last year we sent our debate team to Virginia Debate Academy for summer camp. The training was rigorous, thorough and very affordable. This debate season we saw the teams who had trained and competed this year have already qualified for the National Qualifying events. Thank you, Virginia Debate Academy!"
— Head Coach, Freedom High School