Schedule & Registration

Academy for Public Speaking

Academy for Public Speaking courses and camps provide a fun, interactive environment where students gain confidence and leadership experience as they improve their public speaking and debate skills.

We offer public speaking & debate courses for 3rd-12th grade students on Saturdays during the fall, spring, and summer. We also offer public speaking and debate camps and after school enrichment classes. Tuition is $499.

Private courses are available for groups of 4 or more students. To schedule a private course, please contact the Academy for Public Speaking.

Wednesday Course – Winter 2023

The Academy for Public Speaking offers summer camp and after school enrichment for children in San Diego.

Open to all 3rd-6th grade students in San Diego from any district, home school, etc.

Dates: Jan. 11 – March 8, 2023 (No class 2/22.)

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – 4- 5 p.m.

Location – After School Learning Tree       11525 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego 92121

RegistrationSave $100! Register by Jan. 10th for only $399!

Register – Wednesday Course

Del Mar Union School District – Winter 2023

Academy for Public Speaking Graduates Gain ConfidenceOpen to 3rd-6th grade students who attend DMUSD Schools.

Dates – Jan. 10 – Feb. 16, 2023

Ocean Air – Tues. 2:35-3:35 p.m. – ONLY 3 SEATS LEFT!

Sycamore Ridge – Wed. 12:35-1:35

Torrey Hills – Thurs. 2:35-3:35 p.m.

Register – DMUSD Enrichment

Solana Beach – Winter 2022-23

Public Speaking – Open to 3rd-6th grade with priority given to district students.

Dates – Nov. 30 & Dec. 5 – Feb. 27

The Academy for Public Speaking empowers students to become confident, effective communicators.Skyline – Mon. 3:05-4:05 p.m.

Solana Highlands – Tues. 2:50-3:50 p.m.

Solana Pacific – Wed. 2:05-3:05 p.m.

Solana Ranch – Thurs. 3:05-4:05 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Registration – Click on school name to register or join the waitlist.

Private Courses

The Academy for Public Speaking empowers children in San Diego to become confident, effective public speakers.

Academy for Public Speaking Graduate Neil

If our class schedule is not compatible with your child’s schedule, forming a private class is another option.

Private courses are available for groups of 4 or more students, and the schedule is customized based on the needs of your group. Tuition is $499 per student.

For more information or to schedule a private course, use the link to contact the Academy for Public Speaking.

Private Sessions

Academy for Public Speaking President and Founder Kathleen Petrone, Distinguished Toastmaster

Kathleen Petrone, Distinguished Toastmaster

Private sessions are an excellent way for children and adults to increase their confidence and prepare for contests, interviews, pageants, and presentations, including the proper use of Power Point and KeyNote.

We help clients successfully interview for private schools, internships, college, medical school, and employment opportunities. We also assist clients with pronunciation and accent reduction.

Additional areas of focus include social development such as making friends and improving conversation skills.

Private sessions are available for children and adults and are typically held in the client’s residence. However, alternative locations, such as meeting at a public library, can be arranged if preferred.

“Personal coaching sessions have helped our son with all aspects of speaking – vocal variety, enunciation, emotion, facial expressions, hand gestures, body language, staging, and much more! In the end, Kathleen Petrone produced a competitive winning speaker. Our son won a $4,500 scholarship in the 2014 Lions Club Student Speakers Contest!” Maria & Matt Danilowicz

The fee for a private session is $200 per hour. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions in advance. To book private sessions, please use this link to submit your payment on the Registration page. For questions and scheduling, please use this link to contact the Academy for Public Speaking.