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.

Saturday Summer Courses – Online

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

Confident, Effective Communication

Dates – June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14

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

Teen Debate 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Teen Public Speaking 12-1 p.m. PST – ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT!

Teen Public Speaking 1:30-2:30 p.m. PST – SOLD OUT

RegistrationSave $100! Register by June 18, 2021 for only $399!

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Summer Camps – Online

Camps meet M-F from 9:30-11:30 a.m. PST with a 15 min. break.

Each camp includes different lessons, speech projects, and debate topics since many students enjoy participating in multiple camps.

Academy for Public Speaking Graduate

Academy for Public Speaking Graduate & 2019 Torrey Pines High School Commencement Speaker – Chloe Stevenson

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – June 14-18 – SOLD OUT

Debate (3rd-6th) – June 21-25 – 2 SEATS LEFT!

Creative Communication (3rd-6th) – June 28 – July 2 – SOLD OUT

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – July 12-16 – SOLD OUT

Teen Debate – July 19-23 – ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT!

Advanced Public Speaking (3rd-6th) July 26-30

Teen Public Speaking  – Aug. 2-6  –SOLD OUT

New Session! Teen Public Speaking Aug. 9-13

RegistrationSave $100! Register by June 18, 2021 for only $399!

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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. 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.

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