We believe that dress code should be proactive rather than reactive. Instead of creating a list of acceptable/unacceptable clothing, we operate on a system of principles that are designed to help shape students’ choices. While we encourage students to exercise freedom of conscience with regard to how they dress, we do ask that they operate within the following boundaries:
1. The Principle of Modesty
While we recognize that definitions of modesty vary greatly, for the sake of consistency we have adopted the following guideline: A student’s clothes should cover from shoulder to knee without being tight and/or distracting. Hair should be of a natural color and acceptable length.
2. The Principle of Functionality
Like most things in life, there is a time and a place for everything. Clothing is no exception to this rule. School is considered a business casual environment, and clothing should be neat, clean and appropriate for the occasion. Clothing should be in good repair.
3. The Principle of Unity
As Christians, we are part of a greater body. The choices that I make influence the people that share my community. If my clothing choices are creating an offense for the people around me, I must be willing to change my pattern of behavior for the greater good of the body. While this is not always a “clear cut” principle, it is designed to create dialogue and communication within our community.
Our goal is to help students learn to make good decisions and prepare for future employment and ministry. A student’s heart-attitude typically dictates the success or failure of the dress code policy. As parents, we urge you to encourage your student(s) to operate within the umbrella of authority that God has placed over them.