San Jose Session

Two Week Program

June 28 - July 12, 2019
Santa Clara University

Residential - $2,900
Commuter - $1,600


Events Offered at the San Jose Session

Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate
Extemporaneous Speaking, Interpretation (DUO, DI, HI, POI, Thematic, Declamation, OPP), Oratory, Informative/Expository, Original Advocacy

Our Education Model


Although San Jose is a new session for Summit Debate in 2019, our model has been tried and tested for 24 years.  The San Jose session will follow the same schedule as the Boston sessions have in the past.  Our Curriculum Directors have more than 100 years combined experience inside and outside of the classroom coaching debate and leading summer workshops.


Jeffrey Miller
Director | Public Forum


Steve Clemmons
Director | Parliamentary


Lauren Burdt
Director | Lincoln Douglas 


Joele Denis
Director | Interp


Meredith Deaton
Director | Extemp


Bob Ickes
Director | Oratory

Our Campus


Summit Debate gets access to the best facilities that Santa Clara University has to offer! To accommodate our low student to staff ratio, we have a number of classrooms to compliment our larger lecture spaces. Students will walk to buildings that are close to the Residence Hall and some may have classes and event labs that will meet in smaller classroom and meeting spaces in the Residence Hall.

All lab groups are placed with two or three instructors at a ratio of 6:1.   The lecture series are broken into smaller cohorts to maximize learning potential.  Lectures will never have more than 55 students at a time.


Students reside in one of the Swig Residence Hall at Santa Clara University. Santa Clara University provides students with a linen package, which includes a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, towel, washcloth, and blanket. There is a linen exchange that occurs mid-camp where students can get fresh linens. There are  security entrances to the dorm, with Santa Clara University security patrolling at all times with assistance from Santa Clara University summer conference staff. Summit Debate provides its own residential life staff dedicated to the supervision and health and wellness of students. Summit Debate provides additional residential life supervision in the evening.  


Students who are residents will be provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the Santa Clara University Dining Hall. The dining facility is sensitive to common dietary needs. During every meal there will be vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Additionally, students with less common dietary restrictions can specify their needs, which will be communicated with the cooking staff. Commuter students are responsible for their own meals, but may purchase them at the same dining facility residents eat. There are local eateries within one block of campus that students may checkout to visit.