Summer 2016 Dates: July 10-24, 2016

Applications Now Open!



The National Debate Forum (NDF) is the premier institute for Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate. Founded in 1995, we have over a decade and a half of experience in providing quality instruction to students motivated to excel in debate competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. NDF has a diverse staff to assist students of all backgrounds to be competitively successful, regardless of the region a debater is from, or the style of debate they employ. What’s more, the staff is balanced with recent graduates who were nationally successful and seasoned coaches who have a proven track record of competitive and educational excellence. Central to the NDF experience is individualized instruction, which is possible because of limited enrollment and a low faculty-to-student ratio.


NDF is proud of our track record of success. Alumni of NDF have gone on to win major national invitationals as well as state and district championships. Additionally, NDF alumni have won the Tournament of Champions, National Forensic League Nationals, and the Grand National Catholic Forensic League Championship. Every year we have students in late elimination rounds and/or finals at tournaments such as Yale, Bronx, Valley, Glenbrooks, Emory, Harvard and more!

This year NDF alumni have been the finalists/champions at Greenhill Round Robin, Greenhill Fall Classic, Bronx Round Robin, Bronx NYC Tournament, Yale, and Valley Mid-America Cup! We look forward to continued champions from NDF throughout the year.


The NDF experience and the PF curriculum is coordinated by and overseen by Steven Schappaugh, Director of Programs and Education at the National Speech and Debate Association. The Lincoln Douglas Debate curriculum is coordinated by Aracelis Biel (Director of Debate at Collegiate, NY). These individuals have more than 25 years of combined summer debate institute experience.


At NDF students will be exposed to a meticulously crafted and dynamic curriculum that meets the needs of students at all skill levels.  Students will be taught by dedicated educators and former competitors to ensure attendees maximize learning opportunities.  The curriculum, schedule, staff, and plans for maximizing the most out of each student is reevaluated each year, taking into account coach, faculty, and student feedback, and tweaked to guarantee that we provide the best experience possible.  Through a commitment to individualized student attention and differentiated instruction, NDF has delivered on its promise since 1995. Make your summer an NDF summer!