Austin Rhetoric Club is a Christian family speech and debate club, parent-sponsored and student-run. ARC is affiliated with NCFCA, a homeschool speech and debate organization. Our goal and vision is to have the students learn how to communicate from a Biblical worldview in an articulate, winsome manner that glorifies God. It is our intention to provide homeschool families with learning experiences that the entire family can enjoy together.
We concentrate on preparing our 12-18 year-old students. Children under 12 years old can also compete in junior speech events. Parents learn alongside their children, critique speeches and debates, judge, teach, and offer encouragement. When the club sponsors tournaments, conferences, or workshops, parents also volunteer with tasks pertaining to these events.
Club meetings are on Fridays from 3:45 to approximately 8:30 pm. We start with speech, followed by dinner, and conclude with debate. Dinner is approximately 5:45 to 6:30 pm.