Pivot Point Academy

Pivot Point Academy empowers beauty school students and professionals with the leading cosmetology, barber, and skincare education.

We invite you to belong

Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.
We try harder every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Join us in our quest. Your purpose is our passion. Focus you!Congratulation graduates

Digital Learning Simplified

Closeup of iPad Showing LAB

Pivot Point Academy is colorful

Life happens in color. Color captures passions, inspires emotions, and connects people. Bright and energetic, pure and beautiful, the PivotPoint Academy colors add vibrancy to communications and are among one the most unifying elements in our visual identity.

Take a virtual tour of our school

Current Mask Requirements

At this time, the mask requirement at our academy,  student salon, barber clinic, and spa is optional until we have different guidelines from the IL Department of Public Health. When additional information becomes available, we will let you know. Thank you for your understanding.

What makes us your beauty school in Chicagoland?

We established strong partnerships with beauty industry leaders and have built strong relationships with Barbershops, Salons, and Spa in the Chicago land area. Being the research academy for Pivot Point International provides access to new trends, modern tools, and up-to-date curriculums. Our learning material is relevant, collaborative, and innovative. We added elements of business training like Prosper U and Beauty as a Business, to build the foundation to become a successful beauty professional.

Pivot Point Academy partners with Denise Provenzano of Zano Salons. Click to read the complete article.

Looking for a movie night recommendation? Watch the documentary on our founder Leo Passage, a story of passion and inspiration. Now streaming on a device near you. Watch Here!

Beauty News

Looking for the latest news on Pivot Point Academy and the beauty industry? Check out the newest happenings, hints, tips, biggest events, and student stylist special.

Career Opportunities

Whether you’re a student looking for a career in cosmetology, esthetics, nails, or other beauty professions, our career board provides you with a network of opportunities to get you out into the field.

Now Accepting Applications

Monday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, and  Saturday 9:00 am – 4:45 pm at (847) 985-4321 in person or 24/7 via online chat, email info@academy-pp.com, or request information.


Contact Us


  • I was recently at your Bloomingdale location this past Saturday.  Christopher cut my hair as well as did a color correction w/high lights.  Even though I was there for 5 hours he took his time to make sure that the job was being done right and asked instructors for feedback etc when needed.

    Well, the outcome came out FANTASTIC. I posted my picture on my Facebook as well as my personal weight watchers profile and I was bombarded with so many likes saying how cute the color/cut came out and how it complements my newly thinned out features.   I went drastic with a modified pixie cut and I went for it 🤣!!

    I’m hoping that Christopher is available the next time I go for a trim and touch up 😊😊

    Linda B.

    I chose pivot point intentionally because I’ve always loved makeup. Going through all the phases and learning all the curriculum I’ve never been so happy to become a well-rounded hairstylist knowing all techniques and learning all different hair types. I’ve never been so blessed to be working at Sharon Daniel Salon to further my career and make everyone feel beautiful!

    Alissa M.
  • I chose Pivot Point because of its professional but fun atmosphere. I feel that they took cosmetology as seriously as I did but everyone was still warm and welcoming! I am now working at a Redken elite salon in Chicago and I feel like I’ve found a home in my rising salon!

    Mikey D.

    Pivot Point Academy is not only a school, it is a home. This place helped me branch out into a whole different person. I tried things I never knew I would try and accomplished so much more than I would’ve ever thought. Pivot Point allowed me to find another home at Sorelle Salon in Bartlett. I am a full-time stylist now doing hair, makeup, spray tans, lash extensions, lash lifts, and nails! This industry offers so much and Pivot Point helped me realize beauty is unstoppable!

    Gabby B.
  • I chose Pivot Point Academy because I wanted a supportive, family-like school. I knew from the minute I toured the academy; I was home. The educators were amazing, my classmates were always cheering me on and the rest of the team always had my back. I knew going to Pivot Point I would have the best cosmetology education and opportunities following graduation. I was given all of that, plus so much more.

    Savannah F.

    I chose Pivot Point because it had always been highly recommended to me and frankly; no other school compared. I felt welcomed and at home right away, so I knew it was the right choice. After graduating from Pivot Point, I was able to come across an amazing job opportunity at The Mixx Hair Salon where I am now a full-time hairstylist and lead makeup artist.

    Nathaly L.