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Climb After School
Speech & Debate Programs

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Spring Session Info and Registration will show by March 1

SPEECH & DEBATE PROGRAMS

Elementary (3rd-5th grade)

Middle School (6th-8th grade)

High School (9th-12th grade)

Students who join our program develop self-confidence, thinking skills, and have fun communicating about important issues.

 

Students work with other motivated, smart kids. They learn to express themselves, organize their thoughts better and meet other students who want to discuss interesting ideas.​

Over 1,200 students participated in our programs over the last year.

  • Led by Jim Hanson, one of the most successful speech and debate coaches in the nation. He has extensive and award winning experience teaching speech and debate (Coach of 7 national championship teams, NDT top speaker, CEDA National Champs, NPTE top speaker). He works with a highly qualified staff to provide individualized instruction. 
     

  • Our students have won dozens of awards, including multiple first places at Puget Sound high school tournaments, the 400+ student middle school tournaments hosted by Seattle University, and the national Climb speech and debate tournaments.

Deep learning process

  • Our individualized learning method (1 instructor with 4 to 8 students) and heavy emphasis on having students put into practice what we cover means students learn actively.
     

  • Kids who graduate from the program sessions write better papers, are more knowledgeable about the world, work better with other students, and give better presentations in their classes.
     

  • Students really like the fun of exchanging ideas, winning, and learning in an extremely active capacity. See how our program can help your child!

Spring Session Info and Registration will show by March 1

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Parents and students love the program...

TESTIMONIALS

 

Jim Hanson receives comments nearly every week:
 

"My daughter LOVES debate."
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"My kid looks forward to each week. It is the one program that really engages and lights up his day."
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"You've given my son the self confidence he needed. He is now much more social and he can easily express what he is thinking."

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Program, Dates & Fees

Fees

  • FEES FOR THE SPRING PROGRAM ARE NOT YET SET.

  • Elementary students (3rd - 5th grade):

  • Debate: $165

  • Speech: $215
     

  • Middle Schoolers (6th grade - 8th grade):

  • Debate: $205

  • Speech: $215

  • Congress: $175
     

  • High Schoolers (9th grade - 12th grade):

  • Debate $295

  • Speech: $215

  • Congress: $185

  • See below for descriptions of the programs
     

  • Lower income household? When you register, choose one of the two options for 50% or 95% fee reduction (no forms--just a click). We want our programs to be affordable to all families.

Fees include:

  • All instruction, materials on topics

  • Participation in the Seattle U Tournaments is an optional, additional fee of $45 for speaking events or congress, $50 for elementary debate, $55 for middle school debate, $60 for high school debate, and $15 extra for in-person (food costs). Students registered for debate can do a speech event for $20 extra.

  • Participation, in-person, in local high school tournaments in person is unfortunately very costly. The cost is $95 for local high school tournaments. Note--Climb does not transport students to the in-person tournaments--that is up to the student/parents.

  • All Instruction is ONLINE but the Seattle U tournaments may optionally be attended in-person (except the January Middle School tournament) and the local high school tournaments are in-person only.

Refund Policy

 

If you drop 7 or more days before the first class, you will receive 95% refund.

 

If you drop 2-6 days before the first class, you will receive 90% refund.

 

If you drop 2 days before the second class, you will receive 60% refund.

 

If you drop 2 days before the third class, you will receive 30% refund.

 

After the third class, there are no refunds.

 

We do NOT refund for missing a class, for being late to a class, nor for missing a tournament that is part of the program, nor for dropping the class after the first 3 classes.

 

Students can makeup missed classes by viewing our program's PowerPoints and/or joining the class on a different day (arrange with Jim Hanson).

 

You can switch days of the week at no cost IF there is space available to do so.

 

The refund policy is based on the fact that registration processing takes our time and once we hire a staff member--we have to pay them for the entire program even when students drop and it is disruptive to teams and labs who have to be reconfigured.

Program Dates

We offer Speech and Debate Programs for 4th through 12th grade!

DATES BELOW ARE FOR THE WINTER PROGRAM.

DATES FOR THE SPRING PROGRAM ARE NOT YET SET.

  • ELEMENTARY DEBATE 3rd 4th 5th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 23 - March 10, Choose Mon, Wed or Fri

    • 4:15pm to 5:30pm

    • No class week of Feb 20-24
    • We have a new format for beginners that makes it more accessible (returners continue with the current format of debate)
    • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle University Elementary Debate tournament which occurs Sunday March 12, online or in-person (additional fee).

  • ELEMENTARY SPEECH 3rd 4th 5th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 24 - March 9, Choose Tues or Thurs

  • 6:15pm to 8:00pm

  • No class week of Feb 20-24

    • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle University Elementary Speech Tournament which occurs Sunday March 12, online or in-person (additional fee).​

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE 6th, 7th, 8th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 23-March 10, Choose Mon, Wed or Fri

    • Week 1-2: 5:40pm to 7:40pm

    • Week 3-6: 5:40pm to 7:20pm

    • No class week of Feb 20-24

    • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle U MS tournament Sat. March 11 (online only, additional fee) or Sun. March 12 (in-person or online, additional fee).

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH 6th, 7th, 8th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 24 - March 9, Choose Tues or Thurs

  • 6:15pm to 8:00pm

  • No class week of Feb 20-24

  • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle University Middle School Speech Tournament which occurs Sunday March 12, online or in-person (additional fee).

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL CONGRESS

  • Weeks of Jan 24 - March 7, Choose Tues

    • 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    • No class week of Feb 21

    • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle University Congress Tournament which occurs Sunday March 12, online or in-person (additional fee).

  • HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE 9th-12th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 12 - March 9, Choose Thurs

    • 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    • No class week of Feb 2 and Feb 23

    • Students can and should participate in the Seattle University High School Tournament Online (Jan 27-28) and also additional high school tournaments (additional fees for these tournaments).

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  • HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH 9th-12th graders

  • Weeks of Jan 24 - March 9, Choose Tues or Thurs

  • 6:15pm to 8:00pm

  • Students can choose to participate in the Gig Harbor High School (Nov 4-5), Tahoma High School Tournament (Nov 18-19)* OR the Seattle University High School Speech Tournament which occurs Sunday Nov 20, online or in-person (additional fee).

  • *we do not know at this time if the Tahoma or Gig Harbor High School tournaments will be in-person, online, or both.

  • HIGH SCHOOL CONGRESS

  • Weeks of Jan 24 - March 7, Choose Tues

    • 7:15pm to 8:30pm

    • No class week of Feb 21

    • Students can and should choose to participate in the Seattle University Congress Tournament which occurs Sunday March 12, online or in-person (additional fee).

After School Programs

New & Experienced Students

  • NEW DEBATERS: Students begin by learning key skills for debating. The structure of an argument, responding to opposing arguments, ask and answering questions, taking notes, making cases, researching, and synthesizing the arguments in a debate into a persuasive argument. Students work in small groups--our staff to student ratio is typically 1 to 6 students. Students engage in debates with expert feedback and engage in redos to improve their speaking and argument skills. All the while, they are building up social connections and friendships with other students who share their goals.
     

  • EXPERIENCED DEBATERS: Experienced students build off the debate knowledge they have gained. Working in small labs of 4 to 6 students, they learn advanced skills and strategies and how to put them into action. They work on and debate different topics. They are challenged by more difficult debates. They are challenged to improve their cases and responses. All along, they are working with their debate friends--a supportive, high achieving group who want the best for each other.

  • SPEAKERS: Students will learn new kinds of speeches and prepare, practice, and present 2 different kinds of speeches. We are offering 1) PowerPoint speaking; 2) Extemp-Impromptu speaking; 3) Informative-Persuasive-Humorous (ADS) speaking; 4) Interpretation (Play-Prose-Poetry performances). Experienced speakers get advanced work with our experts to take their speeches from decent to great. Throughout you work with other friendly students who are just as interested in ideas and communication as you are.

  • CONGRESS offers students the persuasive skills, questioning and refutation, as well as negotiation and compromise, to make a case for and against change in government policies. Students will learn about issues and policies that our instructors and that they, the students, prepare themselves. This is an excellent event for students who want a balance between speaking and debating.

​*Our After School Speech and Debate Programs are held ONLINE. You need a device with webcam and reliable internet--we will use ZOOM. We have a limited number of loaner laptops at low cost for low income and Rainier Scholar families.

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Tournaments can be attended online or in-person--you will choose.

Program Information

  • Elementary Debate Program: Elementary students debate at a challenging but supportive level. They research topics, take both sides on the topic, and present cases, refute opposing cases, defend their cases and summarize the debate to persuade their judges. Topics are mostly chosen by students and have included school cell phone use, ending plastic bags, video game effects on kids, vaccine mandates, and cigarette sales. Recognitions for all and awards for top teams and speakers finish the program. Students are also encouraged to participate in the tournament shortly after the end of the class, one where Climbers have placed 1st team and 1st speaker (extra fee).

  • Middle School Debate Program: Middle Students debate using the Public Forum format on a topic about whether standardized testing is beneficial. They learn research skills, presenting cases, refuting, defending their arguments, and summarizing the debate to persuade their judges. The topic was chosen by students and Puget Sound coaches. Students are encouraged to have a culminating experience at the end of the program, competing in the Seattle University Middle School tournament--one of the biggest tournaments on the west coast with 400+ debaters competing (and one where Climb has won dozens and dozens of awards). 

  • High School Debate Program: High School Students debate in the Western Washington high school tournament circuit. (LD debate). They learn about values, philosophy, and current issues reflecting choices society is making. They learn research, case building, responding, and rebuttal arguments to persuade judges. Topics are chosen by the national organization NSDA. Students are encouraged to have a culminating experience in a High School Tournament.

  • Speech Program: Elementary, Middle School, High School. Students will learn new kinds of speeches and prepare, practice, and present two different kinds of speeches. We are offering 1) PowerPoint speaking; 2) Extemp-Impromptu speaking; 3) Informative-Persuasive-Humorous (ADS) speaking; 4) Interpretation (Play Prose Poetry performances). Students have an optional culminating experience in a Speech tournament.

  • Congress Program: Middle School, High School. Students learn how to argue policy proposals in a congressional like setting. They'll research and learn about bills, how to make a persuasive case for change, and how to question, refute, and defend their bills. As they progress, they'll learn parliamentary procedure and effective, strategic ways to win over others.

Spring Session Info and Registration will show by March 1

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