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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 3rd-12th grade students on Saturdays in Del Mar during the fall, spring, and summer. We also offer public speaking and debate summer camps for students who will enter 3rd-7th grade in the fall and after school enrichment at the schools listed below.

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


These courses are open to all students in 3rd-12th from any district, home school, etc. and we are an approved vendor with Inspire Charter Schools.

Public Speaking – March 14, 21, 28, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

Debate – March 28, April 18, 25, May 2, 9

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

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Public Speaking (7th-12th) – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Public Speaking – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Teen Debate (7th-12th) – 1-2:30 p.m.

Advance Registration – Save $100! Register by Feb. 23, 2020 for only $399!

Saturday Class Registration – Click Here


Open to 3rd-6th grade students in this school district only.

Have Fun, Make Friends & Gain Confidence!

Dates March 23 – May 22, 2020

Ashley Falls – Mon. 2:35-3:35 p.m.

Carmel Del Mar – Tues. 2:35-3:35 p.m.

Sycamore Ridge & Ocean Air – Wed. 12:35-1:35 p.m.

Torrey Hills – Thurs. 2:35-3:35 p.m.

Sage Canyon – Fri. 2:35-3:35 p.m.

Spring Registration – Begins Sat., Feb. 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. Save $40! Register by Feb. 23, 2020 for only $259!

DMUSD Registration – Click Here


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

Gain Confidence & Happiness!

Open to 3rd-6th grade students. Classes run from April 15 – June 4, 2020.

Solana Pacific – Wed. 3-4 p.m.

Solana Ranch – Thurs. 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Registration – Registration begins March 1st. Register by March 15, 2020 for only $260!

Solana Beach Registration – Click Here


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

Confident, Effective Communication

Open to students in 3rd-8th grade at Phoenix Learning Center only.

This course will meet on Thursdays.

Dates: April 16, 23, 30, May 7

Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Advance Registration – Register by March 1, 2020 for only $149!

Register for this course at Phoenix Learning Center by clicking 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.

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