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We believe the art of speech and debate is an essential tool that can be used for a lifetime!

Our variety of classes focus on learning exemplary communication skills, superior memory skills, and improved language skills that will significantly help students become independent thinkers, strong speakers and confident leaders.
  • EDUCATION FOR LIFE

    As parents, we not only want to give our children the world, but also the necessary tools to navigate through it. Cogito Debate was started by a group of optimistic parents for this very reason. Our founders wanted to create a speech and debate program that would teach children the 3 C’s of Education; communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

  • SPEECH VS. DEBATE

    Speech is an oral presentation given by one or more individuals that is evaluated and judged against a similar presentation. Debate requires an individual or team to convince its audience that their arguments prove or disprove an issue and to examine the credibility/validity of both their own and their opponent's argumentation.

  • SKILLED COACHING STAFF

    Through our rigorous curriculum, our skilled coaching staff work with students to help improve their communication skills, engage them in critical thinking, encourage them to consider different perspectives, and enable students to confidently express themselves.

  • IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY

    It’s never too early to begin preparing for college. Our classes offer training in argumentation and presentation, develop critical listening skills, and encourage mature judgment – skills that lay the foundation for educational success.

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What's Happening at Cogito

Girl Scouts Isabela Guitierez & Suhani Pawar Win Speaking Awards

Cogito Debate hosted the first annual Empowering Girl’s Voices Debate Tournament for Girl Scouts!

Learn more about the Cogito Empowering Girl’s Voices Tournament!

Cogito Debaters Find Success at Spring Intramural Tournament

According to top debater Alisha Zhao, an unexpected benefit of debate is it helps her deal with stress.  

Learn more about the Cogito Spring Intramural Tournament!

Cogito Junior Speakers Camp 2018

Summer 2018 is here and our Junior Speakers Summer Camp will keep your students engaged during their break. Classes are designed to help youth find their voices!

Learn more about Cogito's Summer Junior Speakers Camp!

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Speaking of Current Events Series 1

For younger students, we offer our Speaking of Current Events class. The curriculum for this class is intended to expose younger students to understanding current events, and speaking about them effectively. Over the course of the class, students will cover four to six current events, including...
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Cogito Debate Can Help …

Improve students' communication skills

According to Pew Research Center study, communication skills are more important than any other academically related skills. We help students improve critically important speaking and listening stills.

Engage students in critical thinking

Critical thinking enables students to exhibit focused and thoughtful judgment about their own beliefs and thoughts. It helps them determine the action to be taken in response to their own observations, experiences, arguments and expressions.

Encourage students to consider different perspectives

The fact is, students who learn to truly see things through another’s perspective can learn constructive responses to contentious issues. At the very least, they may be more careful in what they say or do in difficult situations to avoid escalating negative issues.

Enable students to confidently express themselves

Students who consistently work on their communication skills are better able to confidently express themselves and their ideas.

Connect students intellectually

Debate gives students the opportunity to bond with students across the academic spectrum.

Prepare students for educational success

Studies have shown that students active in speech and debate exhibit higher SAT and ACT scores. In addition, universities look favorably on students with extracurricular debate experience.

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Our Name Says It All

“Cogito ergo sum.” I think, therefore I am.

 

Help your child reach their full potential.

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