Debate LA is a superior speech and debate program for students in grades 5 – 12. Since the program began in 2015, hundreds of campers have attended each summer. Debate LA is one of the only programs with options for novice debaters as well as elite, nationally competitive debaters. Regardless of level and experience, Debate LA will provide great teaching and coaching.
LEADERSHIP AND PHILOSOPHY
DebateLA is guided by debate professionals Mike Bietz, Greg Achten, and Jenny Achten. Between high school and college, the three have coached 24 varsity national champions. They know a top-notch camp requires excellent teaching. Debate LA has a combination of experienced and innovative instructors so that the participants get the most out of their experience. While Debate LA is a full-day program, it has a reasonable schedule. Each day ends in the late afternoon so that students grow as debaters and have healthy experiences.
DebateLA supports school-centered debate programs. Our directors run large programs and understand that the purpose of summer camp is to supplement the coaching received at home. We strive to send kids home ready to support their school program and share the skills they learned at DebateLA.
Our alumni have been in late outrounds of nearly every major tournament in the country. In just the last 5 seasons they have won: Tournament of Champions, National Debate Coaches Association, Greenhill RR, Greenhill, Yale, Loyola, CSU Long Beach, Presentation RR, Presentation, St. Marks, Meadows, Notre Dame (Hollywood Invitational), Glenbrooks, Alta, Peninsula, UNLV (Golden Desert), Stanford, Berkeley, and USC.