Year-round program

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



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.

For our year round programs we offer After School Classes, with supplemental activities including conferences and practice debates, Mentored Projects, and local, national, and international field studies called Explorations. We have Middle and High School Programs.  


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.

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

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.

Our approach 

TDA takes an experiential approach to learning. Our curriculum has been developed and tested over eleven years. Classes are designed to evolve with each student's interests and growth, so no two sessions are the same. Student 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.   



Our Locations 

Our educational programs are held across the Bay Area and online. To keep our community safe in the face of Covid-19, all of our programs are currently online. 


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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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