Dress Code

An essential part of the Academy’s mission is to teach and foster mutual respect. Mutual respect, as a central value embedded in the school’s culture, is one that we as a community strive to model and that we view as the foundation of civilized society.


Respect is woven into the fabric of our community at the Academy. It colors our lives in many ways. Respect for tradition, respect for ourselves, and respect for others all influence the language we use, the ways in which we behave with and toward each other, and the way we look and dress.


Since society requires of all who appear in public, dress of some kind, there is no such thing as no dress code, merely varying standards of dress. The Trustees, the administration, the faculty, and the majority of our students, parents, and alumni agree that we should require our students to dress in ways that reflect the seriousness of our shared purpose here at the school.


All dress codes are to some degree arbitrary. We have the standards for preferred attire that we do because we believe that it helps us to visibly express that which we value — self-respect, respect for others, and respect for learning as a serious pursuit. We expect of our students nothing less than dress and personal hygiene which reflect these values.


We believe that the way a person acts is related to the way a person dresses. We impose a stricter standard of dress upon our students than they might upon themselves — from 7:55 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon — to underline our seriousness of shared purpose here and to foster the feeling of belonging to a larger community.


The standard or model for preferred attire at the Academy shall be that which is worn, or would be worn, by the Academy faculty. Teachers’ and administrators’ clothing will be appropriate for the workplace and professional in appearance.


If there is doubt about attire, you should err on the conservative side. If doubt persists, the Assistant Head for Campus Life, the Dean of Students, the Class Dean, or their designees, will make a judgment. That judgment will be final. In those cases where there is clear or continued violation of our dress standards, penalties may range from being sent home to change, to community service or suspension.

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Tops: Collared shirts are required at all times for females. A collared shirt must be worn under all sweaters, sweatshirts, or blazers. Shirts should be buttoned up to the second button and show a modest neckline. Shirts must be of appropriate fit, covering the lower back and entire shoulders. Shirts should be made to be tucked in. No turtlenecks.


Bottoms: Skirts must be worn at the waist and be of appropriate fit and length (knee length). Full-length dress pants are also permitted. Solid color, ankle length leggings are appropriate if worn under a dress or a skirt. Dresses or jumpers, which are of appropriate length (knee length), are acceptable.


Footwear: Dress sandals, sneakers, casual dress shoes, semi-formal footwear, and footwear designed for harsh weather are acceptable.


Outerwear: Sweaters, vests, and jackets of appropriate fit and length are permitted, as are sweatshirts without hoods. No logos other than the SJA logo are permitted.


Hair: Should be a natural color and should be worn in a neat and appropriate fashion.


Jewelry: Earrings — no spacers, nose rings must be a clear stud with no exceptions



Tops: Oxford shirts with collars and sleeves are acceptable and must be worn tucked in. Ties are required and must be dress ties, (includes bow ties). They must be properly tied, pulled up, and visible. Ties may not have distracting colors or designs.


Bottoms: Dress slacks and pants which are worn at the waist with a belt (other than jeans or jeans-style) are permitted.


Footwear: Dress sandals, sneakers, casual dress shoes, semi-formal footwear, and footwear designed for harsh weather are acceptable.


Outerwear: Sweaters, vests, and jackets of appropriate fit and length are permitted, as are sweatshirts without hoods. No logos other than the SJA logo are permitted.


Hair: Should be a natural color and trimmed so as to be above the collar, ears, and eyes. Men should be clean shaven with sideburns no longer than the bottom of the ear.



Certain Fridays will be announced as Gear Days. On these days, student are permitted to wear an SJA polo or designated t-shirt to participate in the whole school spirit days. Items that are appropriate for these days are sold in the school store. Students need to wear dress code appropriate bottoms on Gear Days.




It is expected that Variety Clothes Days will occur frequently and that nominal fees will be associated with the privilege of wearing casual attire. The fees will be collected for various charities. On casual days, jeans worn above the hips are permitted, as are tee-shirts which conform to our standards of modesty and decency. No spandex/yoga pants permitted. No short shorts or clothing with holes in them is permitted. Casual footwear will be permitted on casual days. Variety Clothes Days are NOT costume days. Piercing rules are still in effect for Variety Clothing Days – clear studs only and no spacers. Shaving rules are still in effect.




All clothing must be in good repair, must fit properly, and no undergarments can be revealed.


Clothing must be of styles made for dress or casual wear (not athletic attire like nylon shorts or sweat suits, nor “work” clothing such as camouflage or overalls). Cargo pants, Carhartts, and similar styles with oversized pockets are also not appropriate.


Brand names, writing, or insignias should be small and unobtrusive. Clothing and accessories must be free of any profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate messages or symbols.


“Rolling under” the hem of a garment is not permitted.



In order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy school community it is imperative that, along with frequent hand washing and proper social distancing, everyone wear an effective and properly fitting face mask. The following pertains to faculty/staff and students in campus buildings or outside when proper social distancing is not possible. Other guidelines may be in effect for sports or other extracurricular activities.


Mask requirements: A well secured solid color or print pattern cloth mask that fits snugly against the face and covers an individual’s nose and mouth. It must be made of a material that prevents the discharge of respiratory droplets from a person’s nose or mouth.


Acceptable masks: KN-95, N95 masks Medical/Procedural (3-ply disposable) masks Commercial or Home-made 2-ply cotton cloth masks.


Not allowed: Face coverings with exhaust valves Bandanas, gaiters, buffs. Face coverings with materials such as mesh or lace fabrics Face coverings that do not cover the face and mouth. Face coverings that cover the entirety of the face and forehead. Face coverings with logos (except for the SJA logo), slogans, flags, or any other type of messaging.