American Barber Academy was founded on the belief that creativity, and hard work drive success. Our commitment to our students, graduates, and patrons keep us committed to developing a culture of quality barbers and leading professionals of their industry.



The mission of American Barber Academy is to train our students to be professional, responsible, and morally conscious Barbers/stylists, pass their licensing examination, and find gainful employment. Our goal is to equip our students with an infinite level of training that evokes the creativity that each student possesses individually. A.B.A will be dedicated and committed to exceed our students’ expectations as we prepare them to embark upon a prosperous journey into the world of barbering.



I’ve had the unique experience of being both a client and a student at American Barber Academy.

As a client, the service was always great. All services are performed by students, but always under the watchful eye of a licensed instructor. The haircuts take longer than they would in a barbershop, but of course that is to be expected when someone is working on perfecting their craft. The students who cut my hair were always very attentive and made sure to ask plenty of questions so that I got what I wanted.

I enjoyed my time there as a client so much that I actually ended up enrolling as a student. I couldn’t be more pleased with my education at ABA. Every single staff member works hard to ensure that you’re learning as much as you can during your time there. They make sure that your education is not only fun, but effective as well. There are so many opportunities to grow, both as a student and a person. The small class sizes allow for a lot of one-on-one time with the instructors, which is necessary when you’ve never picked up clippers or wrapped a perm rod in your life. They bend over backwards to accommodate you whenever possible; whether you need some time off of school or you need extra help with something, your needs will be met. All you have to do show up every day, have a positive attitude, and genuinely put forth effort and you will be successful at ABA. While job placement isn’t guaranteed, the majority of students have a job before graduation. George knows just about everyone in the local barbering community and works tirelessly to try to get his students into barbershops where they’ll do well.

Again, thank you to George, Nick, Carlos, Ryan, Rico, Mrs. Pilon, Eida, and Linda for all of your help during my 14 months at ABA. It has been a pleasure!

Caitlin S


“Today we had an award ceremony at school, I received honors in academics and honors in attendance, and I just wanna say how thankful I am to go to a school that acknowledges the hard work we, as students, put in on a daily basis. waking up at 5:45 and literally dragging my ass out of bed every morning doesn’t get any easier, but that 3rd license is calling my name. a big thank you to Bryheem and George for all that you guys do for us, you’re appreciated as well.”

Shannon H.
Barber Crossover Graduate

As I sit here in my bed I’m getting so emotional!! I’m going to pour my heart out. This school right here literally changed my life, it was the best choice I have ever made, despite all the people telling me I didn’t need it and it was unnecessary to go to barbering school. These 3 men have taught me so much and always pushed me to do the best I could do, picked me up when I failed and guided me in the right direction. All of them saw potential in me that I didn’t ever see in myself, they believed in me when only two other people did. Picking a career only my dad and boyfriend thought I’d be successful in and no one else supported me was really rough. Being in such a wonderful environment with so many positive people who believed in me and that I could do anything I set my mind to was so amazing and helped me grow so much as a person. Knowing I had people around me everyday that believed in me helped me finally believe in myself and like myself and knowing I made the right choice and I was good at what I do. Just the little things like bryheems little motivational videos that sometimes even made me cry. These men brought out the best in me and finally made me realize I’m good at what I do and worth so much more than I ever thought of myself before. Thank you for always making sure to set aside time to talk to me when I had a bad day and actually care about me personally and not just as a student. For putting up when me when I got so frustrated I gave up, you let me walk away and waited for me to cool off d come back and walked with me every step of the way till I left better and was ok again. I don’t know many amazing people like this. Literally with all of my heart you changed my life and me as a person in so many go ways I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to each one of you. I love you three so much!!
Thank you for saving me from myself.
I’m honestly going to really miss not being at this school everyday with you guys, I really didn’t think it would be this hard but I’m sitting here like a mess right now.


Rebecca S.


“I just recently graduated from American Barber Academy and I have nothing but good things to say! First I’ll start off with I’m not young I was 36 starting and 37 when I finished, I was so scared and nervous to try taking on a new career that I have no skill in and being my age. I quickly came to realize if you put the time and effort with the help from the wonderful instructors who go above and beyond to make the experience of becoming a barber a wonderful and fun one. The atmosphere is very fun and inviting no matter if your 7 or 77, I know as a student I appreciated all the clients coming in from young to old to get the practice and experience for real world situations and it was fun building relationships with a lot of them. If you are thinking of getting a haircut this is a wonderful place to go I never seen anyone leave with a bad cut! I personally let a lot of the students give me a cut and couldn’t be happier so what’s cooler than helping out someone to get where they want to go while you get what you want and for $7 it’s a win win for everyone! If you are thinking of becoming a student American Barber Academy IS THE PLACE to go!!! You will not find better teachers my teacher Bryheem is just a wonderful person all around as well as the rest of the teachers, George the owner is fantastic and does above and beyond to help you on your journey to become a barber and I can’t leave out Mrs. Lacey who is the director but she is so much more being a licensed cosmetologist you will learn way beyond being just the average barber. Oh and I can’t leave out Eida the receptionist and so much more she is the glue holding all the small details together seeing her smiling face and wonderful personality everyday just puts the cherry on top! So all and all wether you need a haircut or you want to give the haircuts Go To AMERICAN BARBER ACADEMY you will not regret it!!!!”

Joshua W


“Excellent school choice that I made. Learned a lot more then I expected. This academy provided me with all the tools and knowledge I need to become successful in the barber industry and in life. Thanks American Barber Academy for all your help.”

Jean J.

Our Objectives

To introduce and teach the techniques involved in the latest hair styling trends.


Create the best learning environment available by emphasizing short-term progress, individualized attention, progressive teaching methods, and relevant equipment of “hands-on” education.


To develop professional qualities within each student by teaching them the importance of good public relation and customer services.


To instill in our students, desirable habits and attitudes in all aspects of health, sanitation and safety.


To prepare our students to pass the Pennsylvania State Board Exam.


To assist our students in finding employment at the conclusion of their program.
Some of our Offerings.

What Makes Us Different?

Low Ratios

With a 10 to 1 student to teacher ratio, our students can expect to get the personalized attention and instruction that is necessary to monitor and ensure their growth and success here at the American Barber Academy.

Location is Key

Our high-volume clinic and multi-cultural clientele base is attributed to our convenient location on the outskirts of Reading, unbeatable prices, and commitment to quality customer service. Students will gain valuable real world experience in a professional and busy environment working with all different hair types.

Our Methods

We are a school that will teach and employ methods that are demand today and will provide our students with the necessary skills to run a modern day barbershop.


American Barber Academy is Accredited through the National Commission of Career Arts and Sciences. A Naccas Accredidation means that students and parents can rest assured knowing that our program meets the Highest Standards in Post Secondary Education that is set forth and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NACCAS Accreditation also allows us to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.


Our Staff is comprised of barbershop owners, former state board proctors, and reputable award winning barbers. Students will learn from qualified instructors who are ready and willing to educate our students with the highest standards and the latest technology available in barbering education.


A computer is an integral component in Higher Education and ABA is committed to making sure our students have all the recourses necessary to be successful. Students at ABA use Chrome Book laptops with the latest software in Barbering Education by Milady for reading assignments, exams, homework, special projects, and more...


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