Dress Code

2016-2017 Dress Code

Dress Code Goals – Paideia’s goal is to set a dress code that (1) creates an atmosphere conducive to diligent study, (2) makes the students look appealing, (3) is easy for parents to procure, and (4) is easy for teachers and staff to enforce. If you have questions about any details not clarified here, we encourage you to ask a teacher or the headmaster.

Dress Code Enforcement – Teachers will enforce the dress code for their individual classrooms. If a parent or student has questions about a particular article of dress, please ask the student’s teacher.

Dress-Up Days – To mark our assemblies as special events, every Friday will be a “dress-up day”, with students wearing their best uniforms. Please consult the list below to see what items are appropriate for Dress-Up Days.

 

Kindergarten-6th Grade: Boys

Normal Uniform

Dress-Up Uniform

Pants or Shorts. Solid-colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Shorts are permitted September and April through June. Pants or Shorts. Solid-colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Shorts are permitted September and April through June.
Polo Shirt. Solid-colored White, Navy, or Light Blue. Oxford Shirt (Button-down). Solid-colored White, Navy, or Light Blue.
Sweater or Vest. Optional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue. Sweater or Vest. Optional for cold weather, worn over button-down. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue.
Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required.

Kindergarten-6th Grade: Girls

Normal Uniform

Dress-Up Uniform

Pants, Skirts or Jumpers. Solid colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Skirts or Jumpers. Solid colored Khaki or Navy Blue.
Polo Shirt or Polo Dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Oxford Shirt (Button-down), Blouse (Button-down), or Polo Dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue.
Sweater, Vest, or Cardigan. Optional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt or polo dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Sweater, Vest, or Cardigan. Optional for cold weather, worn over button-down, blouse or polo dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue.
Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed.

As we add junior high in 2016-2017, we have adjusted the dress code for these grades to reflect the older age of these students. Differences from the elementary dress code are marked in red.

7th-8th Grade: Boys

Normal Uniform

Dress-Up Uniform

Pants or Shorts. Solid-colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Shorts are permitted September and April through June. Black or Brown belt required.  Pants. Solid-colored Khaki or Navy Blue.  Black or Brown belt required. 
Polo Shirt. Solid-colored White, Navy, or Light Blue. Oxford Shirt (Button-down). Solid-colored White. School tie required.*
Sweater or Vest. Optional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue. Sweater or Vest. Optional for cold weather, worn over button-down. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue.
Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required.

7th-8th Grade: Girls

Normal Uniform

Dress-Up Uniform

Pants, Skirts or Jumpers. Solid colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Skirts or Jumpers. Solid colored Khaki or Navy Blue.
Polo Shirt or Polo Dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Oxford Shirt (Button-down) or Blouse (Button-down). Solid-colored White. School tie required.*
Sweater, Vest, or Cardigan. Optional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt or polo dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Sweater, Vest, or Cardigan. Optional for cold weather, worn over button-down or blouse.. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue.
Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed.

*Parents of junior high students will receive information about where to purchase the school tie.

Clarifications

  1. All clothing, including socks and tights, should be clean and in good repair.
  2. Boys’ shirts should be tucked in the whole time the student is on campus. Girls may choose whether to tuck or not tuck in shirts.
  3. Sweatshirts, polar fleece, and hoodies are not the same as sweaters and are prohibited for in-class wear. They may be worn outside at recess in place of coats.
  4. Pants, skirts, and jumpers should be uniform-style. Cargo pants and corduroys are prohibited.
  5. Clothing not specified as solid color (e.g. socks, tights) may have patterns or prints, but no prominently displayed characters (animals, people, etc.) or writing.
  6. Hair must be neat and tidy. Boys’ hair must not cover their ears, be over their collar, or in their eyes. Girls’ bangs must be kept out of their eyes. Hair color should be in the spectrum of natural hues.
  7. Earrings are permitted for girls. All other piercings are prohibited.
  8. For elementary-level boys, belts and ties are optional. If worn, belts should be conservative and dark colored.
  9. Girls: Skirts, jumpers, and polo dresses, must be at least knee-length as measured by the line at the back of the knee. Girls should wear shorts or leggings underneath skirts/jumpers. Leggings are not considered pants and may only be worn underneath a skirt/jumper.
  10. Girls: All undergarments, including camisoles, must be concealed beneath outer clothing.
  11. Please write your name clearly on the inside of each garment, especially on sweaters.