Academic Programs for 2020- 2021

In an effort to address the educational needs of students during the pandemic, TDA is offering four different class options. See below for more details.


Year Round Program

Our most comprehensive program. Includes instruction on current events, debate, negotiation, public speaking, and preparation for Model UN & Model Congress. 

30-week program.

Current Events


The class for students interested in learning and debating US & World current events, culminating with a Round Table Discussion.

Discussion-based 6-week course. 

Tracing back: History and Current Events

The project-based course for students interested in history and current events, towards the creation of a deliverable result. 

6-week course.

the pursuit of knowledge: 


humanities edition

Substantial and fun learning experience in the field of humanities. Cross-disciplinary course​, themed on an issue or question. Culminating event for all. 6-week course.

Collaboration with Argonaut School.

The Two Decades Academy is dedicated to amplifying high-impact students through debate, critical thinking, and the skills to lead through complexity. 
We offer after-school classes for Middle and High School Students in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We accept motivated students regardless of financial means. Assitance available.

"My son has grown so much from this Two Decades Academy's program. His level of discourse and knowledge on topics ranging from foreign affairs to current events is outstanding. I can barely keep up as his parent! And most importantly, he loves it and looks forward to every session."

- Kimarie Matthews - TDA Parent

our focus

Current events

We understand our place in history when we follow the most important current events of our time. 


We create debates that use the best traits of many debate disciplines, on the major issues of our time.

Public Speaking

We help students become eloquent, functional speakers, adaptable to any situation.


Debate is adversarial, negotiation is conciliatory. Both are needed to create leaders.

Social-Emotional Learning: Collaboration with the Argonaut School
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Argonaut is a live, online program that brings together small groups of middle schoolers to discover their strengths, explore their identity, and find ways to contribute to the world. 


It's built on the success of Millennium School, which has pioneered innovative social-emotional learning tools based on adolescent neuroscience. Millennium's founding Head of School, Chris Balme, designed Argonaut alongside a team of education innovators. Their aim is to offer something every middle schooler needs to thrive: a high-trust group of peers to adventure with, even in this distanced era.


Argonaut works by creating safe spaces where students can speak authentically, listen deeply, and discuss what is most important to them. Within that tight-knit group, students complete a series of individual challenges, facilitated online but done away from the screen, which help them concretely build social-emotional intelligence. The challenges range from keeping a personal journal for self-reflection, to deconstructing ads, to learning conflict resolution tools, and dozens more. Each is a step toward building confidence, kindness, and the skills to navigate a complex world. 


To learn more or register, please visit


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why the NAME?

Because two decades after my students leave my class, I want them to remember how they found their values, and to live by them.

Because the decisions they will take two decades down the line will probably impact others, and those decisions should be informed by our most deeply held values- those that we discover with the benefit of an open, free mind.

Because I will treat my students as if they were two decades older- and speak to the adult that will be, not the child that was.

Because Middle and High School shouldn’t only be an admissions circus- but an opportunity as influential as higher education or employment.

Because when we take a long view of education, we discard the momentary rollercoaster of grades, and focus on the person behind the number or letter.

Because when we look at issues two decades or more into the past and two decades into the future, we recognize the important elements of the times we are living in, and focus on the meaningful issues, and not the latest outrage.

For these, and many others: Two Decades Academy.

- Simon Olavarria

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