Cosmetology Program Overview

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Students who have a passion for Hair, Makeup, Nail and Skin Care may apply for Prince William County School's Cosmetology Program at Unity Reed High School. There are many reasons why you may choose a career in Cosmetology. Helping others look their best can result in a great feeling of personal fulfillment and accomplishment. If you enjoy helping your friends and family members style their hair or apply makeup consider doing this as a profession. A licensed Cosmetologist is always in demand regardless of the economy. A career in the field of Cosmetology is an excellent opportunity to earn high wages as a full time employee or as a flexible part time job to help fund your college tuition.


Students attend class for 3 block periods per school year during both their Junior and Senior years of high school. Students earn 3 credits towards high school graduation for successful completion of each course or a total of 6 credits for successful completion of the entire Cosmetology Program. Two years of Cosmetology counts as a sequential elective. Successful completion of Lab competencies and Theory curriculum prepare the student for the Virginia state-licensing exam.


Students who successfully complete this program have the skills and knowledge needed for the following jobs:

  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Salon Manager / Owner
  • Manicurist
  • Receptionist in a Salon
  • Make-Up Specialist
  • Skin Care Technician

Application Process

Cosmetology is an available transport program at URHS, meaning students from Battlefield H.S., Brentsville H.S., Gainesville HS, Hylton H.S., Osbourn Park H.S., and Patriot H.S only attend Unity Reed for Cosmetology.  A bus is provided for students from their base schools Students may apply by completing the specialty program application starting on November 1st.  The application closes February 1st. If you are a student new to the county, you may still apply within 30 days of your enrollment. Please contact Mrs. Hodgson ([email protected]) for more information.

You can learn more from visiting our Wakelet page that includes contact information and informational videos about all our programs

All Unity Reed High School Specialty Programs acceptances are done by lottery placement.

For more information visit the county specialty program website



Elizabeth Payne - 703.365.3047, [email protected]
Melanie Switzer - 703.365.3046, [email protected]