The ability to speak before a group with confidence and clarity is an important 21st century skill, essential for global citizenship. At each grade level of Berkeley Carroll, students are provided with opportunities to find their voice and express their opinions in developmentally appropriate ways.
In Middle School, students in every grade complete a final project where they create and present a project to the public, starting with the 5th grade’s Egyptian Tomb, in which students serve as docents to visitors. All 7th and 8th graders also take a public speaking class, culminating with each student writing and delivering a speech on the topic of his or her choice.
Speech and debate has long been a strength of our school, with our Middle and Upper School speech and debate teams frequently competing on a national level.