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 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 summer camps and after school enrichment classes.

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

Summer Camps – Online

Are online courses effective? Read reviews to see parent & student perspectives.

Academy for Public Speaking Graduates Gain Confidence

Academy Graduates Have Fun Gaining Confidence!

Open to students who will enter 3rd-6th grade in the fall. Camps meet M-F from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with a 15 minute break. (Pacific Standard Time)

Public Speaking – July 20-24

Debate – July 27-31

Registration Deadline –  Register by July 26, 2020.

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Saturday Fall Courses – Online

For fall registration, please use your child’s grade level for fall. Please note times are in Pacific Standard Time. Read online course reviews.

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

Confident, Effective Communication

Dates – Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, Dec. 5, 12

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – 9:30-10:30 a.m. (PST)

Teen Public Speaking (7th-12th) – 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Advanced Public Speaking (7th-12th) – 12-1 p.m.

Early Bird RegistrationSave $100! Register by Aug. 10, 2020 for only $399!

Fall Registration – Click Here

Saturday Summer Courses – Online

For summer registration, please use your child’s grade level for fall 2020. Please note times are in Pacific Standard Time. Read online course reviews.

Dates – June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15

Public Speaking (7th-12th) – 10:45-11:45 a.m. (PST) – SOLD OUT! 

Advanced Course (4th-8th) – 12-1 p.m. – SOLD OUT!

Debate (7th-12th) – 1:30-2:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT!

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Private Courses

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

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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. The tuition is $499 per student.

For more information or to schedule a private course, use the 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. 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.

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