The Ritz Academy Difference

Melinda Tilley dreamed up The Ritz Academy while she was looking for a cosmetology school for her daughter. After being in the beauty industry for several decades and owning her own Aveda salon, The Ritz, it’s safe to say she had very high standards. So when none of the schools nearby sparked joy, she knew she was called to open her own school—thus The Ritz Academy was born.



We train our students for a lucrative future—an education with us will set you up for a successful career meeting and exceeding your goals. We will support your personal and professional development, inspire a continuous quest for growth, and encourage a commitment to teamwork that will serve you in your future as a cosmetologist, stylist, esthetician, salon owner or educator.

In addition to being an academy, we also offer discounted salon and spa services performed by our students under supervision of our educators. We provide unparalleled experiences in a comfortable, relaxed environment.



Our state-of-the-art facility is raising the bar for cosmetology schools in our area—we offer top curriculums, we partner with the best products and brands on the market and our instructors are some of the best the industry has to offer. All of our teachers bring to the table passion, hands-on experience behind the chair, and specialized training in education. In other words, you are in very fabulous hands, and your future is looking bright.