The Cutting Edge Style Academy name has changed to GateWay Community College and will be offered at the Deer Valley Campus on Bell Road and the Surprise site located in the Communiversity Building in Surprise, AZ. The locations provide a premiere cosmetology education for high school students. In our unique school, students complete their high school courses, while simultaneously training in the 1600 hour Cosmetology Certificate Program. Since July 2007, the program has served thousands of West Valley teens in state-of-the-art cosmetology career training.
The Cosmetology program is offered in partnership with West-MEC. We are proud to also partner with Valley salons and spas to enhance the student experience and provide job opportunities for our graduates.
Visit www.west-mec.org for more information.
All the GateWay cosmetology high school classes, instructors and certifications are approved by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology.
Enrollment is open to students in the West-MEC school district. Junior and Senior students living within West-MEC district boundaries may apply. You must have a minimum of 10 high school credits, two of which must be in English, and must have proof of legal residency.
Deer Valley Campus
2931 W. Bell Road
15950 N Civic Center Plaza
How to Enroll
Step 1: Complete a West-MEC Application for Admission Form. Applications are available at the West-MEC district office, high school guidance counselor offices, and the district’s website, www.west-mec.org.
Step 2: Deliver the completed application to student’s high school guidance counselor. High school guidance counselors will notify students of their acceptance into the program.
Classes are offered at times that work with your high school schedule. Three different sessions are available
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m. to 3:45 P.M.
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information about schedules and class times, see the Schedules page in the Trade and Technical Training Student Handbook.
School tuition is based on the schedule below. It includes 1600 clock hours, lab fees, kit supplies, and books.
||$1200 / 2 years
||$1200 / 1 year
||Contact GateWay - Deer Valley Campus
NOTE: The Arizona State Board of Cosmetology licensing exam fee is NOT included in the price of tuition. The cost for the exam is $185. The cost is subject to change, contact the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology for current pricing information.
Financial aid, such as grants and loans is made available to students through GateWay Community College Financial Aid Office.
To apply for financial aid, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Please enter the school code: E00701
Our focus is on providing you with a rewarding educational experience that not only prepares you for a fabulous career in cosmetology but enriches your life through teamwork, friendship and fun.
Check here for valuable links to information and resources for high school students and graduates!
The Salon located on the GateWay Surprise site and Deer Valley Campus provide salon services to the public.
See our list of salon services and prices.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are interested in making an appointment, call (623) 979-9883.
In 2002, voters in West Valley school districts approved the creation of West-MEC public school district to prepare students for the future and contribute to Arizona’s economy. Today, West-MEC serves more than 24,000 students from 46 high schools across almost 4,300 square miles in the northern and western parts of the greater Phoenix Metropolitan region. CTE programs are offered on high school campuses and at educational facilities operated by West-MEC and its community college partners. Students attend their home high school for core subjects and travel to West-MEC Central Program career campuses to receive high school elective credits and opportunities to earn college credit, internship experience, and industry certifications at an affordable cost.
Cosmetology is one of many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs West-MEC offers for students to develop career and leadership skills. In the spring of 2012, the global education accreditation commission, AdvancED, recognized West-MEC as a high-quality school system. The accreditation will help West-MEC with university credit transferring, federal loans and scholarships, and bolster the district’s commitment to advance student performance.