September 22, 2013
Most beauty schools require students to be at least 16 years old to enroll in their courses. This means it would be possible for a junior or senior in high school to begin their cosmetology training while still attending high school. Unfortunately, though, many beauty schools also require students to have a high school diploma or GED before enrolling. Some schools offer classes to high schoolers, but usually only select courses at the beauty school are open to high school students, and they have to meet strict achievement requirements.
Vocational High Schools
Some vocational high schools also offer cosmetology courses, or partner with local technical schools for these courses. This allows the students to study beauty topics while also earning their high school diploma. These practical classes give students an introduction to cosmetology, and the chance to begin their cosmetology education before they have graduated high school.
High school vocational and trade programs have existed for decades, and allow students to learn practical skills and get hands-on practice in the trade. These programs also sometimes allow students to complete internships in the field for extra experience. When these programs are focused on cosmetology, students can learn more about hair design, skincare and nail treatments. Students who complete these programs must still continue their education at a post-secondary beauty college and test for a cosmetology license in the usual manner. Sometimes the hours gained can be counted toward the hours required for certification, though.
Duel Enrollment Programs
In duel enrollment programs, students usually enroll at a local beauty school for a few lecture-style during their junior or senior year of high school. Typically, they can get up to three hours a day toward certification. This lays the groundwork for their education.
If the student began working during senior year, the hands-on training typically does not begin until after high school graduation. If a student begins duel enrollment during his or her junior year, however, there is a chance hands-on clinic training could begin during the following year. This means students can be both enrolled in high school and actively working in the school’s salon. Depending on the state’s hour requirements, there is a chance this student could test for certification not long after high school graduation.
These duel enrollment programs are not offered in all states. There may be reasons the programs are not offered in your area. In some states, there are state-wide Board of Cosmetology age requirements in effect for those attending beauty school. These may or may not apply to high school students seeking duel enrollment in both high school and cosmetology school programs.
If you are interested in getting started on your cosmetology education, Avalon School of Cosmetology can help. We can give you information on cosmetology courses for high school students, state requirements for certification and how to enroll in beauty school today. Contact our admissions team to learn more.