LCM Field Study, School Exchange @ Cien Fuegos, Cuba 2015

High School:  Year-round program

Welcome to the League of Creative Minds, Academy of Debate & Diplomacy.  The League high school year-round program is meant for our students entering the 9th to 12th grade.  The League high school program draws students at the top of their class who are passionate about learning, and hold a genuine interest in intellectual dialogue amongst like-minded peers.  The delicate crafting of each high school delegation class creates a dynamic classroom environment with a group of students who strive to act as social catalysts of change and innovation.  International issues on the agenda include topics in economics, politics, health, science, technology, peacekeeping, security and conflict resolution.  Although our entering high school League delegates are are not expected to be experts in the field of foreign policy, they should exemplify a burning curiosity to learn about the world of foreign affairs and debate.  Interested applicants should request an application by sending an email to:

First Year LCM Application Requirements

  • Completed application.  The application will include your:
  1. Personal Information
  2. Essay questions
  3. Application fee/deposit
  • Observation/tryout session.  This portion of the application includes coming into our classroom for an academic and social interview. 

Observation (tryout) dates for the upcoming 2023-24 League year:

  • Julie will send you a private link when you request an application that will link you to the August and September 2023 observation dates.

An observation session will generally last for two hours.  Delegates who are unable to attend an observation session on any of the dates noted above, should contact the League to inquire if other arrangements are possible. If you have any other questions regarding fall tryouts  or admissions in general, please send an email to

High School:  Year-round shadow dates.

Interested delegates for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year may shadow on specific dates throughout the academic school year.  All student shadow appointments require a completed shadow application in order to attend a League class.  Applicants may request a shadow application by emailing  Shadows are not allowed during any of the League summer course sessions held at Stanford University.

High School:  Summer Camp 2023

Enrollment in a week-long summer course is highly beneficial for a potential year-round League applicant. The summer course allows a potential applicant to experience the classroom dynamics, and meet the League staff and teachers before committing to the year-round program.  The materials covered in the summer course, begin at an advanced academic level, and are not covered again in the year-round program. The summer course therefore acts as a solid foundational base of knowledge for new delegates to integrate seamlessly into the League year-round program.  

We follow a rolling admissions procedure, meaning we have no official deadline and will review, and admit applicants as applications are received.  Therefore, it is advantageous to have a completed year-long application on file before attending a summer course.