Speech & Debate and Mock Trial
Students have the opportunity to prepare themselves for the “real world,” where the individual with self-confidence and strong communication skills has a professional advantage over those who are less able to express themselves.
The Mock Trial program was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. The program currently involves 38 California counties.
Speech includes honing the physical skills necessary for good speaking vocal projection, diction, posture, and effective eye contact and the organizational skills needed to produce a clear and compelling outline.
In Debate, conflict, confrontation, and clash are celebrated and rewarded. Students develop their own voice literally and figuratively and learn how to assertively advocate both their point of view and the opposing point of view.