Debate enables students to acquire a variety of academic and personal skills, including platform speaking, research, sportsmanship, logic, writing, and performing in competitive situations. All participants start with a one-semester course, Beginning Debate, which is offered in the fall. This class introduces students to competitive speaking, analytic thinking, the basics of argumentation, and research. At all three levels, students are required to be involved in one of two categories of debate (Lincoln Douglas or Policy), or an individual event such as Oratory, Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation, or Domestic or Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. College Prep is consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the country and recently earned a “Schools of Excellence” award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
Seniors who are strongly motivated to study areas and topics not covered by the curriculum may pursue independent study with the approval of a faculty sponsor, their academic advisor, the appropriate department head, and the Curriculum Committee. Seniors wishing to take on such a project are required to present a proposal to the supervising teacher and the chair of the department involved in the semester before the student expects to do the work. Specific requirements are set by the faculty sponsor and the Curriculum Committee; as a rule, the requirements include substantial research, reading, writing and/or performing, regular meetings with the sponsoring teacher, and a culminating presentation.
More details about the program can be found here