SELECTing THE RIGHT DIVISION FOR COURSES
USE THIS GUIDE TO SELECT THE BEST DIVISIONAL FIT FOR YOUR CHILD:
Each child is born a creative genius with endless raw potential. Parents and Educators need to help them realize their potential. We recognize that some kids are more confident, while others are extremely shy (which debate is great for!); some kids have prior experience in debate, while others do not.
That's why we've created six different divisions, so that kids at transitioning grades have the option to join the best fit. There is really no hurry, and it's more important that kids gain confidence as they develop. If you have questions on finding the right divisional fit, please ask us for help on WhatsApp.
SELECTING THE RIGHT FIT BY GRADE LEVEL:
Divisional Codes: YE (Young Explorers), JES (Junior ES), ES (Elementary School), JMS (Junior Middle School), MS (Middle School), HS (High School)
Grade 1: YE
Grade 2: YE
Grade 3: YE or JES
Grade 4: ES
Grade 5: ES
Grade 6: JMS or MS
Grade 7: MS
Grade 8: MS
Grade 9: HS
Grade 10: HS
Grade 11: HS
Grade 12: HS
YE (Young Explorers) is a fun and gentle introduction to debate using relatable topics to learn basic research, discussion and debate skills. Courses are open to students in Grade 1-3 for one hour daily and offered at selected times during the year. To join the waitlist for the next YE course, signup here.
Grade 3 students who have completed a YE program or who are advanced readers, mature, and confident may enroll in courses open to JES (Junior ES). JES students prepare for and participate in debates and are eligible for a Practice JES Tournament.
Grade 6 students have the option to compete in either JMS (Grade 6 only) tournaments or in MS Division tournaments (open to Grades 6 to 8). Classes for JMS provide most students a more progressive transition into Middle School level competitive debating. For Grade 6 students seeking a higher level of challenge, opt directly for MS Division classes.
We take grade level and ability into consideration while pairing students within classes for an appropriate balance of challenge and mentorship during practice drills and debates.