Highlander High is proud to join Rhode Island Urban Debate League in the 2018-2019 school year. Through debate, students will harness their potential and develop powerful skills for college and today's economy.

Perhaps the most important skill debaters learn is the ability to think rigorously and critically.

Many studies show marked improvement in a wide variety of academic skills as a result of participation in competitive debate. Debate students excel in written and oral communication, and greatly improve their reading comprehension.

Debate requires students to engage serious subject matter in a mature and professional environment. Debate students show more maturity in the face of adversity and tend to develop stronger relationships with peers and mentors than the average student.