Queens Summer Debate Institutes

About the Queens Summer Debate Institute

Queens is one of the most diverse places on the planet.  In turn, the debate programs of Queens are some of the most successful in New York City. The Queens Debate Institute (QDI) is located at Maspeth High School.  Like our other debate institutes, QDI’s greatest strengths are derived from the community.  Our partnerships with local Queens colleges such as St. John’s University which has one of the nation’s leading debate programs as well as other college debate teams – bring some of the greatest debate instruction and coaching.  QDI offers public forum and parliamentary debate and is the perfect place for debaters to jump start the upcoming debate season!  So join us at QDI!

The Debate Camp is staffed by New York’s top middle school and high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters. Tracks are available for beginners as well as advanced debaters. Skills include public speaking, cross examination, critical thinking, research, argumentative writing, public forum debate, and policy debate. Subjects include the current policy debate resolution, philosophy, political science, critical theory, economics, history, geography, international politics and more. Students will gain a competitive edge for the upcoming debate season.


Maspeth High School.  We thank Maspeth High School for hosting! 


Our Summer Debate Institute ends with a complete Friday Tournament where all participants receive awards. There will be a 3 round tournament from 9:00am-3:00pm with an Awards Ceremony. We also recognize students for their incredible work throughout the summer. All debaters with outstanding attendance will receive Certificates of Completion for the Summer Debate Academy. Individual Lab Leaders will also recognize top students in each lab.  The goal of the summer debate tournament is to replicate our regular tournaments of the Queens Debate League and the New York City Debate League. 

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