As a school that seeks to exist for God’s glory, it is important that we meet those standards in every aspect of our school culture. Our appearance should encourage concentrated study and in no way distract from the learning process. Therefore, our appearance code is defined by three specific standards: modesty, appropriateness, and neatness.
First and foremost, a student’s appearance should reflect his/her identity as a follower of Christ. Everything we do is an expression of our relationship with God. The Bible makes it clear that we are to be modest and treat our bodies with the utmost respect. It is important to note that what is “in style” is not always in accordance with the standards we seek to reflect. However, as Christians, we are called to be “different than the world”. The following would not meet modesty standard:
- Sleeveless shirts and tops
- Visible undergarments
- Pants and tops that are tight fitting
- Pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts that are shorter than the top of the knee. This standard is in place even when students are wearing leggings. Slits are not to extend above the top of the knee.
- Shorts that are long, baggy athletic shorts. (Shorts such as Casual Cargo or Bermuda must reach the knee and may be worn from the beginning of school through the month of September and once again after Spring Break)
- Shirts that reveal cleavage, stomach, or back. Tops and shirts must be long enough to cover the waistline at all times.
Appropriateness can be defined as presenting oneself in a manner that fits the occasion. An appropriate appearance is one that does not distract from the educational process or draw excess attention to oneself. The following would not meet the appropriate standard:
- Faddish extremes
- Jewelry not worn in moderation and good taste
- Body piercing jewelry (including nose, lip, eyebrow, and any other than earrings for girls). Students who choose to have such piercings may wear an invisible spacer during the school day.
- Messages on clothes that are profane, vulgar, lewd, or dishonoring to Christ
- Athletic-style sweat pants
- Hats, head scarves, or sunglasses in the school building
- Hunting or military/cameo clothes
- Visible tattoos
Neatness can be defined as a look that is clean with clothes that are proper fitting and in good repair. The following would not meet the neatness standard:
- Pants that drag on the floor and sag
- Shirts that are longer than mid-thigh
- Clothing that has rips, tears, or holes
- Boys’ hair that exceeds eyebrows or collars
- Facial hair that is not well groomed and neat.
- Hair dyes that are not of natural color