Dress Code

Dresscode. Modesty, formality, and cleanliness will be the primary guides in all matters of the required dresscode. Students will be expected to present themselves in a way that reflects their great dignity, the dignity of their vocation as students, and the seriousness of our collective task. Therefore, students must dress according to the Academy dresscode in a modest, sober, and neat manner, avoiding all manner of slovenliness and ostentation. School clothes must be clean and in good condition with no rips, holes, or stains.

Normal School Dresscode for Ladies:

  • Ladies may wear modest skirts or pants.
  • Skirts must reach below the knee, both while sitting and while standing, and worn on the waist and not the hip. Skirts must be of a solid color or plaid. Bike shorts underneath are recommended for any lady wearing a skirt.
  • Tan or navy slacks that are not too – tight, have no holes or marking, and are sufficient in length may be worn.
  • Belts must be worn with all slacks.
  • Shirts must be either a plain polo or plain button up shirt.
  • Acceptable polo colors: White or Navy.
  • Button collared shirts must be white.
  • Shirts may be long-sleeve or short-sleeve.
  • During the winter season: appropriate knitwear may be worn that, allows the school to easily recognize the appropriate shirt being worn underneath. Anything with buttons or some opening will suffice: cardigans, V-neck sweater vests, V-neck pullover sweaters. The sweater color must be in keeping with the white and blue tones of the shirt. Bright colors are not to be used. Sweatshirts are universally prohibited. A jacket or blazer may also be worn.

Normal School Dresscode for Men:

  • Men must wear pants and not shorts.
  • Tan or navy slacks must not be too tight, be free of holes or tears or markings, and be of sufficient length.
  • Belts must be worn with all slacks.
  • Shirts must be either a plain polo or plain button up shirt.
  • Acceptable polo colors: White or Navy.
  • Button collared shirts must be white.
  • Shirts may be long sleeve or short-sleeve.
  • During the winter season an appropriate knitwear may be worn that allows the school to easy recognize the appropriate shirt being worn underneath. Anything with buttons or some opening will suffice: cardigans, V-neck sweater vests, V-neck pullover sweaters. The sweater color must be in keeping with the white and blue tones of the shirt. Bright colors are not to be used. Sweatshirts are universally prohibited. A jacket or blazer may also be worn.

The following clothes are never permitted during a normal school day when in the facilities of the school or parish:

  • Hats or caps
  • Shorts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Clothing with holes, tears, marks or tight fitting.
  • Hoodies or sweatshirts.

Formal Uniforms for Men and Women: Formal uniforms are worn on the First Friday of the month and when giving a speech or debate for a final or major grade.

  • Men: Slacks with a white dress shirt and tie. Suit jackets are also strongly encouraged.
  • Ladies: Formal skirt with a white dress shirt. · Suit jackets and skirts are also strongly encouraged.
  • No polos.

Non-Dresscode Attire.

There are several occasions during the year when.students will be out of dresscode and yet still representing the school in public. These indude dr􀁔ma performances, pilgrimages, some field trips, and graduation. At such events, we ask that students adhere to a modest and professional dress code. We err on the side of caution to be sure that students are modeling the school’s values. (See guidelines for non-dresscode attire in the Dresscode Policy online and in the school office.)

Personal Appearance.

In addition to the above dresscode, students are expected to be neat in appearance. All young men will have appropriate haircuts (e.g., no pony-tails or Mohawks) and no unnatural hair color. Hair must not extend lower than the shirt collar in the back, nor below the ear lobes. All young men will be clean-shaven every day. Sideburns are not permitted.

Young ladies will also observe decorum according to the dresscode and in personal appearance. High-heels are not permitted. A single set of tasteful earrings may be worn in the lobe only. Whereas tasteful and restrained jewelry is permitted, ostentation is to be avoided.

There must be no writing or drawing upon the arms, hands, etc. Ladies may use fingernail polish of conservative hues.

The final interpretation of the uniform policy resides solely with the headmaster.

Electronic Devices. Students are not permitted to use:cell phones or any other electronic device, at school without the explicit permission of a teacher. Cell phones must be turned off during school hours. Phones, ear buds, and headphones should be out of sight at all times and never used on our campus or during the day. Students may only use their phones after the last class of the day and after assigned chores have been completed.

Prayers and Attendance at Mass. Since the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, attendance at Mass at 11:15 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church is obligatory for all full-time and part-time students. Attendance will be taken each day at the beginning of Mass and factored into each student’s overall grade for Theology or Philosophy or both. The Headmaster may dispense with the aforementioned Mass attendance requirement on a case by case basis. If a student has received a dispensation from Mass attendance, Mass attendance will not be factored into said student’s overall grade for any class.