Richmond Debate
Who are we?

Richmond Debate Institute is focused on fostering Speech & Debate in Richmond. Our online student programs, summer camps, and school packages help students sharpen their critical thinking and succeed in debate. 


A high school debater with a state or national prize is 30% more likely to attend a top-tier university. 

- Wall Street Journal  

Richmond Debate
Our Summer Camps

Our online summer academies ignite students' curiosity and push them to question, research, and present arguments. At our camps, students learn the art of critical thinking and public speaking through competitive debate. 



Parent, 2019

“Perfect and carefully sorted out classes worth all your time and money!

Middle School Speech & Debate League

Richmond Debate Institute is working alongside The Richmond Forum and SPEAK RVA to bring Richmond's first Middle School Speech & Debate League, free to all students and completely online. Our league will offer online lessons introducing students to Speech & Debate, and online live practice rounds. Learn more about our online after-school programs.  


Our Proud Partners


We are committed to The Richmond Region Speech and Debate Initiative (RRSDI) to develop Speech & Debate programs in all of the middle schools and high schools in the outer Richmond area. 

Richmond Debate Institute 


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