Dress Code Policy
The GRACE dress code is designed to serve as a guide to parents and students on the proper attire for our students. The biblical principles of Christlikeness, modesty, purity, obedience and respect are the standards applied. As Christians, our goal is to glorify God in every thing and to be an example to those around us.
- “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31
- “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:12
- “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Clothing should be neat, modest, and appropriate. Clothing should be appropriately sized – not too small and not too large. A student should not be dressed in such a way as to draw attention to his/ her body, but to respect and honor God, themselves and others.
Parents and students have the primary responsibility to understand and adhere to the dress code. In all circumstances GRACE retains the final authority to determine, in its discretion, whether a student is in compliance with the dress code. If a dress code infraction pertains to modesty, the student will be required to change their attire or have a parent bring appropriate clothing to school. Students will remain in the office until dressed appropriately and any absences from class during this time will be considered unexcused absences. Each infraction will be handled as a disciplinary matter and formally documented in Renweb. Repeated infractions will be considered as defiance, therefore, three documented infractions will result in administrative detention. Cross-gender dressing will not be allowed under any circumstances. The administration reserves the right to amend the dress code as needed to address new fads and styles.
The GRACE dress code is designed to serve as a guide to students and their parents on the proper attire for our student body. Knowing how to present oneself properly within the school community prepares students for future professional environments. Our desire is to partner with families to instill this important life skill.
Guidelines for All GRACE Students
A young lady or gentleman should be dressed in such a way to respect and honor God, themselves and others. Clothing should be neat, modest, and appropriate.
Supervising teachers may designate a specific dress code for field trips or special events with administration approval. Otherwise students are expected to be in school dress code, including exam days and while on campus before and after school.
Every Friday shall be set aside as a “GRACE Day” and the first Monday of each month shall be set aside as a “Senior Dress Down Day”, unless otherwise designated by the administration. Guidelines for these special dress days are outlined in the following GRACE Dress Code.
Dress Code Standards for both Ladies and Gentlemen:
- Students are to be neat and well-groomed. All attire must be clean, modest, and appropriately sized – not too small or tight and not too large.
- Tops must be long enough to cover midriff and bottoms must fit appropriately at the waistline.
- Tops such as collared shirts or plain sweatshirts may have small pocket-sized logos. Brand names, logos, or graphics bigger than the palm of one’s hand are not proper classroom attire.
- GRACE t-shirts may be worn on any day – These include GCS spirit wear, GCS sports teams & conference championship shirts, GCS worship team shirts, GCS missions trip shirts, GCS theater shirts, GCS club shirts and GCS chapel shirts.
- Excludes non-GRACE t-shirts
- Excludes undershirts and tank tops.
- Sweatshirts (plain sweatshirts, GRACE sweatshirts, collegiate sweatshirts, appropriate military sweatshirts) may be worn on any day.
- Professional sports team sweatshirts and sweatshirts from other high schools are not proper classroom attire.
- Inappropriate writing and large logos are not proper classroom attire.
- Sweatpants, athletic pants, yoga pants, spandex leggings, flannel pajamas, jeans or athletic shorts are not appropriate classroom attire with the following exception: Jeans may be worn on GRACE days. Frayed and torn jeans are not proper classroom attire.
- Shoes should be worn at all times
- Plastic shoes such as athletic slides and flip flops are not appropriate
- Shoes should have less than a 3” heel
- Middle and high school students may wear sandals and leather flip-flops
- Elementary school students must have heel straps or closed backs
- Visible tattoos are not appropriate in the school environment
- Head coverings such as hats, scarves, and hoods (sweatshirts with hoods may be worn, but the hood may not be worn in the building), are not appropriate in the school environment
- Sunglasses may only be worn in the case of a medical need
- No cross-gender dressing is permitted within the GRACE Christian School community
- GRACE DAYS: On GRACE Days, students may wear jeans (not frayed or torn) and a GRACE t-shirt or sweatshirt. Students not in GRACE wear should be in regular dress code attire.
- KINDERGARTEN: The change of clothes kept at school must be dress code appropriate.
- SENIORS: Senior Dress Down days consist of GRACE approved jeans, and appropriate collegiate tops (t-shirts or sweatshirts).
Dress Code for Ladies
In addition to the Dress Code Standards for Ladies and Gentlemen above, ladies should follow the following guidelines.
- Necklines on dress code tops (including dresses) cannot be more than 3” below the collarbone
- Tops must have at least short sleeves and cannot show undergarments or come off the shoulder. Tank tops and cropped tops are not appropriate classroom attire.
- Tops must be opaque (no sheer or ultra-thin fabrics), may be plain or patterned, and may have small logos, graphics or monograms
- Pants must be loose fitting. Acceptable pants can be straight, boot cut, flare, trouser cut, as well as loose fitting dress pants.
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 4” above the crease at back of the knee. Leggings may only be worn under a dress code length skirt/dress.
- Note: Long shirts are not dresses.
- For uneven hemlines, the shortest part of the hemline may be no more than 4” above the middle of the knee. Fabrics may not be sheer unless an appropriate slip is worn underneath, no undergarments or outline may show.
- Makeup and hair color should look natural
- Only pierced ear jewelry is appropriate for the classroom environment
Dress Code for Gentlemen
In addition to the Dress Code Standards for Ladies and Gentlemen above, gentlemen should follow the following guidelines.
- Tops (collared or non-collared) must be neat, appropriate sized, and have at least short sleeves. Tank tops and cropped tops are not appropriate classroom attire.
- Elementary Students: non-collared shirts may be plain, patterned or GRACE spirit wear.
- Middle & High School Students: non-collared shirts may be GRACE spirit wear only.
- Collared shirts must be appropriately sized so that they remain tucked in at all times. Non-collared shirts do not need to be tucked in.
- Casual pants such as khaki and cargo style, or dress slacks must be appropriately sized and sit securely at the waist. Belts should be used if needed to satisfy this requirement.
- Belts should always be worn when wearing a collared shirt.
- Note: TK-2nd grade are not required to wear a belt.
- Shorts must be no more than 4” above the crease at back of the knee.
- No body piercings
- Appropriately sized necklaces are permitted in the school environment
- Face must be clean shaven (sideburns no longer than the bottom of the ear)
- Hair should not cover eyes and at its longest point hair must be above the collar