Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate (ACSD)

For students entering grades 6-9 as of this Fall. This program is for students who have attended ICSD or for students who have substantial prior experience in competitive speech and debate. ACSD will take students on a deep dive into one or two competitive events and develop event-specific skills. We offer courses in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Public Forum Debate, Interpretation, Original/Platform Speech, and Spontaneous/Limited Prep Speech.

We will use NSDA preliminary topic lists for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. Students in ACSD will be split into small groups with expert instructors based on prior experience. Newer students will focus on solidifying event-specific skills, while more experienced students will engage in advanced seminars, drills, and fall topic prep and/or speech drafting.


June 26-30


  • Speech: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Debate: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On Friday, we will hold a miniature tournament, where students can practice the skills they have learned throughout the week!

Enrollment Options

Full Day (Speech & Debate): $400

Half Day – speech (morning) or debate (afternoon only): $250


Early Bird (until May 1): $50 discount
ICSD + ACSD series: $100 discount from combined price
Sibling discount: $50
(Discounts are stackable)

50% of open slots are scholarship slots – students with need can apply.

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