Young Genius
Bay Area

Speech and Debate Academy

 Young Genius Middle School Debate Academy is now the #1 Nationally Ranked Middle School Speech and Debate Program according the National Forensic League.



2014 Public Forum State and 2015 SCU 2 Champions with their Three Diamond Award Coach,
Don Heinsohn

      Contact us to join our 2014-2015 speech and debate courses and  compete on Young Genius team
HS students can earn valuable NFL points assisting coaches at Young Genius,
apply now   


Full Class Schedule for 2014-15 School Year         Registration for ES Summer Camp 2015 

Register for HSPT/ISEE Summer 2015 camp 


MS/HS Speech and Debate Class Schedule     Speech and Debate 2015 Summer Camps Schedule 

Speech and Congressional Debate, 4-5 grade
  Don Callejon MS 5-7 Grade Speech and Debate



About Us  

Bay Area Speech and Debate Academy conducts one of the most renowned Speech and Debate programs in the Bay Area. Our classes prepare students to compete in Middle and High School tournaments held around the Bay Area and nation. We teach all speech and debate formats used in local and national competitions. Although we encourage our students to participate in tournaments, it is not necessary.

Also Young Genius is a chapter of a non profit organization, National Junior Forensics League (NJFL). The NJFL allows students to accumulate valuable points for their high school and college applications.

Bay Area Speech and Debate Academy in affiliation with Young Genius Educational Center is offering classes for K-12 students at our centers and is providing outsource coaching at local schools.
Our Speech and Debate Program is designed for individuals of all levels and experiences. We offer classes in a variety of speech/debate formats like Public Forum, Lincoln/Douglas, Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speech, Parliamentary debate, Impromptu speech, Original Oratory speech and Interpretation speeches.
Students with experience in MUN, LCM or MSPDP can be place in our more advanced classes as Lincoln Douglas Debate or Public Forum. 

Our teachers are well known and highly respected individuals within their fields.

We are not a corporation or a franchise.  We are a family run business and we offer the highest quality instruction with personalization and accessibility.  We genuinely love what we do and we believe it shows.

The “Common Core” is replacing STAR  test in 2014!

Beginning in 2014-15 students in California will no longer be taking the STAR tests.  They will be measured by assessments using the Common Core Standards.  What does this mean?  No more bubble in tests of only knowledge, but tests that measure critical thinking, advocacy writing, research skills, questioning of assumptions and even public speaking.

There is only one activity your student can participate in which provides instruction in every single Common Core standard.  That activity is Debate.

 While we believe debate to be the most single valuable skill students can acquire in school, now the entire educational establishment has come to see things our way. Minh Luong, an Associate Director at Yale University and others, say that debate is the most significant extracurricular activity on college applications, and now debate has become the single activity which can prepare your student for the latest educational reform.

And unlike schools all over the country struggling to rewrite curriculum and change their instructional methodology to deal with the Common Core, we have been doing it for decades.  Debate is an off the shelf turnkey application for Common Core mastery.


                        Schedule of Elementary Program Classes

                    Schedule of Middle School Program Classes

                             Schedule of High School Program Classes





Bay Area Debate Academy in Media and Publications

Young Genius Speech and Debate Team is renowned around the SF Bay Area. The team and its members have been featured in online and local (featured in M Magazine) publications and even TV programs.

Young Genius has built an exceptional team that brings in more wins then its older High School opponents. Click Here to read more about our accomplishments in the Los Gatos Patch article.

Young Genius Debate Team
was featured on 7 Live, ABC Studios.


Currently Young Genius runs a TV show on KSAR-15 every Thursday from 5 to 6pm, where our staff and educational program coordinators share additional information and reveal insights about our programs.
If you missed the show you can watch an excerpt below: