FAQ and Information - Cosmetology Academy

FAQ and Information

When is the last day to apply for the 2021 – 2022 Cosmetology Academy?
Juniors (Class of 2023) have until 11:59 pm on Friday, August 13 to complete and submit their Cosmetology Academy application. This is a two-year program, so students can only apply leading into their Junior year. Here is the link for the application: 

Is there NISD Transportation available?
Yes. During the Junior school year, NISD transportation will pick Cosmetology students up at their normal bus stop and bring students to Steele High School. After 3rd period, NISD transportation will take students to their high school home campus. During the Senior year, NISD transportation will pick students up at their high school home campus and bring them to Steele High School for class periods 6, 7, and 8. After school, NISD transportation to take students home.

Yes, students have the option to drive to Steele and to their home high school campus. Students with a valid Texas license can drive to Steele for the Cosmetology Academy and back to their home high school campus. 

What is the two-year course sequence for the Cosmetology Academy?
Junior Year – Students will attend Steele High School for 1, 2, and 3 class periods (8:30 am till 11:50 am) for their Cosmetology courses. Then travel back to their home high school campus for lunch. They will finish their academic courses during 5, 6, 7, and 8 periods.

Senior Year – Students will attend their home high school campus for 1, 2, 3, 4 periods, and lunch. Then travel to Steele High School to complete their Cosmetology courses during 6, 7, and 8 periods.

How much does it cost to earn a state Cosmetology certification at Steele High School? 
Northwest ISD offers the cosmetology courses & curriculum, cosmetology kit, and cosmetology training for free. There may be some small incidental costs, but they are minimal. If a student were to attend a cosmetology school after high school in the state of Texas, the average cost for a Texas cosmetology program outside of NISD is $13,852.

What requirements are there to join the Cosmetology Academy?
Students need to be on pace for graduation and have good attendance. See your high school counselor if you have questions about your graduation plan and requirements.

How does a student earn their Cosmetology state certification?
Through the Steele Cosmetology certification program, students will earn their 1,000 hours of cosmetology experience, prepare and take the state cosmetology written exam, and prepare and take the state cosmetology practical exam.

Are there any after school requirements?
Yes. The Steele Cosmetology program operates the “Shears of Steele Salon” so students can earn their 1,000 hours and gain practical experience. The salon is open on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm.

As part of the Cosmetology Academy, are there additional experiences?
Yes. As part of the Cosmetology Academy, students gain real world experiences through “Shears of Steele Salon”, NISD Back to School event, NISD Expo event, industry certifications, digital ePortfolios, guest speakers, and so much more.

Tell me more about the students who have earned their past state certifications?
Steele Cosmetology Academy graduates are currently attending UNT, UTA, TCC, TWU, Johnson & Wales, Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology, Sam Houston State University, National Guard, and additional post-secondary schools. Some of the majors our Cosmetology Academy graduates are studying include nursing, business, counseling & mental health, pilot & aviation, costume design, and many more. 

Steele Cosmetology Academy graduates are currently in numerous career apprenticeships and actively working in the Cosmetology industry. Students are working in national franchises, salons, theatre, and as independent contractors. Steele Cosmetology Academy graduates have worked at Great Clips, Supercuts, Frenchy’s Nail Salon, Floyd 99 Barbershop, Foiled Salon, Depil Brazil Waxing, Hair Bar, Bazooka Charlie's Barber Co., Ulta Beauty, and other salons.