Announcing our 2019 Summer Camps!

  • Middle School students entering 6th grade through 8th grade (Middle School CDSI)
  • High School students entering 9th grade through 12th grade (High School CDSI)

What: Chicago Debate Summer Institute

When: July 22nd – August 2nd, M-F 9 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Dunbar Career Academy, 3000 S. King Dr.


  • Fun, supportive environment with students from throughout Chicago area
  • Great staff drawn from the best teachers in Chicago, successful CPS alums, and instructors with national college coaching experience
  • Free lunch!
  • Free CTA passes for CPS students
  • Tuition free for free/reduced lunch eligible CPS students ($25 registration fee)
  • Lowest cost camp in the Midwest for all other students:
    CPS students who are not free/reduced lunch eligible – price TBD (plus $25 registration fee, limited scholarships available)
    Non-CPS students – price TBD (plus $25 registration fee) – no housing or overnight accommodations available


Details TBD – Registration will open in early April

For students who can only attend the first week of instruction, there will be a waitlist that will be kept until July. All two-week registered students will take priority until we reach our capacity and we highly recommend students attend all 10 days of instruction if they can. No students will be allowed to attend for just the second week of instruction – unfortunately, they would be too far behind to catch up.

If you have any questions, please email us at and we’ll be glad to help you!

Are you a CPS high school debater who wants a paid summer internship at a Chicago area political office, non-profit, or law firm?

Details TBD

Are you an experienced debate instructor who wants to teach at our camp?

Details TBD