Coaching Students to Their Highest Debating Potential


2020 Summer Speech and Debate Camp REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Virginia Debate Academy is excited to open registration for its summer 2020 Speech and Debate Camp.


This year we are offering eight courses that cover High School, Middle School, and Elementary School competitive debate and Model United Nations. Register before February 20th to receive a 20% discount on registration. Please review the attached flyer and use the following link to see additional information:


  • Fundamentals of Debate and Public Speaking

-       Grades 5-7

  • Model United Nations

-       Grades 5-8

  • Introduction to Middle School Debate

-       Grades 7-8

  • Advanced Middle School Debate

-       Grades 7-8

  • Public Forum Debate

-       High School students or experienced 8th graders

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate

-       High School students or experienced 8th graders

  • Policy Debate

-       High School Students

  • Advanced Research and Argumentation

-       Varsity debaters




Why VDA?

Our curriculum is developed by instructors who have coached high school and middle school teams to state and national championships and have taught at camps such as Harvard Institute and George Mason Debate Institute. VDA instructors have diverse debating and professional backgrounds, including state and national debate accolades and careers at elite consulting firms and government institutions. Our organization prides itself on its ability to deliver a quality education to every student that spends their time with us, and VDA offers tuition assistance to students with demonstrated need.


Please contact us at or our Camp Director Jonah Williams at if you have any questions. If you're interested in what others are saying about VDA, we invite you to read some testimonials from prior years:


Virginia Debate Academy was founded in 2015 and offers summer camps and various group/individual packages at affordable rates to help students succeed in competitive debate. VDA has worked with students and coaches from over fifty-five schools in the state of Virginia, including nationally ranked middle schools and high schools.

  • VDA faculty has coached over 300 students in Virginia, including building or supporting debate programs in northern Virginia. Some of our teachers have also taught at national debate camps such as the Harvard Institute.
  • VDA teachers attend or hold degrees from schools such as Duke University, University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary. Our instructors won regional, state, and national championships during their respective High School debate and coaching careers. VDA faculty members also bring private sector experience to the classroom.
  • VDA students have won Middle School National championships, High School State championships, Varsity WACFL Metro-Finals, and competed in elimination rounds at prestigious tournaments such as the NSDA and NCFL National championship tournaments, Pennsbury National Invitational, Harvard National Invitational, and more.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Virginia Debate Academy at or Jonah Williams at

Last update: 01/12/2020

Tom Shen,
Jan 11, 2020, 11:46 AM