Dress Code Policy
Boys: “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” – Titus 2:7 (NIV)
Girls: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” – 1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV)
1. The primary purpose of the Dress Code Policy is to establish guidelines for modesty and safety. The cooperation of both the student and the parent is necessary in maintaining the standard of dress. When students and parents assume their responsibility and both strive to adhere to the Dress Code Policy, the school is free to focus on its primary goal of building Godly character and academic competence. Violations of the Dress Code Policy will be addressed by teachers and/or administration.
2. All clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriately sized, modest in cut and not distracting. Clothing with holes, rips and/or frays is not permitted. Form fitting clothing is not permitted.
3. Undergarments should always be covered.
4. Students are to follow the SJCA dress code at all times while at school and participating in extra-curricular activities.
5. All school sponsored activities, travel, banquets, ceremonies, etc. shall be attended in clothes of the same standards of modesty. Athletic wear may have slightly different guidelines for practice and competitive uniforms.
6. Hats or head coverings (including hoods) may not be worn in any building except on special days as announced by the administrator. Sunglasses may not be worn in the school buildings.
7. SJCA reserves the right to make the final decision in questionable areas of dress code.
• Tops must be purchased from the SJCA Lands’ End school website. An official SJCA logo must be on all tops. All tops must be navy, white, grey or red. Young men may also choose to wear the French Blue dress shirt.
• Blouses/shirts/tops should be appropriately buttoned to be modest. In general, the neckline should be no more than 2 inches below the collarbone unless another garment is worn underneath and meets this guideline.
Students may wear neat, modest khaki or blue denim pants, khaki or blue denim capris and khaki or blue denim shorts. These garments may come from the student’s personal wardrobe or from a store of choice.
• Garments with holes, rips or frays are not permitted.
• Garments should be appropriately sized with special emphasis on not being too tight or too loose. The crotch must not be more than a few inches from the body.
• Undergarments may not be seen at any time.
• Shorts must be hemmed, neat and tailored. Shorts must extend to within 2 inches of the top of the kneecap or have a minimum inseam length of at least 10 inches.
• The following are NOT permitted on a daily basis – sweats, jogging outfits, wind suits, jeggings, pajamas, tights (worn as pants), spandex, athletic style shorts, drawstring shorts, and similar garments.
Female students may wear dresses, skirts and jumpers purchased from the Lands’ End school website.
• These items should be no more than 2 inches above the top of the kneecap when standing and
should be modest when sitting.
• Tights/leggings may be worn under dresses/skirts and extend below the garment provided the
dress/skirt complies with the length requirement stated above.
• Blue denim skirts may be worn; these items may come from the student’s personal wardrobe or a
store of choice.
• Elementary girls are required to wear a pair of shorts or leggings underneath a dress or skirt for
Students are to wear appropriate footwear at all times. Athletic shoes, dress shoes, and sandals are allowed.
• Water shoes, shower shoes and house shoes are not permitted.
• Elementary students must wear shoes or sandals with a back strap. Flip flops and sandals without a
back strap are not allowed for safety reasons. Elementary students are required to wear athletic
shoes during P.E.
Sweaters, jackets, ½ zips and hoodies worn indoors must be navy, white, grey or red with an official SJCA
logo. These items must be purchased from the SJCA Lands’ End school website. Other outwear may be
worn to school to provide protection for the weather, however, these items must be removed when inside the
Elementary students do not dress out for P.E. with the exception of athletic shoes. Students in grades 6-12
must wear navy athletic shorts purchased from the SJCA Lands’ End school website and a navy, white, grey
or red shirt with the official SJCA school logo purchased from the SJCA Lands’ End school website.
Spirit days will be every Friday and a few other days as determined by the administration. Students are
allowed to wear approved SJCA Fan Wear, Booster Club Wear, SJCA branded t-shirts; these items must be
navy, white, grey or red. Students may also wear sweat pants, wind pants and athletic shorts purchased from
the SJCA Lands’ End school website.
Sports teams may be permitted to wear approved game-day shirts that are SJCA branded and are approved
by the administration.
CHAPEL ATTIRE: Chapel dress code is the same as the dress code listed above.
Hair should be clean and neatly styled. Highlight or striping hair in an unnatural color (blue, green, etc.) is
not permitted. Extreme hair styles (Mohawk, reverse Mohawk, spikes, etc.) are not permitted. Young men’s
hair must be cut so that the hair is above the eyebrows, off the top of the shirt collar and may extend no
longer than the middle of the ear. Additionally, hair may not be tucked behind the ear to avoid the mid of the
ear hair length requirement. The administration is the final determination on hair length. Young men must
be clean-shaven and shall not wear beards or mustaches. Sideburns are to be no longer than the bottom of the
Earrings or other body piercing are not to be worn, on or off campus. The only exception applies to girls who
may wear an earring in their ear lobes. Gauged ears are not permitted for any students. No permanent tattoos
are permitted. Temporary tattoos are only permitted on special occasions with prior approval by
administration. No student enrolled at SJCA, whether during the school year or during any break including
summer vacation, shall receive a tattoo, body piercing, or earring (excluding ear lobe for girls).
Dress for Formal Events:
Garments worn to formal events (such as homecoming, JR/SR formal and the SJCA sports Banquet) should
comply with the guidelines listed below. Prior administrative approval is encouraged and occasionally may
be required. If a student of SJCA invites a guest to a SJCA event, the student will be responsible to make
sure their guest is aware of the guidelines.
Guidelines for formal attire for the young ladies are as follows:
• The back of the garment should not extend below the middle of the back. Additionally, there shall be
no other openings below this area.
• Garments must not have a deep dip v-neck.
• Garments should not expose cleavage or midriffs.
• Garments should be constructed of a material that is not clingy or see-through. Mesh and lace
material without an underlining is not permitted.
• Wraps are encouraged and may be worn provided they are not worn to cover clothing that does not
meet the established guidelines.
• Dresses, skirts, and slits in skirts may not be more than 2 inches above the top of the kneecap when
standing and must be modest when sitting.
• Shoes are required.
Guidelines for formal attire for the young men are as follows:
• Garments should be clean and neatly pressed.
• Dress shirts are required.
• Pants should be appropriately sized and not too baggy.
• Coats, ties, belts, and vests are appropriate.
• Closed-toed shoes are required.
Dress Code Compliance:
The dress code policy is designed to inform all families of the school dress code and appearance standards.
Lands' End is the designated provider of clothing with the exception of pants, capris and shorts, which may
come from either home or the Lands' End school website (see policy for more specific information). The
selection of available styles from the Lands’ End school website has been selected based on the needs of
students at various ages.
For a dress code policy to be effective every effort must be made by the student and the parent to comply
with school policy. Active parent participation is critical for the dress code to be successful. Teachers are to
immediately report any apparent violations to the school Administrator. If a violation occurs, or when the
Administrator deems necessary, the Administrator will notify the parent for immediate correction of the
problem. The student may be removed from class and allowed to return when in compliance with dress
code. A female teacher will address girls if the violation involves modesty. Chronic dress code violations
are considered rebellion. Repeated offenses of the dress code will result in more disciplinary action.
Absences due to non-compliance are considered unexcused; however, all missed class work is required to be made-up.