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.

Job Readiness

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

Admission by Application

Students apply for the Cosmetology Program in their sophomore year. The application deadline is February 1, 2023. Battlefield H.S., Brentsville H.S., Hylton H.S., Osbourn Park H.S., Patriot H.S. and Unity Reed H.S. students attend Unity Reed H.S. for Cosmetology. Bus services are also provided for students from their base schools.

Click here to apply (application will be available on November 1, 2022) Teacher recommendations will not be required.

You can also visit our Wakelet to access informational videos about all of our programs by clicking here!


Unity Reed High School Contact Information

Elizabeth Payne - 703.365.3047,
Melanie Switzer - 703.365.3046,