ABOUT Potomac Debate Academy
At the core of competitive debate lies discourse and education. Through debate, students are encouraged to broaden their understanding of the world, including their comprehension of today's most prevalent issues. From discussions on electoral college to those on minimum wage, every student can learn something through debate. The activity empowers students to not only explore important controversies, but also to find their own voice through advocacy.
It comes as no surprise that research shows debate promotes critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, innovative thinking, and interpersonal communication. On average, debaters achieve higher GPAs, higher standardized test scores, better college admissions outcomes, among countless other advantages. Perhaps most importantly, debaters become more informed citizens, increasing civic engagement and leadership. Bottom line: debate transforms lives.
Potomac Debate Academy is a competitive travel debate team for students in grades 4-12. Students compete in regional and national debate events. Our Academy is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) and National Circuit (US HS). All students, including elementary school students, on our team have the opportunity to compete approximately once a month. We require students to compete in 2 competitions a year to remain an eligible member of the team. High school students have the opportunity to compete multiple times a month. We tend to do very well at every competition we go to, usually taking home multiple team and individual awards across all levels, e.g. Novice, JV, and Varsity. During the past season, alone, we did not leave a single competition without taking home top awards, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, and UPenn University invitationals, as well as qualifying Nationals students who will compete at the 2020 Club Internationals in New Jersey, 2020 Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, and 2020 NSDA Nationals Championships in New Mexico.
At Potomac Debate Academy, we believe every students has a unique voice and the potential to become an effective communicator.
Potomac Debate Academy opened in 2014 with the mission of helping students find their voice through debate and public speaking. Since then, it the program has grown immensely and now has hundreds of students debating at the most prestigious competitions around the country.