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Academy for Public Speaking

Academy for Public Speaking Grad

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

Class size is limited to 15 students to ensure students receive an exceptional level of individualized attention and instruction as well as ample opportunities to practice and develop their communication and leadership skills.

Tuition is $499. Registration is available on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, please contact the Academy for Public Speaking.


These classes are only open to 3rd-6th students in the Del Mar Union School District. Registration is only available through the school district. DMUSD registration link.

Classes consist of 12 sessions and meet from 2:35-3:35 p.m. except on Wednesdays. The spring session will begin on February 26th and end on June 4th.

Confident, Effective Communication

Monday – Ashley Falls

Tuesday – Del Mar Heights, Ocean Air, Del Mar Hills

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

Thursday – Torrey Hills

Friday – Sage Canyon

Advance RegistrationSave $100! Register now for only $399!

DMUSD Registration – Click Here


Dates – March 17, 24, 31, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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

Hanrui Zhang Won a $2,500 Scholarship!

Level One Courses

9:45-10:45 a.m. (3rd-6th)

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (7th-12th)

Advanced Course – New Lessons & Projects!

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Advance RegistrationSave $100! Register by February 28, 2018 for only $399!

Saturday Class 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 spring session will begin on April 17 & end on June 7.

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

Gain Confidence & Communication Skills!


Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Solana Pacific

Wednesdays – 3-4 p.m.

Solana Ranch

Thursdays – 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Advance Registration Save $200! Register for only $299!

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 fee 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.


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