Ms. McMahon

Program Description

The Cosmetology Program trains students for a variety of career opportunities in the hair, skin and nail industry. Students are instructed to meet the 1000 hours required by the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology. Training includes skin care, including facial treatments and makeup applications.  Chemical hair services including permanent waving and haircolor services.  Global Keratin hair smoothing/straightening systems. Basic nail techniques including manicuring, gel polish and nail enhancements. Haircutting and styling, Cinderella Hair extensions and wig instruction,Cyber Imaging, professional ethics, salon management and State Laws. Students have the opportunity to further develop skills in a supervised salon setting which is opened to the public.

After the completion of (1000) required hours, and passing the Massachusetts State Board Exam, students are licensed and may be employed in salons or spas that are operated as independent establishments, chain salons, or in conjunction with hotels, department or specialty stores.

A Post - Secondary Cosmetology Program has been added with great success.


Term grades are averaged as follows:

  • 20% Homework  

  • 15% Quizzes

  • 25% Tests

  • 20% Participation

  • 20% Project

Final grades are averaged as follows:

  • Term 1 = 25%

  • Term 2 = 25%

  • Term 3 = 25%

  • Midyear Exam = 12%

  • Final Exam = 13%

    • Final exams in the technical program will be a practical assessment to determine student competency.  

Safety Policy

Shop safety policies and regulations were established by the school Health and Safety Committee, and adhere to state and local laws.

There are at least 2 to 3 safety checks performed yearly by student members from the Safety Committee and overseen by the school safety officer. These students are inspecting for proper shop layout, cleanliness, approved and filled fire extinguishers, and overall safety. Shops will be inspected by the vocational coordinator several times a year, this is done on an informal basis and suggestions and questions are asked if a possible safety violation exists.

All 9th graders are introduced to the safety program as part of the exploratory rotation.  Once students have chosen their technical program, the safety program is reviewed in their theory classes, and in the technical program as needed. Students are required to pass safety exams once training has been completed and prior to using tools or hazardous substances.

If a student receives a minor injury (cut or gash) in the technical program, the instructor is notified immediately and the student is brought to the nurse. In more severe cases the instructor is immediately notified and the nurse’s office is notified. At this time, instructions will be given as to what procedure is to be followed. The instructors will adhere to all safety procedures.

Instructors are trained through in-service days and after school classes. Monthly department and faculty meetings throughout the school year will provide necessary updates.

Safety information is gathered from the vendors that provide us with their products. On-line resources, such as SDS sheets for all chemicals are available in the technical program at all times.

Safety checks are preformed on all tools used in the shop. Most tools, which include basic hand and power and body hand tools, are checked on a daily basis and students are required to report any unsafe tool.

Program Safety Rules: See attached program safety plan

Program Attire

Uniform required Monday - Friday:

Black pants, closed toe shoes, barber jacket or stylist apron.

Extra Help

Teachers are available for extra help every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:30 – 3:30.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and promptness are essential for instruction and progress. During a trimester, a student with four (4) unexcused absences will fail all academic and technical courses for that trimester. Students may appeal failure through the Assistant Principal’s Office.

Make Up Work Policy

Students may make up any work that is missed in the technical program during a specific term. If a student wishes to make up an assignment due to a poor grade, he or she must notify the teacher prior to the close of the term, and work out a schedule for making up assignments.

Licenses, Certifications: See attached scope and sequence document

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:  See attached curriculum maps

Instructional Strategies:

The cosmetology course will enable students to complete academic work and practical skills in a variety of learning oportunties. DVDs,Videos,Textbooks,Guest speakers,and hands on clinical experience, will be made available to every student.

Course Content/Topical Outline: See attached scope and sequence document

Policy on Honesty

Plagiarism is defined as:

  1. The act of literary theft : present as a new and original idea or product derived from an existing source

  2. To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source

If a student is suspected of cheating or plagiarism, your instructor will discuss the situation, and offer an opportunity for the student to come forward and explain the situation. If a proper explanation is not given, the student will receive a zero on the assignment and be subject to a disciplinary hearing.