Dress Code

2017-2018 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.

ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE

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 VestOptional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue. Sweater or VestOptional 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, Polo Dress, or Uniform-Style Button-Down or Ponte Dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Oxford Shirt or Blouse (Button-downs), Polo Dress, or Uniform-Style Button-Down or Ponte Dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue.
Sweater, Vest, or CardiganOptional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt or polo dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Sweater, Vest, or CardiganOptional 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.

 

SECONDARY DRESS CODE

7th-9th Grade: Boys

Normal Uniform Dress-Up Uniform
Pants or Shorts. Solid-colored Khaki or Navy Blue. Shorts permitted Sept. 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 VestOptional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue. Sweater or VestOptional for cold weather, worn over button-down. Solid-colored Navy or Light Blue.

Blazer (required for 9th grade). Navy school blazer.

Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Socks required.
   

 

7th-9th 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, Polo Dress, or Uniform-Style Button-Down or Ponte 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 CardiganOptional for cold weather, worn over polo shirt or polo dress. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue. Sweater, Vest, or CardiganOptional for cold weather, worn over button-down or blouse. Solid-colored White, Navy, Light Pink, or Light Blue.

Blazer (required for 9th grade). Navy school blazer.

Shoes. Conservative, close-toed. Shoes. Conservative, close-toed.

 

Dress Code 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. The standing rule in classrooms (although teachers may occasionally suspend it) is that coats may not be worn in class. In cold weather, please send your student to school with a dress-code appropriate sweater. Sweatshirts/hoodies and polar fleece are not the same as sweaters and are prohibited for in-class wear. They may be worn outside at recess as coats.
  4. Pants, skirts, dresses 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 be 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. Belts for girls are also optional. If worn, belts should be conservative and dark colored.
  9. Girls’ skirts, jumpers, and dresses must be at least knee-length as measured by the line at the back of the knee. (For girls with longer legs, we suggest Land’s End or French Toast to find long enough skirts.) Lower Elementary 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’ and boys’ undergarments, including camisoles, must be concealed beneath outer clothing.
  11. The school will provide 7th-9th grade parents instructions on where to purchase the school tie and the 9th grade school blazer (see below).
  12. Please write your name clearly on the inside of each garment, especially on sweaters.

 

School Tie (7th-9th Grade)

Boys: Navy Tie

Purchase from one of the following:

Suggested tie for different sizes of secondary students:

  • for smaller-size students use Land’s End Little Kids/Big Kids Size
  • for medium-size students use French Toast 14-20 One Size
  • for adult-size students use Land’s End Adult Size

Girls: Navy Cross Tie

Purchase from one of the following:

 

School Blazer (9th Grade Only)

Boys: Navy Blazer

Purchase from: French Toast (Classic School Blazer)

Boys sizes and Young Mens sizes available

Girls: Navy Blazer

Purchase from: French Toast (Classic School Blazer)

Girls sizes and Junior sizes available