Locations, Schedule & Registration

Academy for Public Speaking

Academy for Public Speaking Grad

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

We offer public speaking & debate courses for students in 3rd-12th grade on Saturdays at the Hampton Inn Del Mar in the fall, spring, and summer. We also offer after school enrichment through the Del Mar & Solana Beach School Districts. Tuition is $499.

Private courses may be scheduled for groups of 4 or more students. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy for Public Speaking.


Academy for Public Speaking graduate Hanrui Zhang won 1st Place & a $2,500 Scholarship in the 2014 Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Hanrui Won a $2,500 Scholarship!

Public Speaking – Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, Dec. 1, 8, 15

Pre-Teen (3rd-6th) – 9 – 10 a.m. – 1 SEAT LEFT!

Teen (7th-12th) – 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Advanced – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Late Registration – Available until Oct. 26, 2018 for $499. (Includes one make up session.)

Saturday Class Registration – Click Here


These 12 session courses are open to 3rd-6th grade students in the district. Classes meet from 2:30-3:35 p.m. except on Wed. when classes meet from 12:30-1:35 p.m. The fall session will begin on Oct. 8 and end on Jan. 28.

Registration is only available through the school district. DMUSD registration link.

Confident, Effective Communication

Monday – Ashley Falls, Del Mar Heights

Tuesday – Carmel Del Mar

Wednesday – Sycamore Ridge (12:30-1:35 p.m.)

Thursday – Torrey Hills

Friday – Sage Canyon

Late Registration – Registration available through the school district until Oct. 19, 2018 for $419.

DMUSD Registration – Click Here


These classes are only open to 3rd-6th grade students in the Solana Beach School District. Registration is only available through the school district.

Courses consist of 8 classes. The fall session will begin on Oct. 1 & end on Dec. 7.

The Academy for Public Speaking empowers students to become confident, effective communicators.

Gain Confidence & Communication Skills!

Solana Pacific

Wednesdays – 3-4 p.m.

Solana Ranch

Thursdays – 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Advance Registration Save $200! Register for only $299! Deadline to register online Sept. 27.

Solana Beach Registration – Click Here

Private Courses

Austin Won 1st Place & a $2,500 Scholarship in the 2015 Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Austin Zhang Won a $2,500 Scholarship in the 2015 San Diego Optimist Club Oratorical Contest!

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 they are conveniently held in the residence of one of the students.

The schedule for private courses is customized based on the needs of your group. The tuition depends on the location and begins at $499 per student.

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

Personal Coaching Sessions

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

Kathleen Petrone, Distinguished Toastmaster

Personal coaching 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. To schedule a private session, please contact the Academy for Public Speaking.


Del Mar School District – After School Enrichment & Summer Camp

Hampton Inn Del Mar – 11920 El Camino Real, San Diego 92130

Solana Beach School District – After School Enrichment

Private Residences – Private Courses, Coaching Sessions, Debate Clubs

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