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 3rd-12th grade students 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 and public speaking and debate summer camps for students who will enter 3rd-7th grade in the fall. 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.


Public Speaking – June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10

Debate – July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3

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) – 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

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

Teen Debate (7th-12th) – 12-1:30 p.m.

Advanced Public Speaking (7th-12th) – 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Fall Schedule – Coming Soon!

Saturday Class Registration – Click Here


Have Fun, Make Friends & Gain Confidence!

Open to students in 3rd-7th in the fall. Camps will meet M-F 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Public Speaking – July 8-12 – SOLD OUT!

Public Speaking – July 15-19 – SOLD OUT!

Debate Camp – July 22-26

Creative Communication Strategies – July 22-26

Early RegistrationSave $100! Register by July 21st for only $399.

Summer Camp 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.


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

Sage Canyon School – 5290 Harvest Run Dr, San Diego 92130

Del Mar School District – After School Enrichment & Summer Camp

Solana Beach School District – After School Enrichment

Private Residences – Private Courses, Coaching Sessions, Debate Clubs

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