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Our student body is filled with diversity, in the classic sense, and also in terms of the stories, backgrounds and life goals that brought those students to us. So while there’s no way for us to anticipate every possible question, we will touch on a few of the ones we hear most often below.

Not finding answers to the question you’re looking for? Reach out through our virtual admission counselor on the bottom right or simply give us a call. We’ll answer anything you throw at us, can schedule a time for you to look at the school in person or whatever else you might find helpful along your journey towards meeting your career goals.

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Is JD Academy Nationally Accredited

Absolutely. JD Academy is accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts + Sciences (NACCAS). In addition to a great education, this means our tuition is eligible for government programs such as Pell Grants and other financial assistance programs for those who qualify.

What do the class schedules look like?

New esthetician classes start every 7 weeks and cosmetology classes start every 9 weeks. Some classes fill quickly. Please enroll early to secure the class start of your choice.

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What types of financial aid are available?

Our financial aid department will work with you one-on-one to help identify every possible financial aid benefit available to you. As mentioned above, that often includes Pell and other state & federal grants.  There are both public and private scholarship opportunities. Once we’ve worked with you to exhaust all possible subsidies, we can work with you on both secured and unsecured student loans if necessary.

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Will I have the same instructor during my entire program?

No. You will have the advantage of learning from several different instructors during your time with JD Academy. This allows you the ability to receive different perspectives on the profession, learn from the different areas of expertise that our mentors bring with them, and also broadens your networking potential within the industry.

How long is the JD Academy program?

Our cosmetology program is a state-mandated, 1000-hour program. Our esthetician program is a state-mandated, 600-hour program. On a full-time schedule, our students are projected to finish our cosmetology program in 37 weeks and our esthetician program in 22 weeks.

What programs can I study at JD Academy?

With all the exciting beauty trends happening, we want our students to study the area of beauty they are most passionate about. Here at JD Academy, we offer a cosmetology program and an esthetics program. These programs are a great way to personalize your beauty education.

Do you offer both part-time and full-time schedules?

Currently, we offer convenient day schedules Monday through Friday. Esthetician students attend from 9 am to 3 pm and cosmetology students attend from 9:15 am to 3:15 pm

What sets JD Academy apart from other beauty schools?

Our mission at JD Academy is to help turn you into a beauty professional who can excel throughout your career. Our curriculum is designed to give you a combination of a hands-on, real-world experience with dedicated classroom support from our experienced instructors. We want your time with us to be an experience that helps influence your future!

Will I get to work with real clients?

Yes! We’ve broken up our curriculum into theoretical and practical portions. Meaning that after you have safely learned how to perform beauty services on clients, you’ll then be given the opportunity to do them yourself. All of these services will be performed under the direct supervision of licensed professionals. This allows you to get advice while you’re learning how to interact with clients!

Will I get to work with professional beauty brands?

Yes! In our student salon*, we use professional quality products to help you familiarize yourself with products you could be working with in your future career.

What can I expect on a school tour?

On your tour, we’ll spend about 45 minutes getting to know each other. You can also expect to see the campus, have all your questions answered, learn about our programs, and learn more about financial aid*.

How do I start the application process?

If you feel as if you’re ready to start your beauty education with us, all you need to do is fill out the form at the bottom of our website. Once you’ve filled out all your contact information, someone from our admissions team will reach out to you shortly.

How much do your programs cost?


  • Tuition $20,000.00
  • Application/Registration Fee – Non-Refundable $150.00
  • Books and Equipment – Nonrefundable * $3,700.00
  • STRF (Student Tuition Recovery Fund) – Nonrefundable $60.00
  • State Board License Application Fee $125.00
  • Total: $24,035.00


  • Tuition $12,600.00
  • Application/Registration Fee – Non-Refundable $150.00
  • Books and Equipment – Nonrefundable $2,500.00
  • Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) $37.50
  • State Board License Exam Fee $115.00
  • Total: $15,402.00

*All services are performed under the supervision of licensed professionals.
*Financial Aid available to those who qualify


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I was so fortunate to attend JD Academy. I had toured other schools and JD was exactly what I needed. Small class size, more one on one with instructors, open door policy. It became my second home. My education was top notch... even in areas I didn't think I cared about... became my passion. I hope all future cosmetologists and estheticians are apart of JD Academy .

Nicky B – Former Student

I wanted to say thank you for always keeping us informed and doing a wonderful job helping us however you can. Thank you for all you do! Emily

Emily, Student

I am a current esthetician student at this school. Highly recommend! The teachers are so supportive and kind. Everyone here truly cares about their students. I have learned so much from here and they really prepare you for state board.

Kayla T.

Ms. Janet. I have some exciting news for you today. I was just hired with Blue Mercury to start as a sales associate and later move into an esthetician position. The best part is it is literally right around the corner from my house. I couldn't wait to share the news with you. I'm literally crying out of JOY and GRATITUDE!!!! Thank you for having faith in me, you have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you for allowing me to get my education at JD Academy.

Brenda, Graduate

I've been here several times and each time, my hair turned out nice. But yesterday, Jessica did an awesome job! Her instructor also did a good job on my bangs. Thanks, Jessica and Vessie.

Olivia S.

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520 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
Danville, CA 94526


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