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Debate

Learning to speak with confidence and clarity lies at the heart of the Stoneleigh-Burnham experience and is the mark of a Stoneleigh-Burnham girl. From our world-class Debate & Public Speaking Society to our weekly Housemeetings to our student government organization and our 10th grade rhetoric course, our students have unlimited opportunities to explore their opinions, develop their arguments, engage their voices, and practice self-advocacy.

The Upper School curriculum intentionally stresses presentation and public speaking skills, and every course from Design & Color to Global Technology offers numerous opportunities for girls to become comfortable presenting complex information in front of an audience. In 10th grade, all students are required to take our Rhetoric course, taught by Dr. Paul Bassett.

For those who wish to go further with their skills, our Debate & Public Speaking Society is open to any girl interested and competes throughout New England as part of DANEIS (Debate Association of New England Independent Schools). Sixteen (and counting) Stoneleigh-Burnham students have ranked as World Competitors in Debate & Public Speaking. We also offer a summer overnight debate camp, A Voice of Her Own.