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.

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.

After- school Classes

Simon's Year-Round classes begin in September 2021.

Applications are open.

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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


San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto + San Francisco


United States of America



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