Universal Dress Code



Our goal is for the Academy’s dress code to reflect the full breadth of our mission and values, and contribute to creating a culture of belonging and equity while urging students to take pride in the school and themselves. We wish for students:


  • to have respect for themselves and others, and for the business of learning;
  • we wish to prepare students to dress for the work of adult life, recognizing that there are multiple versions of “professionalism;”
  • we wish students to know that they belong in our community, no matter their shape, size, race, gender, religion, culture, or socio-economic status;
  • and we wish students to take ownership of their community and its well-being, comfort, safety, and respect for all.


To achieve these goals, we believe we should offer our students options for acceptable dress during the school day by making our dress code universal, and not based on gender. Instead, we use the standard of “neat, clean, and appropriate” for all attire.

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

We expect students to look tidy and maintain a standard of dress in keeping with the tradition of the Academy, so we will not allow T-shirts, blue jeans, leggings, cargo pants, shorts, or sweatpants. We will expect clothes to be clean, not ripped or torn, not transparent, and free of words or images.


Daily Dress Code


Tops: Dress shirts (with or without tie or collar), polos, blouses, turtlenecks, or sweaters. 

  1. Shirts with a flat bottom hem may be worn untucked. Dress shirts with visible tails should be neatly tucked in.
  2. Hooded sweatshirts may be worn as outerwear but must be removed inside.
  3. Tops should have sleeves and cover the midriff.
  4. Non-hooded sweatshirts can be worn indoors as a second layer as long as the logo is either SJA or 2×2 inches in size. 


Bottoms: Dress pants, skirts, or dresses. 


Skirts and dresses should be of appropriate length—not above mid-thigh


Hair: Hair length is not restricted by gender, but hair should be of natural color, neat, clean, and out of the eyes. Facial hair is not permitted. 


Jewelry: Jewelry (including earrings) will not be restricted by gender, face piercings (including nose rings) and spacers are not allowed. 


Hats must be removed inside. 


Task-appropriate clothing needed to conduct certain educational courses may be worn only during the meeting times of those courses. 

Gear Days


If a day is designated a “Gear Day,” or if a certain activity is designated “gear day dress code,” all students should wear:


Tops: Visible SJA gear of any kind, including polo shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or jackets.


Bottoms: Daily dress code


If not wearing SJA gear, the daily dress code applies.


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).


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.