Why choose Sunstate?

So you’re interested in Sunstate Academy, huh?
Well, it’s obvious you’ve got impeccable taste! : )

We’re all about reinventing who you are – no matter what background you come from. It’s time to move forward, show off your talents, be successful, and live the life you’ve always wanted. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Sunstate family!

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You want it. We have it. Our instructors are passionate about their work and eager to share their knowledge, skills, and insight. You’ll be encouraged to let your imagination run wild!

You’re family, not a number

At Sunstate Academy, we’re family. You are the most important part of our school. Our staff is here for you every step of the way to ensure your success. You don’t call your friends by a number, so why should a school?

We’re flexible

Ditch the 5 day school week; we believe in a 3 day a week schedule. Plus, our day students are done by 5:15 p.m. That doesn’t fit your schedule? No problem. Our night and weekend classes were designed just for you!


Ours is excellent. For over 35 years, we’ve been about supporting not only our students but our community.


Sunstate is a Redken Premiere School. What does that mean exactly? In short, that we’re awesome. Oh, and that our cosmetology students are trained using the best hair products (like Redken, Tammy Taylor, and Skinn).

our mission


The mission of Sunstate Academy is to instill in every student, through quality education and motivation, a firm belief in themselves and their ability to succeed. Students set goals and objectives within their reach, and with the technical knowledge and skills they receive, our students can become successful in Health, Wellness, and Beauty professions.

our history


Sunstate Academy began with the 1975 purchase of a barber school in Largo, Florida and then expanded to Sarasota, Florida in 1982. In 1983, Sunstate opened another barber styling school in Fort Myers, Florida; this school was relocated in 1991 to Port Charlotte.

In 1988, a cosmetology school was established in Fort Myers. In 1992, Sunstate purchased a barber and cosmetology school in Clearwater, Florida. On July 25, 2003 Sunstate Academy was purchased by Compass Rose Foundation, Inc., a forty-year-old Florida non-profit tax-exempt corporation.