Posted by P. Bingham on January 28, 1998 at 13:01:37:
In response to Diplomas?, written by Marie Bernadette on January 28, 1998 at 11:21:25
Dear Marie Bernadette,
This is only from recollection but I do believe the young ladies (girls really) received some sort of certificate. I cannot remember where I got that from.
Also, is a boarding school the same as a finishing school?
At this period they were pretty much one and the same, along with "seminary". It really depended on how the schools called themselves in order to distinguish their school from another, and all of them prided themselves on not having "too much other than deportment, music and dance". All of them were essentially "boarding schools" as we know them today. Initially the girls would be taught by their governesses and then be sent away (or rather gotten out of the way), while at the same time, learn dancing, dress and deportment (with a little French, Italian, history, spelling and needlework thrown in.)
Oh, and what age did a young lady graduate? Did it vary?
Jane finished by the age of ten and she left early due to a few different reasons a)she became very ill and almost died; b) her family could really no longer afford it. Generally, the girls were away for two or three years (coming home on holiday, etc. also members of the family would occasionally visit the school and perhaps stay there a day or so.) and their school education was likely finished by the age of thirteen or fourteen, although I've seen this vary greatly.
Of course, most young ladies, even ones from influential families, were taught completely at home and these masters of dance, landscape watercolors, etc. came to the home to impart their various arts.
I hope that was helpful,
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