Young Genius
Bay Area

Speech and Debate Academy
14375 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

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


  Young Genius Bay Area Debate Academy provides outsource consulting service for middle and high schools who would like to have their speech and debate clubs. All Young Genius classes and camps are under supervision of Three Diamond Award Coach,                                                                                              

                                                Don Heinsohn  

   Contact us to join Young Genius speech and debate team or start your school team. 
HS students can earn valuable NFL points assisting coaches at Young Genius,
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See Young Genius team featured on TV.


Summer 2015 MS and HS Speech & Debate Camp Registration

Summer 2015 Elementary School Speech & Debate Camps Registration


2015-2016 Middle School Speech and Debate Class Schedule    

2015-2016 Elementary School Speech and Debate Class Schedule

2015-2016 High School Speech and Debate Class Schedule



About Us  

Bay Area Speech and Debate Academy conducts one of the most renowned Speech and Debate programs in the Bay Area and the country . Our classes prepare students to compete in Middle and High School tournaments held around the Bay Area and nation. We teach all HS 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 and speech and debate consultant at local middle and high 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.

 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.
Aspects usually students gain from participating in speech and debate:

1. overcome speaking anxieties which according to Glenn Croston Ph.D. “…is so great that we fear it more than death.”
2. increase their public communication skills. Examples of famous public speakers who participated in speech and debate at their schools and colleges: Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, and Richard Nixon.
3. develop research skills;
4. advance critical thinking and reasoning skills;
5. develop great organizational skills;
6. become more open to both sides of an issue, a great quality for any professional to have;
7. become familiar with current societal issues;
8. learn how to work on a team;
9. receive valuable training for college and future careers;
10. receive a great addition for college and career resumes;
11. to be open to different opinions;
12. accept criticism;
13. learn how to lose gracefully;
14. and know that appearance is very important and learn how to dress and look professionally



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, Saratoga, Mountain View Patches article.

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


Young Genius ran a TV show on KSAR-1 where our staff and educational program coordinators shared additional information and revealed insights about our programs.
If you missed the show you can watch an excerpt below:

  Young Genius Speech and Debate Team chosen due to their great achievements to be an TV all over the country.