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.

Summer Camp – 2024

Academy for Public Speaking Graduate & 2019 Torrey Pines HS Commencement Speaker

Camps meet Monday – Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at After School Learning Tree.

Public Speaking (3rd-6th) – June 10-14

Creative Communication (3rd-6th) – June 24-28

Debate (3rd-6th) – July 15-19

Teen Public Speaking – June 17-21 – SOLD OUT

Advance RegistrationSave $100! Register by June 23rd for only $399!

Register – Summer Camp

After School Learning Tree – Spring 2024

Dates – April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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Open to all 3rd-6th grade students.

Public Speaking (3rd-6th)

Day & Time – Wed. 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Location – After School Learning Tree 11525 Sorrento Valley Rd San Diego 92121

Advance Registration – Save $100! Register by April 1, 2024 for only $399!

Register – Classes at After School Learning Tree

Solana Beach – Spring 2024

Dates – March 19 – May 16 (Tues. & Thurs. classes) & March 6 – May 29 (Wed. class)

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

Open to all 3rd-6th grade students.

Solana Highlands – Tues. 2:50-3:50 p.m.

Solana Pacific – Wed. 2:05-3:05

Solana Ranch – Thurs. 3:05-4:05 p.m.

Click School Name to Register (or join the waitlist) with the Solana Beach District.

Del Mar School District – Spring 2024

The Academy for Public Speaking offers summer camp and after school enrichment for children in San Diego.Public Speaking – Open to 3rd-6th grade students in the Del Mar School District.

Dates – April 10 – May 15, 2024

Ocean Air – Wed. 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Pacific Sky – Wed. 12:40-1:40 p.m.

Last Chance Registration – March 13-17th through DMUSD. Available to district students who attend these schools only.

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.