SJA Universal Dress Code

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The photos above show examples of students in acceptable dress code attire.



At St. Johnsbury Academy our dress code reflects a shared commitment to the full breadth and depth of our missions and values.


We understand a person’s clothing to be an indicator of self-respect, and respect for the larger community. Our dress code creates a culture of belonging and equity and creates an environment conducive to learning. Further, the dress code at St. Johnsbury Academy, much like our other policies, seeks to prepare our students for adulthood.


We ask students to consider their day and select clothing that is appropriate with the learning opportunities at hand. There will be days that we ask students to dress somewhat more formally, such as for their Capstone presentations and other school events, as they might dress for any other formal or special occasion. All clothing should be neat, clean, appropriate, free of holes, images, and words, not transparent, and in alignment with the following requirements: 



Dress pants (with or without pattern), khakis, or dress pants of a single color, or skirts (dresses and skirts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee) 


Dress shirts (with or without a tie or collar), polos, blouses, turtlenecks, and sweaters (button-down dress shirts need to be buttoned). All tops must have sleeves of some kind, cover the midriff, and have appropriate necklines. 


We expect that a student’s hair is a naturally occurring color, neat, clean, and kept out of their eyes. Facial hair is not permitted. 


A single nose piercing is allowed. Septum piercings, other facial piercings, and spacers are not allowed. 


All outerwear must be removed inside; these include hooded sweatshirts, crew neck sweatshirts and hats. 


The following items are not allowed: t-shirts, sweatpants, cargo pants, (pants with pockets on sides) shorts, yoga pants or athletic pants (sweatpants, dance pants with flair or bell bottoms with or without a print), blue jeans, flip flops, Crocs, and slippers. Leggings are permitted if worn under a dress-code appropriate dress or skirt.

Variety Days


If a day is designated a “Variety Day,” either to raise money for a cause or for any other reason, then all students may wear jeans and other casual clothes (still neat, clean and appropriate). On Variety Days, students may not wear pajama pants. Students may not wear leggings unless under a dress code appropriate dress or skirt.




It is expected that students will wear formal dress appropriate for the weekend of Commencement. This attire includes dress code appropriate attire or nicer. Students must wear a dress shoe or dress sandal. Facial hair is not allowed for Commencement activities.