Appearance Code

The “Dress Code” is frequently a point of contention, frustration, and distraction in schools for students, parents, and faculty. This should not be the case. We hope the following guidelines will help you understand and commit to the overall attitude we desire.

The Scriptures only touch on the issue of dress through principles. A Christian school dress code can be dealt with on a “spiritual” basis only as it relates to biblical principles. The underlying principles are not usually the source of contention. They are more frequently related to institutional preferences, which the school chooses. Two different Christian schools that are equally committed to the Scriptures may have different dress guidelines for their faculty and students, just as churches and families have varying perspectives. Each school necessarily establishes boundaries that conform to its mission.

The principles found in I Timothy 2:9-10, 4:12, and Titus 2:6-8 teach: Appropriateness (“in harmony with the situation”), Modesty (“moral sensibility within the bounds of propriety”) and Humility (not “proud or self-assertive”).

We encourage you to go shopping, at no cost, in our Uniform Exchange Room, located on the 1st floor of the Lower School.

2016-17 DRESS CODE GUIDELINES

Young Men and Boys

Long pants must be neat, dressy, and a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey). All pants must be worn at the waist. Corduroy and cargo pants are acceptable. No jeans or denim pants regardless of color, stonewashed, blue cotton/denim pants, bib-overalls, sweat pants, warm-up suits, or athletic pants will be allowed.

Shorts must be of twill material. They must be of a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey).  Cargo shorts are acceptable.  Worn at the waist, the shorts must come to within the top of the knee. The hem should be neat and not frayed or cut-off.  With the exception of December-February, shorts may be worn all year round. 

Shirts must have a collar, buttons, and sleeves. Shirts can be of any solid color. Although tops may be un-tucked, they must be long enough so that no skin shows when the arms are raised above the head. Only the top button may be unbuttoned on shirts. Shirts may not be altered. Layered garments may not be worn over shirts or extend below the shirttail. Undershirts must be tucked in. Small (same color as shirt, i.e. color blended) logos are allowed.  The only authorized exception would be an official WSCA shield or WSCA Bobcat logo.  Solid colored sweaters (crew or V-neck) or cardigans may be worn over authorized collared shirts.

Hair may be highlighted or colored with a natural hair color only. Hair must be neatly combed and out of the eyes. When combed straight down, it may not extend below the top edge of a shirt collar, the bottom of the ear, or eyebrows. The measurement of hair will be determined when the hair is combed straight down--not by the hair style. Hair on the sides and back must be uniform, the same length all the way around. Sideburns may not extend beyond the bottom of the ear. Designs shaved into hair or spiked hair is not permitted.  Young men must be clean-shaven.  The administration is the final judge of appropriate hair styles.

Shoes: Dress/casual shoes that have security at the heel are acceptable.  Examples of shoes that are not acceptable are flip-flops, slipper-type shoes, or sandals with no back-strap.  Even though they have back-straps, Crocs and shoes with wheels are not acceptable.  Shoes should be properly laced.

Young Women and Girls

Skirts must be a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey).  Skirts are to extend to the top of the knee at a minimum. Slits above the top of the knee are not permitted.  Leggings are permitted to be worn under skirts; leggings may have print but may not be open weave styles (e.g., lace or fish net). On special occasions, when a dress is permitted, the dress must meet the length requirements.

Pants, including capri pants, are acceptable. Corduroys are permitted. All pants are to be full-cut, not form-fitting and a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey). The hem should be neat and not frayed or cut-off. Pants should be loose enough to be able to gather one inch of material on the inside or outside seam of each leg. The seams of the undergarments should not be visible through the material. No jeans or denim pants regardless of color, stonewashed, blue cotton/denim pants, bib-overalls, warm-up pants, sweat pants, athletic pants, leather, pleather, stretch pants, leggings (alone), jeggings, spandex, lycra, tight or baggy styles will be permitted.

Shorts must be of twill material. They must be of a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey).  All shorts are to be full-cut and not form-fitting.  Worn at the waist, the shorts must come to the top of the knee. The hem should be neat and not frayed or cut-off. With the exception of December-February, shorts may be worn all year round.

Shirts must have a collar, buttons, and sleeves. Shirts can be of any solid color. Although tops may be un-tucked, they must be long enough so that no skin shows when the arms are raised above the head. Only the top button may be unbuttoned on shirts. Shirts may not be altered. Layered garments may not be worn over shirts or extend below the shirttail. Undershirts must be tucked in. Small (same color as shirt, i.e. color blended) logos are allowed.  The only authorized exception would be an official WSCA shield or WSCA Bobcat logo.  Solid colored sweaters (crew or V-neck) or cardigans may be worn over authorized collared shirts. 

Jumpers and polo dresses can be worn by students in grades PreK-5th grade.  Jumpers must be of a solid color (khaki, navy, black, or grey). Polo dresses can be any solid color. All dresses must come to the top of the knee.

Shoes: Dress/casual shoes that have security at the heel are acceptable.  Examples of shoes that are not acceptable are flip-flops, slipper-type shoes, or sandals with no back-strap.  Even though they have back-straps, Crocs and shoes with wheels are not acceptable.  Shoes should be properly laced.

Hairstyles should not be distracting. Hair may be highlighted or colored with a natural hair color only. No extreme styles. Hair must be kept neat. The administration reserves the right to deem any hairstyle as a violation due to style or color.

Miscellaneous

WSCA Sweatshirts and Dress Code Compliant Official WSCA Athletic Uniform Items may also be worn throughout the week and with an appropriate shirt underneath if the item is to be removed.  For example, a plain t-shirt may be worn underneath the sweatshirt or uniform item but the student must be prepared to change into a dress code compliant shirt if they start to overheat. Official WSCA team or group polo style shirts and sweatshirts which display the school logo and have been purchased through the school may also be worn. Only WSCA sweatshirts may be worn. This includes any sweatshirt made of fleece or sweatshirt material whether it is hooded or not.  Sweatshirts may be worn year-round. Team or spirit wear t-shirts are not permitted to be worn unless specified by administration as a special dress down day.

Accessories: No excessive jewelry, chains, or make-up that the school deems distracting to the atmosphere or mission of WSCA. No visible tattoos (permanent or temporary, doodling on arms, etc.) or visible body piercing jewelry (except for girls’ earrings). No hats or bandanas. Anything worn under a WSCA uniform shirt must coincide with school guidelines as outlined here and be tucked in at all times.

“Jeans Day”: On designated “jeans days,” jeans must be appropriate. No holes, rips, shredding, frayed edges, or the appearance of these things are permitted. No excessively tight or baggy jeans are permitted.  Wind pants, sweat pants, or leggings are not allowed on “jeans days.”

Formal Wear: With changes in style it becomes necessary for WSCA to draft a dress code for formal events. Young men are to wear a dress coat, dress slacks, and a tie to these events. Young ladies are expected to wear formal dresses that are modest. Some simple guidelines are necessary. There is to be no bare or sheer midriff areas; backs of dresses should be no lower than the middle of the back; and modest fronts should not expose cleavage. If there is a question about appropriateness, check with the administration at least two weeks prior to the event.  Students who do not meet appropriate dress guidelines will not be permitted to attend. This code also applies to non-WSCA students who attend as guests.

Extracurricular Activities: Students remaining after school for various activities are required to be in modest, suitable attire. Students may not wear athletic shorts with less than a four inch in-seam to any school activity. Shorts with slit sides are not allowed. No clothing which exposes the midriff is allowed. Boys are to wear shirts at all times on campus. No visible tattoos or body piercing jewelry (except for girls’ earrings) is permitted.  Students who are in violation will be asked to leave the extracurricular activity.

Enforcement

Students who are out of dress code will be removed from class until the violation is corrected.  They may be asked to select appropriate clothes from the Uniform Exchange Room or parents may be asked to bring extra clothes or pick up their children from school.  Students are responsible for any work missed in class. In addition to correcting the dress code violation, the student will receive the following disciplinary actions:

  • First offense: Notification of parents
  • Second offense: After-school detention and notification of parents.
  • Third offense: One day suspension, notification of parents
  • Fourth offense: Three days suspension, notification of parents (Participants in extra-curricular activities will miss one event.  The student, activity Captain/President and Coach/Advisor will meet with Athletic Director and Principal.)
  • Fifth offense: Initiate dismissal from school and enrollment elsewhere.

Final authority to decide appropriateness of an outfit worn on campus and at all WSCA activities and their consequences rests with the administration.

A Note to Parents

Parents are encouraged to teach their children to live happily and submissively within the code’s guidelines. Nitpicking criticism, to which any set of rules is susceptible, creates a spirit of unrest in students. We want to prevent the dress code from becoming a major issue at WSCA. Even though we readily acknowledge that much of the dress code is mere institutional preference, it is not optional. Students are expected to comply with the code, and parents are expected to monitor compliance before their children leave home. We are not here to be “clothes police.” It is inappropriate that complying students, staff, or administration be distracted from the educational process due to someone’s failing in his or her commitment to follow the code.