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Dress Code

To enable students to reach high academic standards, the school has put in place a dress code designed to reduce distractions and competitions. Implementing a simple, flexible, cost effective dress code promotes student learning and increased academic instruction time. Interpretation of the Dress Code is at the principal and staff’s discretion, and their decision is final.

Personal Hygiene

The personal grooming of students should be in accord with the standards set by the uniform dress code. Students should be clean and neat when at school.

All Students

  • Students must wear white shirts with collars (includes mock turtleneck, long- or short-sleeved, cotton or knit). No logos other than school logos are allowed. Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Brown, black, navy, or burgundy shoes (loafer type or casual dress) must be worn. No athletic shoes except for those brought to school for use in gym are allowed. Boots are permitted only as outerwear. Heels on shoes must be no higher than two inches. Platform shoes or open-back shoes (e.g., clogs) are not allowed. Shoelaces must be tied.
  • Cold weather attire may include solid-colored navy, white, brown, tan, burgundy, gray, red, or dark green sweaters or vests. No hoods are permitted. No sweatshirts are permitted in the classrooms. A collared shirt must be worn under sweaters and vests.
  • Hats and head scarves may not be worn inside the building. This provision does not apply to head coverings worn for religious reasons if the student applies for and receives approval from the school administration to wear such head coverings.
  • Extreme hairstyles and colored faux hair are not permitted. Hair sculpting and mohawks are not permitted. Hair color must be of natural tones. For boys, hair must be off the collar.
  • Sweatpants, wide-leg pants, carpenter pants, cargo pants with multiple large pockets, and drawstring pants are not permitted. No denim or jean material is allowed. Belts must be worn with pants that have belt loops.
  • Wearing, carrying, and displaying gang paraphernalia, names, signs, or symbols of gang membership is prohibited.
  • Pants, skirts, shorts, etc. must be worn at the waist.
  • No sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or muscle shirts are allowed.
  • No tattoos are allowed.
  • No sagging pants or low riser pants, skirts, and leggings that come to the mid-calf in length are allowed.
  • Clothing wrapped around the waist is not allowed.
  • No ripped or torn clothing is allowed.
  • No bare midriffs are allowed.


  • Pants and shorts must be navy or dark blue.
  • Socks must be worn at all times. Socks can be white, tan, brown, black, or navy.
  • Hairstyles must be conservative with hair being off the collar.
  • Earrings and other body piercing ornaments are not permitted.



  • Pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers, and Capri pants must be navy or dark blue and must be longer than the fingertips when the student’s arms hang at her sides.
  • White, brown, black, tan, or navy socks or full-length tights must be worn. No leggings are permitted. Designs on tights and socks are not permitted.
  • No more than two earrings per ear are allowed. Earring length must be reasonable and may not touch the shoulders. Only ears may be pierced.
  • Makeup is not permitted.
  • Socks, tights and stockings may be black, navy, white, or brown.


Middle School Students 

In order to provide an opportunity middle school students to feel autonomous from the elementary students, middle school students are assigned a different uniform. All uniform requirements for elementary students apply except for the following:

  • Middle school students must wear light blue shirts with collars (includes mock turtlenecks, long or short sleeved,  cotton or knit).
  • Middle school students must wear khaki colored pants.




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