The Charlottesville Debate League currently offers 16 programs in middle and high schools around the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. To request a program at your school, please contact us.

Program structure

We provide 100% of the materials required for our programs, including the teachers! Normally, two members will be assigned to teach a program at each school each semester. More often than not, teachers remain at their respective schools for the whole academic year, if not their entire tenure in CDL. Teachers receive multiple training sessions each semester to ensure they are prepared to teach the subject effectively and provide quality, positive feedback. Teachers also receive a curriculum each week for use in the classroom - including presentations, practice activities, video examples, and mock debates.

In addition to our classroom and after-school programs, we also host two middle school tournaments each semester - providing our students the opportunity to put what they learned in the classroom to use debating real-world questions. Our high school students are offered opportunities to participate in tournaments not sponsored by CDL.


  • Burley Middle School

  • Charlottesville Catholic School

  • Charlottesville Community Charter School

  • Charlottesville Day School

  • CHEC Middle School

  • Covenant Lower School

  • Jack Jouett Middle School

  • Peabody School

  • Sutherland Middle School

  • Tandem Middle School

  • Village School

  • Waldorf School

  • Walker Middle School

High School Programs

  • Albemarle High School

  • Charlottesville High School

  • CHEC Upper School