Cosmetology High School Program

Health Sciences

GateWay Community College will be offering the high school program at the Deer Valley Campus on Bell Road. The location provides a premiere hair stylist education for high school students. In our unique school, students complete their high school courses, while simultaneously training in the two-year, 1000 hour Hair Stylist Certificate Program. Since July 2007, the program has served thousands of West Valley teens in state-of-the-art cosmetology career training. 

The Hair Stylist 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.

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Academy Licensed

All the GateWay hair stylist 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.

Program Locations

Deer Valley Campus
2931 W. Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ

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,

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. Two different sessions are available

Session One
12 to 2:30 p.m.

Session Two
3 to 5:30 p.m.



School tuition is based on the schedule below. It includes 1000 clock hours, lab fees, kit supplies, and books.

Juniors $1295 / 2 years
Seniors $1295 / 1 year
Seniors-Adults Contact GateWay - Deer Valley Campus
Adults $6646.62
Transfer Students $6646.62

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 Assistance

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

Please enter the school code: E00701

Student Resources

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

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 (602) 392-5000.

About West-MEC

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.

The 1600 hour Cosmetologist Program focuses on women's and men's hair styling, cutting, and braiding. Students complete courses on coloring and lightening hair as well as on chemical treatments such as perms and relaxers. Advanced color and cutting classes round out the training. The Cosmetologist Certificate includes training on nail and skin services.

Students completing the 1600 hour program are qualified to sit for the Arizona Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam to obtain licensure to practice cosmetology in the state of Arizona.

Course Description

The primary purpose of the Cosmetology course is to inform and educate students in the fundamental principles and practices of cosmetology in a real-world setting. The cosmetology course consists of 1600 hours of instruction of both theoretical and practical skill development, which is required for licensure by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. The first 300 hours are devoted to basic cosmetology skills practiced on a mannequin. After a student passes the basic practical and theory exam they move to the clinic floor where they perform routine services on clients. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the course.

Course Format

The program is presented through a series of instructor-led discussions, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on clinical labs. Instructors are highly-qualified, licensed professionals who follow well-developed lesson plans reflecting current educational methods. Supporting activities may include the use of audio-visual aids, qualified guest speakers, field trips, and other related methods. Daily activities involve the use of industry-standard equipment, products, and methods that are commonly used in working salons.

Course Goals

The Cosmetology course is designed to provide students with the practical skills and theoretic knowledge necessary to successfully complete the program; pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exam and prepare for a career in cosmetology. Through real-world examples and hands-on experience students will develop the skill, attitude and habits needed to become a competent, employable, cosmetology professional.

Course Evaluation

Students are assigned theory study and a minimum number of practical experiences. Theory is evaluated by written exams given after each unit of study. Practical assignments are evaluated as completed and counted toward course completion. Practical skills are evaluated according to text procedures and performance standards established by the state licensing agency. Students must maintain a theory grade average of 80% and pass a final written and practical exam prior to graduation.