The vision of Malcolm X Shabazz High School is to create a mindset of high-expectations for students, and empower them with skills to be socially and emotionally responsible, successful, and highly motivated.
What We are About
The Cosmetology Academy prepares students for an incredibly creative field with endless opportunities in the wonderful world of hairstyling, barbering, manicuring, and modern-day spa services. Students recognize their immense potential by training in our full-service salon.
Malcolm X Shabazz provides a competitive advantage: The Cosmetology Academy equips students with the skills necessary to succeed by presenting instruction in a newly renovated salon and theory space that is equipped with pedicure stations, skincare machines and more.
Those who select Cosmetology perfect their skills in hair cutting, hairstyling, hair coloring, nail care, skin care, facial makeup, and business skills. Graduates leave MXS with their NJ Board of Cosmetology Work Permit and will have taken the NJ State Board licensure exam.
Additional educational enrichment opportunities are provided through community service activities and the annual SkillsUSA competition, and working with the public to fulfill state training hours.
Many of our students choose to continue their education while working as salon professionals. Others have become profitable business owners in charge of their very own salons.
College Connection Program
Beauty Product Sales
Fashion Show Assistant
Want to earn college credits before graduating high school? At MXS you have the opportunity to do just that! Some courses are specific to career majors and others open to all MXS students—are offered in affiliations with MXS’s college partnerships!
Licensure and Certification Opportunities
The following licensure opportunities are available to students who successfully complete, before graduation, a minimum number of hours of coursework in the Cosmetology Academy:
NJ State Board of Cosmetology Licensure “Cosmetology & Hairstyling” eligibility after accumulating a minimum of 1000 hours
NJ Board of Cosmetology work permit @ 600 hours
MXS maintains a very strong and supportive School to Careers program, offering 9th, 10th, and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace.
Students are members of the national organization, Skills USA, which fosters a standard of excellence for those entering vocational careers. Through Skills USA, students are continually challenged via competitions at the local, state and national levels.