Climb Debate
Bellevue After School
Debate Programs for
Middle Schoolers

Join us for an immersive experience in communicating better about issues important to you. Learn to express yourself; learn to organize your thoughts; meet other students interested in what you are interested in, learn about important subjects.

Led by Jim Hanson, one of the most successful debate coaches in the nation. He has extensive and award winning experience teaching speech and debate. He works with a highly qualified staff to provide individualized instruction. Our students have won many awards including multiple first places at the Seattle University middle school tournaments where 180+ students participate from all over the puget sound area.


Improve your critical thinking skills, your knowledge about the world, all while you have fun engaging in effective communication.

Our After School Debate Programs are held ONLINE at this time.

       The International School 445 128th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

(just north of Factoria; near the Kelsey Creek Farm Park)

Designed for Middle School Students--beginners with no experience to intermediate debaters to polished, highly accomplished champions.

Sorry, we have no openings until Fall. Consider joining us at our Summer Camp.


We meet once a week from 5:05 to 7:05pm.

We will have sessions in the Fall!

Look for details in August.

    Click Here to Register

Fees for each student include all instruction, dinner meals, and materials on topics, speeches, etc.).

Students with and without experience are encouraged and welcome to join! (note session 3-mondays is only for debaters who have done a previous session with us or have gone to a seattle u/similar debate tournament)

Have you already registered for 2019-20 and you want to do another session? Just Click here to register and pay for additional sessions.

In Person Debate Program includes dinner

You like sharing your ideas. You want to prepare for your future. You care about our community and want to advocate for it. You desire to defend your ideas effectively. You want to learn about the world. You want to win! Jim and the Climb staff will give you the skills and practice to debate effectively. This program culminates in debates at Seattle University with middle school students from all over the Puget Sound area.

* dates with an * use an online video program which we will show students how to use instead of regular classrooms because rooms may not be available on those days. Dinner is not provided on these days.

We strongly encourage but do not require students to participate in the Seattle U Middle School Debate Tournaments.  Attending a Seattle U debate tournament costs $60 and includes food and all registration fees.

Climb debate teams placed second and third as a squad, had two of our teams in finals, and the top experienced and top intermediate speaker at the Seattle U 2019-20 tournaments!


Costs are noted above. 

Cost includes all instruction, materials, and dinners.

Tournament fees are not included in the price.

Contact Jim about sliding scale fees--we want our after-school program to be affordable for all families.

Click here to pay with credit card

    Click Here to Register

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