The Ogle School Mission is our promise to students. In return for their personal sacrifices, dedication and creative energy we will help them realize their dream, a fulfilling career in the beauty industry. We train our students in the time-tested skills of cosmetology and esthetics as well as innovations in their chosen field. However, we understand that career achievement is as much about character as it is skill. Beginning day one, we challenge students to become true professionals. We model our schools after successful salons with the same policies, codes of conduct and professional expectations they will encounter in their future jobs. At the same time, we recognize they are students, and professionalism takes time, patience and our support to develop. Ogle School graduates understand that ultimately, their success will be determined by their clients. Throughout our process we endeavor to meet the highest practicable standards and our instructors, equipment and facilities reflect that commitment. Our Mission establishes our shared (with our students) accountability for completion, licensure and placement in a desirable job and we strive for superior performance in each.
Shelton Ogle is an internationally renowned hair stylist and an icon in the beauty industry. Shelton’s deep roots in the DFW area means he has had the privilege of doing generations of hair within many families – from grandparents, to parents to children. He has done their weddings, their children’s weddings and everything in between – truly becoming a part of their lives.
Shelton was exposed to the beauty industry at a young age as the grandson of a well known Dallas barber. Initially, Shelton thought he would become an architect. However, thankfully for thousands of successful Ogle School graduates, Shelton decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and channel his passion for design and creativity into a career in the beauty industry. After graduation, Shelton started working for a local salon. Quickly he realized that salons offered a job, but provided no training or path to perfect his craft. At the age of 20, Shelton was offered the opportunity to be the lead stylist and manager of a salon located inside a high end department store. The lesson he learned from being part of this high-end retail environment became one of the foundations of his educational philosophy; always put the customer first.
At the age of 21, Shelton bought and opened his first salon. He quickly realized the key to his success was staff. It became very clear to him that there was a shortage of well-trained stylists available. Combining an emphasis on training with passion and respect with his customer-first philosophy, Shelton opened his second salon and his first school in 1973 at the age of 23, in the growing city of Arlington, TX. Over the next several years he would develop the structure, methods and techniques focused on developing stylists technical skills and personal branding; a combination that has made Ogle School one of the most successful beauty schools in Texas. Along with developing a weekly beauty industry show that aired on PBS, Shelton would open an additional 3 schools and salons in Hurst, Fort Worth and Dallas over the next 30 years.
The Ogle School footprint has now expanded to 9 schools across the Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston markets. In 2021, Ogle School was acquired by RLJ Equity Partners and continues to carry on the legacy that Shelton Ogle set as the foundation of success. In 2023, Ogle School is celebrating its 50th year as a premier beauty school in Texas. Over those 50 years, Ogle School has graduated tens of thousands of beauty industry professionals and established itself as one of the leading providers of cosmetology and esthetics training programs in the country.
At Ogle School, we make our values a part of everything we do. To us, it’s our T.I.R.E.S. (Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Service to the Customer) and it’s our dedication to these values that’s made Ogle School a leader in cosmetology and esthetics education in Texas for over 40 years.
The pursuit of our mission is grounded in the knowledge that no one of us can achieve as much as all of us. When people with diverse responsibilities, backgrounds, and perspectives come together for our students, exciting things happen.
Our most important teams consist of members who are student-centered, not self-centered or organizationally-centered. Members play specific roles in admissions, financial planning, education or career services. Everyone works hard at communication and cooperation to ensure that our students’ progress is flawless. Team leaders are accessible, organized and focused on the goal, but open to the possibilities. Team members understand and identify with priorities. They seek to make a personal contribution and feel free to express different views with confidence that they will be heard. In the students’ eyes, we always strive to stand united as a team. This is a critical component of sustaining their confidence in Ogle School and their future.
Our commitment to teamwork mandates a participative management style that is student-centered. Training ensures that team members have the requisite skills and leaders understand and fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Our communications are thoughtful, open and designed to support understanding and feedback in advance of execution. Ogles’ information systems are designed to support student-centered teamwork. Associate compensation and incentive systems are based, in part, on team play.
Individual achievement is satisfying, but achievement of excellence through teamwork is exhilarating and, once achieved, forever pursued.
The pursuit of our mission is grounded in the knowledge that no one of us can achieve as much as all of us. When people with diverse responsibilities and perspectives come together, exciting things happen.
The success of our company is due to the contributions of employees from diverse backgrounds, national origins and heritage. We seek to enhance diversity by supporting an environment that recognizes the value and worth of all individuals, treating others with respect and courtesy, and enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for acts of harassment, discrimination and/or intimidation.
Across our organization, we hire, promote and provide development opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. In addition, we support diverse students, including those from disadvantaged groups through our programs, scholarships and financial resources.
Our instructors, staff and student body reflect the diverse communities in which we operate. Individuals from minority groups represent approximately 75 percent of our personnel and 80 percent of our student population.
Alignment with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
We are committed to being a leader in cosmetology and esthetics education through salon-modeled, student-centered training and development of the highest caliber.
We seek to empower women with resources and support, including career counseling and employment assistance to help students achieve their goals.
Work & Economic Growth
We provide employees competitive wages, strong benefit programs and opportunities for development. We drive student completion, licensure and placement in rewarding careers within the beauty industry.
We provide equal opportunities and strive to create workplaces where all feel welcomed and valued. We have long supported the LGBTQ community and other minority groups. We do not include separate curriculum components based on either race or ethnic origin, requiring students to become familiar with all types of hair, skin and nails.