Our Schools

We serve Los Angeles

LAMDL partners with over 30 schools in Los Angeles to grow debate, adding more every year. If you are a school interested in joining our network, please email our Program Director.

Students in urban public schools have little more than a fifty percent chance of graduating from high school. Urban debate keeps these students in school. It teaches them that, with effort, they can succeed, and it ignites their passion for learning. The results are dramatic. Urban debaters are 3.1 times more likely to graduate than non-debaters. Ninety-percent of urban debaters graduate on time, compared to only seventy-five percent of similar students who do not debate.

LAUSD is a significant partner with LAMDL. In addition to the logistical and organizational support that it provides, LAUSD also contributes to funds needed to run the debate league.

  • Bravo Medical Magnet High School

Gricel Diaz & Elvia Espinoza
  • CHAMPS Charter High School

Chris Ciampa
  • Compton Early College High School

Christopher Cantu & Frank Lozier
  • Crenshaw High School

Tadeo Huazo & Tracey Coleman
  • Downtown Magnets High School

Arielle DePaolo & Hong Chao
  • Elizabeth Learning Center

Dean Howell
  • Fremont High School

Heather Goehring
  • Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy

Joy Yoneda
  • Humanities & Arts Academy

Lauren Willard
  • Huntington Park High School

  • Lake Balboa College Preparatory

Justin Parco
  • Lincoln High School

Melissa Lizarraga & Earl McGillen
  • Maywood Academy High School

Crystal Rodriguez
  • New Designs Charter High School - University Park

Said Dibinga
  • Port of Los Angeles High School

Ellen Chase
  • PUC Cals Charter High School

Janis Flores & Alexander Stevens
  • Roybal Learning Center

Ethan Faulkner & Juan Liebana
  • STEAM Legacy High School

Thalia Catano & Moon Kim
  • Stern Math and Science School

Lynda DeAnda & Yvonne Gutierrez
  • South East High School

Melissa Steddom
  • South Gate High School

Laura Mikasa
  • University Prep Value School

Whitney Upshaw & Isabel Clay
  • Valor Academy High School

Kaitlin Curry & Ben Katcher
  • Washington Preparatory High School

Max Phillips
  • And more!

“Debate has increased the motivation and engagement of my most apathetic students; they love the competitive nature of debate and eagerly delve into texts that they otherwise typically avoid.”

Van Anh ToTeacher at Crenshaw High School