Etiquette Classes for The Austin Girls' School

Académie de l’étiquette – AE –has been serving The Girls’ School of Austin’s elementary and middle school students since the beginning of the Fall semester 2017.  AE offers coaching classes in etiquette tailored to the special all girls student body of this elite Austin school. AE’s approach is designed to complement the overall development of social skills that is deeply integrated into the broad curriculum of The Girls’ School of Austin.

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About the founder

AE founder, Marie-Catherine Bearden, is an academic professional whose background includes teaching children and teens in international schools in Africa and South Asia, as well as serving as a professor at Georgetown University in D.C, and The University of Texas at Austin. Her long experience in international diplomacy has also guided her approach to etiquette and protocol for all.

More about Marie-Catherine can be found in this article in The Daily Texan.

Click here to learn more about Marie-Catherine Bearden.

“Guiding the students of The Austin Girl’s School to navigate their new world with confidence” 

– Académie de l’étiquette

Course Overview

A 4-week program will cover all aspects of youth etiquette from proper introductions to international dining norms, to broader social skills and interpersonal contact. 

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The course can be drawn from the following:

Social Skills

  • Importance of greeting
  • First rules of introductions
  • Correct handshake and eye contact
  • Phone etiquette
  • E-Etiquette
  • And more…

Dining Etiquette

  • Napkins
  • Utensils, stemware
  • American and European style dining
  • Passing food
  • Soup manners
  • Table talk
  • Setting a proper table
  • Do’s and don’ts of dining
  • And more…


For more information about this course, please phone us at 512-332-4365 or send us an email at