The Harvard-Westlake Institute for Debate & Speech Studies

Home of The HW Debate Team, debateLA Summer Debate & Speech Institute, the debateLA Challenge, January Team USA Training & Tournaments

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The Debate Team

The Harvard-Westlake Debate Team is a nationally-recognized program with debaters competing in grades 7-12.

For students in 7th and 8th grade, we participate in the Middle School Public Debate Program.

For students in grades 8-12, debaters have the opportunity to become nationally successful debaters in Lincoln-Douglas Debate & World Schools Debate.We have debaters who have all types of commitment and interest. In total travel to approximately 25 regular season tournaments per year. This gives debaters the opportunity to create a schedule consistent with what they want to get out of debate in context with other activities and responsibilities. 

We've had debaters of all types. Check out our accomplishments page to see the opportunities we give debaters to be among the very best in the nation. 

Proud supporters of Team USA Debate

Proud supporters of Team USA Debate

The Tournaments

The debate team hosts a High School tournament and an Middle School tournament, both in January. 

This year, between the two tournaments, we had 325 debaters from 21 states, representing 77 schools. 

Our middle school tournament is one of two inter-league events, drawing teams from leagues across southern California. 

Our high school tournament is the West Coast's largest high-school run debate tournaments. Prior to the tournament we host a challenge-format invitational called The debateLA Challenge. Our Lincoln-Douglas tournament is an Octafinalist bid to the Tournament of Champions.

This year we also provided financial assistance to facilitate Team USA having it's only all-team training in the lead-up to the World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore.

debateLA is the summer program hosted on the campuses of Harvard-Westlake School and the University of California at Los Angeles. 

We have put together a faculty with a record of coaching success unmatched by any other summer debate program in the country. 

Since 2001, our senior faculty have coached 7 TOC Champions, 5 NSDA (NFL) Champions, 2 NDCA Champions8 Novice National Champions, and dozens of elimination round participants at these national tournaments.

We are revolutionizing how summer debate camp is done. 

Superior Faculty.

Amazing Facilities.

More convenient and priced less than most national debate camps.

We will offer programs in many debate and speech styles for students in grades 5-12.

Harvard-Westlake School

3700 Coldwater Canyon
Studio City, CA 91604
e: debatela@hwdebate.org
p: 818-72HWDB8 (818-724-9328)