I have been teaching esthetics since 2010 when I graduated from esthetics school and did a turn around to become a teacher. Now I am going to let you in on a few rather shady practices done by cosmetology and esthetic schools. This is also rather true of nail tech schools as well. Now this is not to say that there aren't good schools out there, there are. But they are few and far between, Here are a few things to look for.
Is the first thing you talk about money? If it is, RUN! Because at this point you are no longer a person but a number, a number with a credit card or financial aid check attached. This is an indication that you will mean nothing in the long run except to line the pockets of the owners.
Did they hype their school BEFORE they asked you what you were looking for? The best sales person will tell you that you ask questions before you start talking about your product. What does you client want/need from you? If they are more interested in promoting how great they are before they find out what you need, then your education will always be the second important thing to them. Again, this is about lining their pockets.
Did they pressure you to sign right away? A good school will allow you time to research and make a decision based on what you are looking for and what your needs are. Is the location good? Do they teach in a way that helps you understand the material? Are their teachers good and experienced in the field they teach? These are all important questions you need to ask, but if they are pressuring you before you know the answers, and truth, then this tells me again you are a cash number.
What products do they use? Are they an organic school or product line school? Do you believe in their teaching philosophy? Do you like the educators? Do you like the location? What have other people told you about the school? Were they interested in you? Did they ask you questions pertaining to why you chose this field to study? THESE ARE ALL IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!
Bottom line is this, I have worked in three different schools. I have enjoyed teaching, until this last one. I have seen the good and the bad in all three. The last one being completely shady and unethical. So I know where the pitfalls are. USE COMMON SENSE. Research, read reviews, ask questions, QUESTION EVERYTHING you are told by a admissions rep! You have that right.
Side note on reviews, read that ones that aren't all rainbows and butterflies, they tend to be the ones written by real reviewers and not the people paid at the school. Even glowing reviews done by real people have at least one thing they didn't like. So if you see a review that says the school is perfect and wonderful and you LOVE it, they are usually full of shit and are written by admissions. =)