IOK is pleased to announce that all middle school students, whether attending full-time school at IOK or not, are welcomed and encouraged to join the IOK Debate Club this season.

We are proud to announce that our Debate Club has won 3rd place in overall wins at the OCDL North February 2015 Tournament. IOK debaters have also won numerous team and speaker awards over the past two academic years.

Parent/Student Orientation
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Debate Club at IOK focuses on developing advanced speaking skills and high level thinking. Building on the skill sets students are taught in English classes, debaters learn how to formulate nuanced arguments, research effectively, and work as a team to create winning proposition and opposition arguments. As part of the Orange County Debate League (OCDL), students have the opportunity to debate in different local tournaments.

The instruction will help develop the following skills:

  • Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing
  • Debate format (including AREI guidelines)
  • Analysis (oral and written)
  • Public speaking & debating

IOK Debate Club fosters confidence in public speaking through research and analysis, and teaches tolerance of differing opinions and viewpoints. The curriculum has been designed to sharpen reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Debate Club is offered for IOK and Non-IOK students.

  • We will officially begin the debate season with a parent-student orientation on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
  • Regular practice sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting from Thursday, September 14, 2017.
  • Tuition for non-IOK students will be $150/student per month from Sept. 2017-June 2018
  • The debate season will officially end in June 2018.