FAQs – Finishing School
By what criteria and timeline are candidates are accepted?
Candidate’s academic and extracurricular activities, as well as, community service involvement are considered. Candidates will receive a response within 3 business days of application submission and receive an interview date for Summer 2019. Selected candidates are accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2019.
We ask all participants to complete an application and consideration process in order to ensure there is a well-rounded class with diverse academic and extracurricular interests. This affords young ladies the opportunity to learn from the cultural experiences of others. We seek young ladies who exhibit a number of academic and extracurricular strengths.
What is the time commitment?
Young ladies are expected to attend monthly 2-hr lessons held every 2nd Tuesday of the month. In addition, they will attend cultural outings throughout the year. Those dates are provided upon acceptance. Participants will also receive assignments in preparation for lessons and activities.
Who leads the lessons?
Etiquette expert Crystal L. Bailey leads lessons and cultural excursions. Ms. Bailey is a member of the Cercle International des Experts en Etiquette et Protocole and is a 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Service Award from AD Excellence. Ms. Bailey received her training from Debrett’s London and Etiquette à la Française. Recognized for her fresh approach, she is called upon by Fortune 500 companies and international media outlets to include the BBC, CNN and French Television. In addition, guest artists, industry leaders and experts will offer master lessons to students to include culinary artistry, public speaking, leadership, image consulting, hand lettering and basic sewing skills.
What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers all lessons and cultural experiences for participants to include ballet tickets, museum admission, workshops, formal dinner, holiday afternoon tea and Finale Tea graduation.
Is there a sibling discount?
Sibling and friend discounts are available. Please inquire with Ms. Bailey.
May parents attend lessons as well?
As our goal is to inspire independent young ladies, we set aside special times for parents to see and participate in lessons and activities.
What is the payment schedule?
Year-long Tuition is total of 1500 USD. After acceptance, a 300 USD deposit is required to reserve. 600 USD is due September 15, 2019 and 600 USD remainder is due January 15, 2020.
When and where are lessons held?
Lesson are held at the Morrison Clark Historic Inn located at 11th and L Sts NW. Lessons are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Supplemental events will be in the DC Metropolitan area and announced at the beginning of the year.