Below is our approved dress code for the 2023-24 school year. Vanderbilt Charter Academy does not use uniforms. To enable students to reach high academic standards, the school has put in place a dress code designed to reduce distractions. Implementing a dress code promotes student learning and increased academic instruction time.
TopsShirts and tops must cover the back, shoulders, chest, and midriff. Undergarments must not be visible.
Spaghetti strap shirts, halter tops, tank tops, undershirts, muscle shirts, sheer, or any other clothing items that show bare midriff are not permitted.
BottomsShorts dresses, and skirts must be longer than 4 inches above the kneecap.
Pants, capris, and shorts must be fitted or belted at the waist to prevent sagging and undergarments must not be visible.
Shorts must extend past the mid-thigh (mid-thigh is determined as halfway between inseam and knee).
Skirts, skorts, dresses, and jumpers must be no more than two (2) inches above the knee in length.
Pajama pants are not permitted without administrative permission.
Hats & AccessoriesHats and hoods, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
Any jewelry, chain, or other apparel posing a safety risk is not permitted.
Ear piercings are permitted.
Hair must not obstruct vision or distract from the learning environment.
Sunglasses are not permitted inside unless for medical purposes.
ShoesFor safety reasons, students are required to wear shoes appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
Shoes that are unsafe (for example flip-flops or shoes with wheels) are not permitted.
Slippers are not permitted without administrative permission.
Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are to be worn for P.E. class.
MiscellaneousRevealing clothing is prohibited. All clothing must fit appropriately and must not be excessively tight or loose. This includes all sheer, low-cut, or otherwise revealing garments.
Areas typically covered by undergarments must not be visible.
Clothing, accessories, or grooming may not depict or advertise weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia, sexual or obscene language or images, threats, or racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, or promote conduct expressly prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct.
Wearing, carrying, and displaying gang paraphernalia, names, signs, or symbols is prohibited.
School spirit-wear may be worn only with administrative permission.