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Dress Code

2016-2017 Dress code

St. Mary's Academy seeks to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to the highest quality of academic pursuit and respect of self and others. The following guidelines are in effect at all times while on campus or while participating in school-sponsored trips and events:

    • Shirts and pants or skirts must overlap enough to provide coverage of the midriff and back when arms are raised above the head.
    • Sleeveless tops may be worn if they provide enough coverage for SMA guidelines. Halter-tops, tube tops, one-shoulder tops, and off-the-shoulder tops are not acceptable. Sheer blouses are acceptable if worn over an opaque layer. The straps of tank tops may be no less than three inches wide. In addition, the neckline is to be no lower than two inches from the top of the collarbone (two inches is approximately three fingers).
    • Shorts must be within 6 inches of the top of the knee; skirts must be within 2 inches. Tops, dresses, and skirts worn over tights, leggings etc. must be within 2 inches of the top of the knee. Slits in skirts may not extend more than 2 inches from the top of the knee. Opaque tights or leggings must be worn with any skirt that might appear shorter than the dress code allows.
    • Athletic shorts, exercise pants, biking pants, workout pants, and spandex may be worn at the discretion of the instructor for PE, strength and conditioning, dance, and athletic practice, but are not appropriate for school. Yoga pants are acceptable as long as they are moderate to loose fitting and opaque.
    • Writing on clothing must be appropriate for the SMA school environment. No writing, logos, or designs are allowed on the seat of shorts, pants, sweats, etc.
    • No boxer shorts, pajama bottoms, or pants in the style of pajama bottoms may be worn to school.
    • Clothing should be in good repair with no holes, tears, or frayed ends.
    • Shoes must be worn. Students are encouraged to choose shoes that are appropriate for climbing stairs.
    • Days of all-school liturgies and other special occasions are designated as dress-up days. These are school days where a more formal appearance is expected of students out of respect for the special purpose of the day.

    • Students who represent the school in a voluntary activity may be required to meet additional dress and grooming standards.

Dress Code for Dances

    • Informal dances are those held at school. The dress code for these is the same as listed above.
    • Tasteful and respectful dress are the two guiding principles for formal dances.

Please Note: St. Mary’s Administration retains the right to interpret the dress code. Consequences for violating dress code result in detention. Other consequences may be incurred with continued violations, including suspension or expulsion.