2022 SUMMER ONLINE CLASSES OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

 Based in Fairfax, our camps teach students research, critical thinking, public speaking, case construction, and other techniques necessary to excel in competitive debate and public speaking. VDA's low teacher-student ratio provides students ample time and resources to improve their craft and have a fun, valuable experience. We are currently exploring options to offer in person classes this summer. 

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Introduction to Competitive Debate, Online Class

July 25 - July 29 
9 AM - 4 PM 
Students with 0-1 years of debate experience

Students will participate in lectures, games, workshops, and debates to learn case construction, rebuttal, framework, and crossfire techniques. Debaters will research unique and challenging topics that are debated on the competitive circuit. High performing students are welcomed to take the advanced course after completing this class. 

Class tuition: $349

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Advanced Debate Course, Online Class

August 1 - August 5 
9 AM - 4 PM
Students with prior debate or camp
experience

Seasoned debaters will participate in Socratic seminars, workshops, and debates to  hone their research, speaking, and debate capabilities. Our unique curriculum—covering traditional and progressive styles—will provide debaters with the critical thinking skills, research ability, and institutional knowledge to excel in local, state, and national circuit.

Class tuition: $349

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Special Topics in Debate, Online Class

Saturday; 
August 6 - 27
10 AM - 12 PM
All Students

Debaters will participate in sessions each Saturday during August, which will cover advanced topics. They will learn additional research and critical thinking skills, such as research design and heuristic biases in research and argumentation. Our sessions will also have deep dives into popular topic areas, like international relations and economics. The course is taught by VDA directors, based on their previous work with national circuit debaters and undergraduate students.

Class tuition: $250

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Private Coaching

For students that cannot attend camp dates or are looking for coaching during the season, private tutor sessions are available. Tutor schedules and prices are flexible.