Speech & Debate


Teacher: Mr. Holt
Course Length: Full year
Grade: 7th or 8th

Requirements: Please submit Elective Selection Online Form by 5/28/21. Awareness that this is an academically rigorous course. The California Middle School Speech and Debate class is an elective for advanced students interested in studying a wide range of topics including public policy, philosophy, rhetoric, current events, and public speaking. The purpose of the class is to use the format of debate competition to teach the skills of critical thinking, academic research and writing, ethical decision-making, and public speaking.

Participants compete in the Capitol Region Speech and Debate tournaments and Individual Events where CAL has a tradition of excellence. The program has earned many awards in dramatic interpretation, persuasive speaking, and parliamentary debate, including the top speaker at MSPDP Nationals.  The skills gained through this class will benefit you greatly in high school and beyond.

Students applying for this course should be aware that they are encouraged to participate in both after school and weekend activities.