Spartan Scholars

Spartan Scholars

Priced as low as $5000*

June 21, 2020 – August 2, 2020


We’re excited to announce that the Spartan Scholars is back and has been reimagined for the digital age. This session of the SDI blends online platforms with the traditional in-person debate camp to improve affordability and accessibility. The Spartan Scholars takes the intensive, individualized instruction that has made past attendees fall in love with the SDI to offer our longest session hosted by MSU yet.

Students will spend time online before the camp working with high-quality instructors to pair an introduction to the topic with daily speaking activities. Students then attend the 4 Week SDI to work in a lab dedicated to other students with the same base of knowledge from the first digital week. At the conclusion of the 4 weeks in person, students will have another set of rigorous instruction, speech-giving and research with instructors online.


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Why Choose the Spartan Scholars?

Flexible Schedule --- The online weeks of instruction allow students to more easily fit debate camp into their busy summer schedules.

Affordable --- The per week cost of the camp is more affordable than traditional brick and mortar camps. Students receive over six weeks of instruction priced as low as $5000.

Students who apply before April 5th receive an early application discount of $200 for a total tuition of $5000. Students who apply after the early application deadline will have a tuition of $5200.

Strong Faculty --- Students will work with some of the finest high school and college coaches in the country including Bill Batterman, coach at Woodward Academy, Maggie Berthiaume, coach at Woodward Academy, Will Repko, three-time NDT winning coach at Michigan State.

The online platform will also allow students to work remotely with a wide array of current and former debate professionals. Students at the 2019 SDI received online instruction and feedback from many former debaters now in the professional space:

-          Michael Horowitz, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania – 2000 NDT Champion

-          Aaron Hardy, National Debate Coaches Association – NDT semi-finalist

-          Alyssa Resar, Research Fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs – multi-year TOC attendee

-          Jack Caporal, associate fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS – multi-year NDT elimination round participant

Individualized Curriculum --- Many workshops have moved labs toward a heavy research focus and away from targeted instruction. The online weeks allow students to move at their own pace with personalized feedback from instructors. The best way to prepare against advanced strategy is to repeatedly simulate debating them and students in the Spartan Scholars will doing speaking activities daily.

Rigorous Instruction --- The SDI prides itself on pushing students to develop the tools necessary to work hard at the institute and after. From “After Lab” (optional lectures from the close of lab until bed-check), to targeted flowing practice, to high expectation from instructors in lab, students have the opportunity to get the most out of their time participating in the camp.


Dates: June 21, 2020 – August 2, 2020

6/21-6/27: Online Content

6/28: SDI Arrival Day

6/29-7/23: In-Person SDI Camp

7/24: SDI Departure Day

7/25-8/2: Online Content


*Price: as low as $5000 (deposits by April 6th)

$5200 if deposit paid after April 6th



Q: What is the typical schedule for the days online?

Students will have approximately 5 hours of instruction on any day online done at their own pace. It will generally involve a lecture, activity or research task, speaking drill, and an electronically submitted speech.


Q: What technological platforms will you be using?

The camp will be most likely be using a blend of Google Classroom, Zoom, Skype and YouTube.


Q: Can I attend only the online instruction weeks?

Students can attend the first week of online instruction for $400 but unfortunately cannot attend both online weeks because the last week of the camp will build on the curriculum developed over the in-person camp at MSU. If this is an option you would like to try, email us at