The Claremont Colleges Debate Union sponsors debate and leadership and professional workshops on campus throughout the summer. Instruction is designed to accommodate new and experienced students. There are commuting and residential options. There are two programs for high school students. There are 5 additional sessions for middle school debate students. Programs are designed to mirror the academic experience at Claremont McKenna College – small group instruction, low student to staff ratio (approximately 4-to-1), comprehensive programming and significant additional training in supplemental and elective sessions, after-summer training and internship opportunities during the academic year. More than 350 students participated in 2019 programs.
Summer programs for high school students include (1) HSPDP high school debate format and (2) leadership and professional communication training for academic, extracurricular and organization, and career success. Students meet with admission officers for insight into the college application process, as well as financial aid. They receive seminar instruction on non-fiction writing from a consultant to the college’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse. In 2020, students will have keynote presentations on entrepreneurial skill-building, time management, and digital and social media branding and use.
Middle school students may attend any or all of the (1) 3 debate sessions in the MSPDP format, including a SuperSession with an integrated summer championship tournament and (2) 2 Scholars Programs – leadership/professional communication sessions.
For detailed information on Summer 2020 programs, including application forms, please visit claremontsummer.org after October 1, 2019. Info and application forms will be available then.