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TDA Comprehensive Year-round program

Middle and High School

How can we train our students to be ethical, well-rounded leaders with the capacity and foresight to solve problems they will face 20, 40, or 60 years from now?


The TDA Year-Round Program aims to answer that question. 

Program Description


The TDA Year-Round Program is our most advanced and comprehensive course.  In our weekly classes, students conduct current events monitoring and analysis, develop media literacy, train in public speaking, learn various forms of debate and prepare for Model UN and Model Congress conferences. Our students receive training in negotiation, politics, and history through simulation activities. Students in this course explore various ethical and moral issues, often connected to our area of study, as well as the challenges of leadership and decision making in a democratic society.


This course is designed for students with an interest in political, social, legal, and international issues, and who already have a full roster of school classes. Students who thrive in this course show a propensity for political or public issues and are generally moved by injustice. This course is adaptable and often attended by homeschooled and institutional school students. 


Year-Round Delegates attend one weekly, 2-hour class from September to May, excluding traditional school holidays.


Students are invited to attend two preparatory TDA Day Long Debates (Winter and Spring) and offered to attend Model United Nations and Model Congress competitive conferences. Please take note that for 2021, most conferences have moved online. 

In non-pandemic years,  TDA offers its Year Round Delegates supplemental activities including conferences and practice debates, mentored projects, and local, national, and international field studies called Explorations.  

All of our year-round programs are academically rigorous and require an application and, at a minimum, an interview with our Educational Director, Simon. Entry into one program does not guarantee entry into another, and students are invited back each year based on their performance and motivation. New students who perform well in our Summer Camps are more likely to be accepted to our year-round program.

Learning Intentions

  • To develop current events monitoring skills, media literacy skills, and the use of research methods for self- directed learning;

  • To develop rhetorical and argumentative skills, social tact, and listening skills necessary for academic, ethical and political debate;

  • To explore societal values, moral issues, and ethical dilemmas;

  • To expose students to principled negotiation methods through simulations;

  • To prepare for and participate in a debate before an authentic audience;

  • To develop critical thinking skills; 

  • To develop public speaking skills, including persuasion and storytelling;

  • To exercise self- paced learning on a topic of interest.


Dates & Duration

  • Middle School Level (6th-8th)
    • Live Class time: One class per week, 2 hours, from 4-6 pm on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    • Asynchronous time estimate: 2-4 hours per week. 

    • Dates:

      1. Middle School - San Francisco (online, Tuesdays, 4-6 pm): September 15, 2020- May 25, 2021

      2. Middle School - Palo Alto (online, Tuesdays, 4-6 pm): September 16, 2020- May 26, 2021


  • High School Level: (9th-12th)
    • Live Class Time: One class per week, 2 hours, from 4-6 pm on Thursday or Friday.

    • Asynchronous time estimate: 2-4 hours per week.

    • Dates:

      1. High School - San Francisco (online, Thursdays, 4-6 pm): September 17, 2020- May 27, 2021

      2. High School - Palo Alto (online, Fridays, 4- 6 PM): September 18, 2020- May 28, 2021

  • Duration: 30 Weeks

Pandemic Era Note

During normal times, our TDA Year-Round Program operates in person. However, for the 2020-2021 year, due to the current pandemic, we will be operating online for the foreseeable future. When the pandemic subsides, we will return to in-person classes, under the following schedule and locations below. All times are Pacific Standard-Times.

  • Middle School- San Francisco (Marina): Tuesdays from 4-6 pm. 

  • Middle School- Palo Alto (Downtown): Wednesdays from 4-6 pm.

  • High School - San Francisco (Marina): Thursdays from 4-6 pm.

  • High School- Palo Alto (Downtown): Friday from 4-6 pm.


Two Decades Academy is a selective education institution preparing the next generation of leaders through debate, public speaking, and the skills to lead through adversity.

Click here to learn more about our approach. Click here to learn more about our students. Click here to follow our weekly debates. 

TDA is an apolitical organization dedicated to enhancing student leadership through study and debate and welcomes all forms of creeds, opinions, ethnicities, religions. races, sexual orientations, nationalities and forms of existence. TDA strongly believes that conviction in our values and opinions, along with the resolve for leadership stem from deep study, analysis, information, debate, the contrast of ideas, and the search for truth. 

In two decades our students will be leaders. Preparation starts now.



Our approach 

TDA takes an experiential approach to learning. Our curriculum has been developed and tested for over eleven years. Classes are designed to evolve with each student's interests and growth, so no two sessions are the same. Students examine the world through the lens of current events, debate, negotiation, and public speaking. Follow our weekly debates on LinkedIn for a glimpse inside the classroom. 


We go beyond other speech and debate programs that focus on one debate type, applicable to one field, or focused on one narrow technique. We teach skills from multiple speech and debate styles, which gives our students the ability to learn by exploring their own interests. Our approach produces comprehensive leaders, who understand speech and debate skills across disciplines and who can apply what is needed in different contexts.


We don't add fluff to our curriculum through guest lectures by professionals or college students, with impressive-sounding associations to elite institutions, but little capacity to teach or engage students. Our classes are designed and delivered by experts who are also excellent teachers. All instructors are trained and supported in our methods and don't just follow pre-made scripts. They create exciting, meaningful, and academically-rigorous experiences for our students.   


Students leave our programs transformed, as thinkers and as people. Many parents have seen this transformation through ignited academic passions and enlightened dinner-table conversation. Hear what other parents have to say here.   

Our students

Our academic camps are for students with interest or skill in politics, international relations, debate, law, history, philosophy, ethics, policy, civics, Model United Nations, and other related fields. Not all students arrive with these interests, but we've seen many students whose enthusiasm was born through our programs.  


Most TDA students are high-achieving in school and thrive in challenging academic environments. However, some of our most successful students over the years showed particular behaviors and traits, like a penchant for arguing or a flare for the dramatic, yet lacked stellar academics and grades. These students found their academic passions through our programs. Think this might be your student? Click here to read about some unexpected traits of a successful TDA student.  

TDA's students win best delegate at competitions across the country, study at the best universities, and, most importantly, go on to pursue meaningful careers that change the fate of humanity. Join us.   


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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.


San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto + San Francisco


United States of America



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