Our Program

Think. Communicate. Engage.

Debate's Impact

Successful urban debate leagues make a dramatic impact on student achievement and life outcomes.

A growing body of research by academic researchers substantiates the remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2012 Annual Dinner for the NAUDL: “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity…To be very clear, the experience of competing on an urban debate team boosts your college readiness and your chance to succeed in life.”

Our Schools

Tulsa Public Schools - High

  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Daniel Webster High School
  • East Central High School
  • McLain High School
  • Memorial High School
  • Thomas Edison Preparatory High School
  • Will Rogers High School

Tulsa Public Schools - Middle

  • Carver Middle School
  • Daniel Webster Middle School
  • Monroe Demonstration Academy
  • Thomas Edison Preparatory Middle School
  • Thoreau Demonstration Academy
  • Will Rogers Middle School

Tulsa Public Schools - Elementary

  • Anderson Elementary
  • Burroughs Elementary
  • Cooper Elementary
  • Dolores Huerta Elementary
  • Grissom Elementary
  • Hamilton Elementary
  • Kendall-Whittier Elementary
  • Kerr Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • Mayo Demonstration Elementary
  • McClure Elementary
  • Mitchell Elementary
  • Owen Elementary
  • Tulsa Virtual Academy Elementary
  • Unity Learning Academy
  • Walt Disney Elementary
  • Wayman Tisdale Elementary
  • Zarrow InternationalElementary

Union Public Schools

  • Union High School
  • Union Middle Schools (6th, 7th, and 8th grade centers)
  • Boevers Elementary
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary
  • Christa McAuliffe Elementary
  • Ellen Ochoa Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary

Other districts and partners

  • Charles Page High School (Sand Springs)
  • Dove Science Academy High School
  • KIPP High School
  • KIPP Middle School
  • Jenks East Elementary School

Check out a Map of our Schools!


Our Program

The Tulsa Debate League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Sand Springs Public Schools and several Tulsa area charter schools. Modeled after the most effective urban debate leagues in the country, we organize competitions, fund programs and summer camps, and provide professional development to teachers and coaches.

How we help schools:

  • Provide professional development to coaches, including hosting coaches workshops and mentoring coaches
  • Organize tournaments (see schedule)
  • Fund travel and tournament costs
  • Support summer camp opportunities for students
  • Partner with universities to offer college access resources

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