Climb After School Debate Programs
for Elementary 4th and 5th Graders
for Middle School 6th through 8th Graders

Join our Summer Camp or look for information in late August/early September about our fall afterschool programs.

550 Students joined our program in our Winter and Spring sessions. 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 interested in discussing interesting ideas.

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 dozens of awards including multiple first places at the middle school tournaments hosted by Seattle University where 300+ students participate from all over the Puget Sound area.

Parents and students love the program. Jim Hanson receives comments nearly every week:

"My daughter LOVES debate."
"My kid looks forward to each week. It is the one program that really engages and lights up his day."
"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."

Our individualized instruction (1 instructor with 6 students) and heavy emphasis on having students put into practice what we cover makes the learning in our courses deep--meaning 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. And students really like the fun of exchanging ideas, winning, and learning in an extremely active capacity. See how our program can help your child!


Affordable options for lower income households. See below.

Note: We will announce our plans for Online/In-Person in early September. We believe our Fall program will be Online with the possibility of an In-Person event one day.

For our Online Program, you need a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computer with webcam and reliable internet. Need the right tech? We may be able to help.

More Details about the Program

Below . . . 

1. Register

2. Dates, Times

3. Payment

1. Register (Waitlist)

Click Here to Register--CLOSED

Fees noted below for each student include all instruction, materials on topics, and participation in the noted tournaments. All events are ONLINE.

Lower income household? When you register, choose one of the two options for lower fees. We want our programs to be affordable to all families.

2. Dates/Times



MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (6th through 8th grade)

$XX (lower income household fee waivers available--see below)

Mondays 5:15 to 7:00pm


Wednesdays 5:15 to 7:00pm

NEW! Fridays 5:15 to 7:00pm

All Classes are Online.

Plus Nov 20 or Nov 21 participate in one of the Seattle U Middle School Tournaments.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (4th and 5th grade)

$XX (lower income household fee waivers available--see below)

Mondays 4:00 to 5:10pm

Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:10pm

NEW! Fridays 4:00 to 5:10pm

All Classes are Online.

Students in the elementary program participate in a tournament that happens during the last 4 classes (online).

    Click Here to Register CLOSED

Fees noted above for each student include all instruction, materials on topics, and participation in the noted tournaments.

All events are ONLINE.

Lower income household? When you register, you can choose our half or full tuition reduction options. You can also request tech support with laptop and wifi options (can't guarantee them but we will work hard to help you as much as possible). We want debate to be accessible and affordable for everyone!

3. Payment/Registration Step 2

Costs are noted above and include all instruction, materials, and tournament participation as noted for the program.

Payment is due by the first day of class.

Fee reductions are available for lower income households, see registration form for choices of half or full tuition reduction options; we may also be able to provide laptops and wifi. If you have questions--just ask Jim Hanson at

Click here to pay with credit card

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