Spartan Debate Institute
Phone: (517) 798-6269 (9:00am - 5:00pm EST business hours until the start of camp)
2020 SDI Sessions:
Two Week Program: June 28-July 10
Four Week Program: June 28-July 24
Spartan Scholars: June 21-August 2
Why choose the SDI?
- Quality Faculty - among the finest college and high school debate coaches in the nation
- Comprehensive and Rigorous Curriculum - inclusive of all debate arguments and styles
- Instruction for All Levels - labs for newcomers and novices to TOC Champions
- Student-Staff Ratio - never higher than 8:1
- More Actual Debating - four or more debates each week
- Individualized Instruction - less lectures, more small group learning
- A Fun, Safe Environment - responsible instructors, permanent dorm staff, and firm, reasonable rules, fairly and consistent enforced
In 1992, the debate team at Michigan State University teamed up with a few local high school debate coaches to create a new debate institute, centered around maximizing rigorous instruction and value for the students who would attend.
In the years since, the Spartan Debate Institutes have grown, hosting more than 3,000 debaters, hailing from all 50 states, coming from schools and debate circuits of all shapes and sizes.
Entering this summer, our commitment to each and every student still revolves around the same principles we pioneered in our first summer:
Established Commitment to Practice Debates - By providing SDI students with a packet of affirmative and negative positions at registration, practice debates and speeches typically begin the second day of the camp. All sessions conclude with judged tournaments for relaxed, yet structured, opportunities for students to validate their educational experiences with extensive student-teacher interaction.
History of Competitive Success – SDI Alumni have won tournaments or Top Speaker awards at the Tournament of Champions, St. Marks, the Glenbrooks, NFL Nationals, NCFL Nationals, and various state championships. Many have gone on to succeed at the very highest levels of intercollegiate debate, including receiving the Copeland award for the top intercollegiate debate team, as well as reaching late elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals and the National Debate Tournament.
Curriculum Diversity – The SDI retains staff members and lab placement for all skill levels, ranging from a pre-novice lab for individuals with no debate experience, to novices, to those seeking to polish national level varsity skills.
Superb Instruction with a Rigorous Curriculum – We have gone to great lengths to bring in top-level members of both the college and high school debate communities to ensure the most well rounded exposure possible. Our staff is not just a dedicated group of successful high school coaches, college coaches, and current college debaters who have excelled. Our staff members are chosen because they are experienced and dynamic educators who have a passion for debate and planned instruction.
A Proven Dedication to Student Learning – Although MSU has the fastest growing institutes – from 43 to 300+ students in eight years – we maintain a low student-staff ratio and a commitment to extensive individual instruction by limiting large lectures and focusing on small group interaction.
Competitive Prices & Scholarships – We are committed to offering outstanding debate instruction at affordable prices, which include tuition, and room and board. Limited need-based financial assistance is also available. The Spartan Debate Institutes offer well-rounded debate instruction at a great value.
SDI Application Deadlines:
April 5th – Early Application Discount Deadline for 4 Week and Spartan Scholars
April 26th – Financial Aid Application Deadline
May 17th – Application Deadline
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