Public Speaking
Learning to debate and public speak reaps life long benefits. ​This course will give students the ability to be confident and comfortable when giving presentations, raising their hand in class, or even just casually conversating. Students will learn to know their audience, will study great speeches throughout history, and will learn to write speeches, manage anxieties, and deliver opinions and arguments in a calm and convincing way.

Learning to see both sides of an issue and being able to make an argument that convinces an undecided person of your opinion is one of the most valuable skills a student can have. The ability to write, research, and speak using evidence and sound logic will help students write papers, give presentations, and will be the foundational skill they will build on for years to come. There are 5 different classes for students at different levels:

  • Level 1: For students age 9-10 with no debate experience.
  • Level 2: For students age 9-10 who have completed at least one semester of Level 1 class.
  • Novice: For students who have completed at least 2 semesters of Level 2 class.
  • Junior Varsity: For students age 11-12 who have been in Novice for at least a year.
  • Varsity: Students age 13 and above

Mock Trial
Students will learn public speaking and debate skills in the context of a mock trial. Each student is taught how to evaluate an argument, draft an argument, and present that argument in an effective manner. Students will be given a fact pattern for a fabricated legal case. Each student will be given a team and a role on that team. Students will be taught to evaluate the evidence and decipher which evidence supports their team’s position. Students will also be instructed in legal advocacy such as questioning witnesses, lodging legal objections, and delivering opening/closing arguments.

Model United Nation                                                                                                                                                                          Students will learn public speaking skills, research skills, and diplomacy skills in a Model United Nations setting. Each student will be assigned a country for which they will act as a diplomatic representative. Students will re-enact the United Nations General Assembly and be taught how to evaluate world issues, analyze their country’s position on these issues, and strategize a solution. The addressed world issues range from free trade to world poverty and current events. Throughout this course, students will garner speaking skills and life knowledge such as global economics and the creation of global generational wealth.

Acting and Theater Writing

This class is for students who want to improve their speaking and acting skills to deliver stronger presentations, talks, speeches, interviews and auditions. Students will learn Scene Writing,  Monologue Writing. They will cast and practice their own scene.