Young Genius
Bay Area

Speech and Debate Academy
Saratoga - Fremont-Montara (Half Moon Bay-Pasifica) 

Congratulations to all our students, parents and staff! Young Genius Speech and Debate Program is announced by National Forensics League as the school with largest number of new degrees in the country!

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.
Our teachers are well known and highly respected individuals within their fields.
A Harvard professional designs and teaches our writing programs.

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.

We start new classes only for groups with a minimum of 4 students, at a time and location that is convenient for the students. Please contact us for more information on new class formation.


Weekend Classes 

         Times             Location                 Class                         Teacher        Enrollment 

Saturdays  9:00 - 11:00am   
Saratoga Office    Lincoln-Douglas Debate           
Mark Woodhead    Waiting List

Saturdays  11:00 - 1:00pm    Saratoga Office    Lincoln-Douglas Debate           Mark Woodhead      Waiting List 

Saturdays  10:00-11:30pm   Saratoga Office   Beginner Congressional Debate      Joan Chang              Waiting List

Saturdays  11:30 - 1:00pm   Saratoga Office   Elementary Speech & Writing      Joan Chang              Waiting List

Saturdays  1:30 - 3:00pm     Saratoga Office     Beginner Congressional Debate    Joan Chang              Waiting List 

Saturdays  2:00 - 4:00pm     Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate              Stacy Dawson        Waiting List

Saturdays   2:00 - 4:00pm      Saratoga Office        Lincoln-Douglas Debate         Mark Woodhead      Limited space 

Saturday   3:30 - 5:00pm      Saratoga Office     Congressional Debate                  Joan Chang              Waiting List

Saturdays 4:00 - 6:00pm      Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate               Stacy Dawson         Waiting List

Saturdays 4:00 - 6:00pm      Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate              Mark Woodhead      Waiting List

Saturdays  5:00 - 7:00pm    Saratoga Office    Competitive Speech (5-7th grade)  Joan Chang              Waiting List

Saturdays  6:00 - 8:00pm    Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate               Stacy Dawson       Limited space 

Sundays     1:00 - 3:00pm   Fremont Office   Lincoln Douglas debate (5-7grade)  Brett Banducci    Open for Enrollment
Sundays     3:30-5:30pm   Fremont Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate                      Brett Banducci             Waiting List

Sundays     3:30-5:30pm   Fremont Office Office     S/HS Lincoln-Douglas Debate   Brett Banducci       Waiting List



Weekday Classes

Days         Times           Location                 Class             Teacher        Enrollment

Mondays           6:00 -8:00pm          Saratoga Office                           TBD                          Stacy Dawson                  Open
Wednesdays   1:30-3:30pm   for Redwood MS students     Extemp Speech/Parli         Mark Woodhead          Waiting list
Wednesdays   1:30-3:30pm            Saratoga Office              Extemp Speech/Parli             Stacy Dawson                 Open
Wednesdays   4:00 -6:00pm            Saratoga Office        Debate class for MS students    Mark Woodhead         Waiting list
Wednesdays   4:00 -6:00pm            Saratoga Office        Debate class for MS students        Stacy Dawson              Open
Wednesdays   6:00 -8:00pm            Saratoga Office             Lincoln/Douglas Debate          Stacy Dawson         Waiting list
Wednesdays    3:30 -6:30pm            Miller MS                              Public Forum                     Don Heinsohn              Full   
Thursdays       6:00 -8:00pm          Saratoga Office
              Lincoln/Douglas Debate            Stacy Dawson        Waiting list


Thursday 6:00 -8:00pm          Montara Office          Extemp/Parly                Don Heinsohn

All of the classes listed are group class (no more than 8 students in any one class). Our philosophy is that students are able to learn speech/debate better in an environment where they are able to exchange ideas with their peers but still be able to receive individual attention from their coach. Thus, the price is $30 per hour. Our classes are 1 and 1/2 or 2 hours. To register for class click here
We offer One-on-One coaching with any instructor of your choosing in various debate, speech and writing formats for both middle school and high school students (click here to find out about the styles of speech and debate our center offers). The cost is $80 per hour. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one class please contact us for individual times



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: