Young Genius
Bay Area

Speech and Debate Academy
Saratoga - Fremont-Coastside  (Half Moon Bay-Pacifica) 

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

2014 California State Debate Champions!

Some of our students are graduating this school year, so we have some open spots on Young Genius Speech & Debate Team. 
To join our 2014-2015 speech and debate courses and  compete on our team
contact us
In order to integrate into our team swiftly we recommend that your child attends our summer camps. 


Full Class Schedule for 2014-15 School Year   
           High School Placement Test (HSPT)  camp

MS/HS Debate Schedule 
                   Speech and Debate Summer Camps 2014 
Elementary Writing/Speech ,2-3grade                        Speech and Congressional Debate, 4-5 grade



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 6 students, at a time and location that is convenient for the students. Please contact us for more information on new class formation.


  Weekend 2014-2015 Classes,  Starting August 15th 

         Times             Location                 Class                         Teacher        Enrollment 
Saturdays  9:00 - 11:00am    Saratoga Office     Debate                                     Don Heinsohn             Open   
6-8 graders

Saturdays  11:00 - 1:00pm    Saratoga Office    Lincoln-Douglas Debate           Don Heinsohn            Open   
6-8 graders

Saturdays  9:00-11:00pm      Saratoga Office   Congressional debate and speech     TBD                            Open   
4-5 graders

Saturdays  11:00 -1:00pm   Saratoga Office   Elementary Speech & Writing        TBD                           Open    
4-5 graders

Saturdays  2:00 - 4:00pm     Saratoga Office     Beginner Congressional Debate        TBD                           Open   
4-5 graders

Saturdays  2:00 - 4:00pm     Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate             Don Heinsohn         Open
8-10 graders

Saturday   4:00 - 6:00pm      Saratoga Office     Congressional Debate               TBD                               Open  
4-5 graders

Saturdays 4:00 - 6:00pm      Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate          Don Heinsohn         Open 
8-11 graders

Saturdays  6:00 - 8:00pm    Saratoga Office     Lincoln-Douglas Debate             TBD                             

Weekday Classes 

Days         Times           Location                 Class             Teacher        Enrollment

Wednesdays   4:00 -6:00pm            Saratoga Office   Beginner  Lincoln Douglas   Debate       TBD                     Open

Wednesdays   6:00 -8:00pm            Saratoga Office   Advanced Lincoln/Douglas Debate     TBD                       Open
Thursdays       4:00 -6:00pm          Saratoga Office
   Advanced Lincoln/Douglas Debate        TBD                      Open
Thursdays       6:00 -8:00pm          Saratoga Office   Advanced   Lincoln/Douglas Debate      TBD                        Open

Thursday     4:30-6:30          Fremont Office              Beginners Congress/ LD      Brett Banduchi            Open

Thursday      6:30-8:30           Fremont Office            Advanced Lincoln Douglas        Brett Banduchi          Open

Thursday 6:00 -8:00pm          Montara Office                            TBD                    Don Heinsohn            Open


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.
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: