But Cosmetology One at Sylvan Hills High School was especially quiet Monday. Not because the students don't like to talk, says Linda Kennedy.
"They are very social," the teacher emphasized.
Just focused. And maybe a little nervous with a news crew wandering around.
Student Kelvesha Poole was in the zone, turning pin curls on a very patient mannequin.
"I'm still having trouble doing it," Poole admitted. "It's very time consuming. It seems easy, but mine doesn't look very good, as you see."
But Poole says she is willing to stick with it to reach her goal.
"I want to own a salon," Poole said, adding that the Sylvan Hills cosmetology program is the perfect place to get started. "This actually helps me get better at what I want to fulfill in life,"
Kennedy says she owned a salon before she started the class more than 20 years ago, and emphasized the importance helping students understand the craft.
"This affords them the opportunity to do the training in the career," Kennedy said, "to see if that's actually what they want to do in life before they enroll in a private school."
Kennedy says the Sylvan Hills cosmetology program is partnered with the Paul Mitchell School in North Little Rock, and her graduates can earn up to 500 hours of credit towards the 1500 needed for state licensure before graduation.
"They love getting our students, because they're more advanced, and they have that background behind them," Kennedy said.