Elementary Debate

After School Learning Program


Next Session: Summer 2022 (June)     
Times = To Be Determined
Intermediate Class = Min. Donation: $20

About This Course

About This Course

The Bluegrass Debate Coalition is committed to providing low-cost yet high-quality debate education to students of all levels in the state of Kentucky. To fulfill this mission, we offer a variety of online synchronous courses that students may enroll in. Upon completion of our classes, students will have stronger skills in communication, critical thinking, researching, writing, and argumentation. Download the full course syllabus here.

Our Elementary-School Courses are geared at students in grades 1st through 4th. These classes accommodate students of all different backgrounds. No matter your experience in Speech and Debate, we encourage you to join us. Our Elementary School Course includes 2 sessions, each with 6 classes. Each classes runs approximately 90 minutes. All classes are EST times.

This course is completely free for all students in the state of Kentucky. For any questions or concerns, please reach us at: (859)-218-8888.

The Bluegrass Debate Coalition is committed to providing low-cost yet high-quality debate education to students of all levels in the state of Kentucky. To fulfill this mission, we offer a variety of online synchronous courses that students may enroll in. Upon completion of our classes, students will have stronger skills in communication, critical thinking, researching, writing, and argumentation. Download the full course syllabus here.

Our Elementary-School Courses are geared at students in grades 1st through 4th. These classes accommodate students of all different backgrounds. No matter your experience in Speech and Debate, we encourage you to join us. This Elementary School Course includes 5 classes, with each class running approximately 90 minutes. All classes are EST times.

This course is completely free for all students in the state of Kentucky.

About This Course

About This Course (Online: Zoom)

The Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) offers a low-cost after-school debate program to all elementary, middle, and high school students in Kentucky. The purpose of these courses is to help young people in grades 3-12 develop greater self-confidence, increase their critical thinking/reasoning skills, and learn to collaborate effectively. Done effectively, debate education can lead to an increase in academic performance, a deeper commitment to learning, and instill a stronger sense of community and belonging. The essential life skills that follow can open new pathways to success. Classes are mostly activity-based, taught with lots of energy, keeping things fun, with a healthy amount of rigor and relevance.
Elementary classes meet online, once per week for 90 minutes over a six-week period, followed by a small contest a few weeks later. Beginning classes have no cost and can be repeated as many times as desired. Intermediate and advanced classes are free for the first day of class, to continue requires a minimum donation*.
*This minimum donation of $20 can be waived - please send us an email to request a donation waiver.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at bluegrassdebate@uky.edu or by phone at (859) 218-8888.

The Bluegrass Debate Coalition is committed to providing low-cost yet high-quality debate education to students of all levels in the state of Kentucky. To fulfill this mission, we offer a variety of online synchronous courses that students may enroll in. Upon completion of our classes, students will have stronger skills in communication, critical thinking, researching, writing, and argumentation. Download the full course syllabus here.

Our Elementary-School Courses are geared at students in grades 1st through 4th. These classes accommodate students of all different backgrounds. No matter your experience in Speech and Debate, we encourage you to join us. Our Elementary School Course includes 2 sessions, each with 6 classes. Each classes runs approximately 90 minutes. All classes are EST times.

This course is completely free for all students in the state of Kentucky. For any questions or concerns, please reach us at: (859)-218-8888.

Beginner Classes


Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm, for 6 Weeks
(Start: Nov 1st)

Fridays,
4:00-5:00pm,
for 6 Weeks
(Start: Nov 5th)

Beginner Classes


Mondays,
4:00-5:00pm,
for 6 Weeks
(Start: Nov 1st)

Fridays,
4:00-5:00pm,
for 6 Weeks
(Start: Nov 5th)

Intermediate Classes


Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm, for 6 Weeks
(Start: Nov 3rd)

Intermediate Classes


Wednesdays,
4:00-5:00pm,
4 Weeks - Recurring
(Start: Nov 3rd)

Advanced Classes


Currently Unavailable
(Maybe Spring '22)

Advanced Classes


Currently Unavailable
(Possibly Spring 2022)