Poised & Polished | Summer Edition

Not your average summer program. A luxury training experience combining the old world finishing of France and Switzerland with a modern day twist. This course instills the social graces and polish needed to be competitive in today’s society.

Mornings are filled with etiquette and self-development lessons while afternoons will have your young lady experiencing the art and culture of Washington. Stretching, relaxation and reading breaks on the veranda are built into our programming. 

Three days of etiquette training with fine dining etiquette luncheons, daily cultural excursions and an afternoon tea. Certificate included.


Audience: ages 8-12

Location: Historic Morrison Clark Inn

Date: July 17-19, 2024

Session Time: 9:00  to 3:30 PM

(extended Pick-up/Drop-off available)

Attire: smart casual

Course Cost: 1125 USD | split payments available

spaces are limited




the experience

We invite young ladies ages 8-12 to join us for the etiquette experience. Surrounded by the elegance and ambiance of the Historic Morrison Clark Inn in downtown Washington participants will be immersed in poise, polish and politesse, known by the French as le savoir vivre. Multiple-course luncheons will be served. The experience concludes with afternoon tea.

With the following topics:

  • Deportment: how to sit, stand and walk with grace
  • Making an entrance & stellar first impressions
  • Formal introductions & making conversation
  • Elevated & formal speech
  • Being a guest & host
  • Thank you note writing, stationery
  • Floral arrangement 
  • Dress codes
  • Personal image & style 
  • Art de la table, unique cutlery, dining terminology
  • Multiple-course fine dining etiquette
  • Digital first impressions
  • Public speaking
  • Life skills: laundry care and folding, bed-making & turn down


excursions & engagement

Afternoons will have your young lady experiencing the art and culture of Washington. Relaxation,  stretching, and reading breaks on the veranda are be built into our programming. Visits will include: The Hillwood Museum & O Street Mansion.

safety & security

Serving Washingtonians for over a decade, The Etiquette Institute of Washington is licensed and insured in the District of Columbia. Your young lady will have a lead instructor, Ms. Bailey and assistant instructor for the entire week in secure and safe small group environment.  A full training calendar along with excursions will be provided in advance of our program. For questions or inquiries please contact us.


Payment Plan Terms:
The course fee is 1125 USD. Payment may be made in full OR according to the following:

375 USD | upon registration
375 USD | June 15, 2024
375 USD | July 15, 2024

Extended Day:
Course hours are 9:00 – 3:30 PM daily. Early drop-off is available at 8 AM. Late pick-up is available until 5 PM. Students will be engaged and supervised during this time. The rate is 75 USD for early drop-off or late pick-up. 125 USD for both. 
These selections may be made on the registration page or up until our course date. 

Course Capacity:
To ensure a focused and engaging atmosphere, we limit the course to 8 participants.

Dietary Accommodations:
Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be addressed during registration. Our host hotels are adept at accommodating such needs.

Mobile Phone Policy:
Participants may keep their phones and are allotted breaks to use them, including enjoying time in the beautiful courtyard.

Afternoon Tea Venue:
The afternoon tea is elegantly served at the Henley Park Hotel, conveniently located across from the Morrison Clark Inn.

Are subject to change due to availability at venues. They will be confirmed in advance of the course. Students will be transported via private luxury transport.

Mixing Dates:
Students must take the course over 3 consecutive days and may not mix or combine different course dates. 

Upon registration, you agree to our cancellation flexible policy which allows for the transfer or the conversion of your paid registration into a credit for any future course within one year. See full policy.