The following information is excerpted from the 2018-19 Student Handbook:
B) APPEARANCE AND DRESS CODE:
One hallmark of a Prep student is his neat and proper appearance. The normal dress code requires that a student wear a suit jacket, sports coat, or official school sweater along with a dress shirt (i.e., one designed to be worn with a tie), dress slacks and dress shoes with dress socks. Clothes should be neat, clean and in good repair—i.e., no holes, tears, etc. Extremes in both dress and hairstyle are to be avoided. Technical fulfillment of the dress code while maintaining a sloppy appearance is in violation of the spirit of the dress code, and is punishable by JUG.
The Administration is the absolute and final arbiter of all issues surrounding the dress code. The statements below are intended to help guide and inform decisions about dress. In no way are they intended to cover all possibilities. If a student is uncertain about an article of clothing, he should ask the Dean of Students before wearing it or accept appropriate consequences.
Dress shirts are to be worn with properly knotted and positioned ties. Denim, flannel and corduroy shirts are not dress shirts; nor are Hawaiian shirts or those with large decals and lettering/numbering. Shirts must be properly buttoned and tucked into pants. Prep turtlenecks sold in the Campus Shop may be worn in place of a collared dress shirt; mock turtlenecks are not permitted.
Dress slacks only are to be worn. No denim look-a-likes; no pants with external pockets (sewn onto pants), decals, or lettering; no balloon pants, cargo pants, fatigues or sweat pants are permitted. Belts or suspenders must be worn with pants; belts with studs/metal points are not permitted. Pants should not be turned up at the cuff.
Dress shoes only are to be worn. Sneakers, sneaker look-a-likes, athletic shoes or athletic look-a-likes are prohibited as are shoes whose primary purpose is athletic. Clogs, sandals, moccasins are not acceptable. Footwear with thick white rubber-like soles are not permitted. Boots may be worn only during seriously inclement weather; the Dean of Students will decide and communicate such times to students. If boots are worn, pants may not be tucked into the boots. Appropriate dress socks should be worn with dress shoes; ankle socks and those normally worn for athletic purposes are not considered dress socks.
Suit jackets/sports coats or official school sweaters must be worn between classes in all common areas (halls, offices, etc.). With the permission of the teacher, jackets may be removed in the classroom. Denim, leather, or any jacket with decals, emblems, or lettering is not permitted during the school day. Athletic (i.e., varsity) jackets/coats are not permitted to be worn in place of suit jackets, sports coats or official school sweaters. Sweatshirts with or without hoods are not permitted. If a student is cold, he may wear a suitable sweater/ cardigan (one that reveals a student’s tie) under his jacket.
All clothing should fit properly.
Hair must be kept neat, clean and well-groomed; a student’s hair may not be dyed, hanging below his eyebrows, cut into any degree of “Mohawk” fashion or have lines or designs shaved into it. Hair that hangs below the neck must be secured in an appropriate manner so that it appears neat. Facial hair, if neat, is permitted under the discretion of the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students is the final arbiter of what is and what is not an acceptable hair style. Hats must not be worn inside school buildings.
Hats worn in the building may be confiscated and may not be returned until the final day of school.
Earrings, if of a small, stud-type, are permitted (no more than one per ear). Oversized studs, “spacers,” hoop earrings and those dangling below the ear are considered inappropriate and in violation of the dress code. Other “body jewelry,” including nose rings and the like, is prohibited.
Tattoos are not to be visible during school hours.
ID cards must be in the student’s possession at all times. Failure to have an ID card is a violation of the dress code as well as prevents a student from opening school doors.
Students in violation of the dress code will receive a minimum of one JUG and may be sent home to change. Students are expected to return to school properly dressed that day if they are sent home. Not returning to school will be considered truancy and will be treated appropriately. Repeated dress code infractions will result in escalated penalties.
Warm Weather Dress Code
The “Warm Weather” or “Spring” Dress Code eliminates only the suit coat and tie. Collared shirts may be worn as long as they appear neat and are tucked into the pants. All collared shirts should have minimum insignia or brand marking (i.e. no numbers on sleeves/back of shirt). Belts or suspenders are to be worn on pants.
Dress Down Guidelines
All students are to abide by the dress code while on campus on school days. Exceptions to this policy are permitted for physical education classes or co-curricular activities which require special attire, or by special permission of either the Dean of Students or Dean of Student Life. Common sense is the guide. In general, students are expected to maintain a neat appearance during official school dress down days. Students should observe the following dress down guidelines:
- Pants: jeans, athletic/sweatpants, and dress shorts are permitted. Flannel pajama pants are not permitted.
- Shirts: Appropriate tee shirts, sweatshirts and the like are permitted. Undershirts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
- Shoes: Closed-toe shoes/sneakers and dress sandals are permitted. Flip-flops and slippers (all back-less footwear) are not permitted.
Although dress down days permit a relaxed dress code, students should take care not to wear clothing that detracts from the general atmosphere of the school community. Any clothing which advertises messages inconsistent with the school’s philosophy is strictly forbidden.
The Administration reserves to itself the right to determine neatness and to interpret the dress code.