Dress Code Policies
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Elementary Dress Code Policy
The purpose of Scottsdale Christian Academy is to glorify God by providing a Christ-centered, excellent academic program. The school deals with the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – interweaving moral and spiritual values throughout the academic program. Christian education involves the whole person; therefore, it is desirable that all elements, which bear on the education of a child, be consistent and properly reinforce one another.
SCA endeavors to promote excellence in all areas of education – including dress. The focus of our students and faculty is to foster academic excellence, the formulation of Christian character and training “lifelong learners walking with Jesus.” To accomplish these purposes, careful consideration has been given to the formulation of the Dress Standard Policy. SCA students are expected to live and conduct themselves in a manner that is pleasing to god and glorifying to the name of Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:11-12).
A benefit of the dress standard is the atmosphere created by well-dressed young people and teachers in the classroom setting and on campus. We have found it is generally true that children and young people in play clothes will tend to play; children dressed in clean, neat clothes will most likely behave in a way, which corresponds with their attire. Our desire is to eliminate casualness in the classroom and replace it with an atmosphere that is more conducive to learning.
The cooperation of STUDENTS, PARENTS, and TEACHERS is necessary to maintain the dress standard. It is very important that the dress standard is accepted fully and is enforced consistently. Enforcing the dress standard is not the sole responsibility of the school. Parents are expected to cooperate with the school in monitoring their child’s daily attire.
If, in the opinion of the administration, the attire is immodest or inappropriate, corrective action will be taken. The administration has the discretion to not allow anything relating to dress or appearance of a student not specifically mentioned in this policy and considered inconsistent with school policy. CLOTHING THAT DOES NOT MEET DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING SENT HOME WITH AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. Extreme fads will not be allowed. (It must be understood that hair, clothes, and jewelry styles that are clearly identified with a segment of culture, which is unwholesome or ungodly will not be allowed.)
SCA students (K-12) must wear the prescribed standard attire clothing available through Dennis Uniform Company. Information on placing orders is available through the school offices and on the website. (Please note that Pre-Kindergarten students are not required to wear standard attire.)
Solid color polo-type shirts may be purchased from any vendor, but only the following colors may be worn: red, white, navy blue, light blue, pink and hunter green.
Students are not required to tuck in their shirts. Untucked shirts must be neat, straight across the bottom, and must not reveal midriffs or undergarments. Any garment worn under the outer polo must be tucked in at all times.
Undergarments and/or midriffs must not be visible.
Students may wear approved spirit/SCA special event shirts on approved spirit days.
No printing of any kind should be visible on or through clothing. Solid white, navy or red t-shirts or long sleeved shirts under short sleeved shirts are permissible.
Students are expected to purchase navy logo shirts to be worn on field trips, for special events, etc.
Shorts and long pants must be navy or khaki but may be purchased from any vendor as long as they conform to SCA dress code regulations.
Female students may wear solid colored shorts under skirts as long as the hem does not go below the hem of the skirts.
Pants and shorts must be worn above the hip bone and must not be greatly oversized.
For field trips, teachers will use their discretion regarding whether students should wear uniform bottoms or jeans.
The official plaid for the elementary school is the Hamilton plaid (primarily red and blue). Plaids allowed in previous years may no longer be worn. In addition to these plaid items, all navy and khaki skirts, jumpers and skorts must be purchased from Dennis Uniform Company, our SCA Store, or a vendor selling used Dennis uniforms.
Skirts, skorts and shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
Jackets must be cardigan or zip front style and must be solid (one color) either Navy Blue or Red. Any logo on the jacket may not be any larger than a 2 inch square.
The only pullover outerwear allowed is a logo sweatshirt purchased from the Dennis Uniform Store, our SCA Store or a vendor selling used Dennis uniforms.
All outerwear (jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts) must be solid (one color) navy, red, or white and may be purchased from any vendor.
Any logo on outerwear may not be larger than a 2 inch square.
If shirts are tucked in, students must wear belts with any pants or shorts that have belt loops.
Shoes must be tennis shoes, laced up and tied (P.E. appropriate), closed toed shoes or back strapped sandals.
Shoe heels must not exceed 2 inches in height.
Socks may be any solid color.
Girls may wear any solid color tights or leggings under skirts, skorts, and jumpers.
Jewelry with pagan religions, occult, or new age symbolism is not permissible.
Pierced ears are permissible for girls only. No other piercing is allowed.
Boys are not allowed to wear studded bracelets, etc.
Tattoos must be covered at all times.
Pocket chains are not permissible.
Elementary students may wear hats (with bill facing forward) and sunglasses outside, but these items may be confiscated if worn indoors anywhere on campus.
Any clothing, book bags, hats, belt buckles, notebooks, jewelry or other paraphernalia with sexual innuendo, inappropriate messages or pictures, rebellious stunts, occult symbols, alcohol, beer, drugs/substance abuse or other questionable pictures which draw attention to one’s self are not allowed.
Hair should look neat and natural and be styled with an emphasis on cleanliness and moderation.
Hair styles or hair colors that draw undue attention to one’s self are not allowed.
Boys’ hair should not extend below the middle of the ear, over the eyebrows or onto the collar.
Elementary students are not allowed to wear make-up.
Uniforms must be worn on campus during school hours. Any exceptions must be approved by the principal.
Girl and Boy Scout uniforms are permissible on days of troop meetings.
Wearing uniforms to Parent Teacher Conferences is required for 5th grade students. Shirts should be tucked in and all other dress code policies should be followed.
Students not complying with dress code policies (after one warning) will be sent to the office and parents will be required to bring appropriate clothing before student may return to class.
Middle / High School Dress Code Policy
The following SCA dress code standards have been developed with prayerful consideration and input from several school constituencies, including student leaders. The standards, reflecting SCA's goals of neatness, modesty, and a high degree of uniformity, are reasonable and will be enforced as written. Any possible dress code option other than those specifically detailed in this code may only be approved by prior approval of the Middle School or High School Principal. Remember---ask before you assume!
Polo shirt colors are limited to red, white, navy blue, light blue, hunter green, or black. Un-tucked shirts must be neat, straight across the bottom, and must not reveal midriffs or undergarments.
- Any garment worn under the outer polo must be tucked in at all times.
- Shirts may have a logo on the front, but it must not be larger than a 2-inch square.
Collegiate wear, Mission shirts, SCA spirit shirts or Fine Arts shirts may be worn on Fridays.
- Custom polo shirts (e.g., SCA basketball team shirts) that contain markings other than the approved logos require permission from the Middle School or High School Principal.
Pants/shorts are to be worn at the level that meets the SCA standard of neatness and modesty (e.g., at hip level). A belt may be needed to accomplish this.
Approved colors of pants/shorts are black, khaki, navy or gray and may be purchased from any vendor if the colors and styles match the SCA standard and Dennis style.
Girls' shorts must be no more than 4 inches above the top of the knee.
Approved skort colors are black, khaki, or navy and must be purchased from the Dennis Uniform Store and be no more than 4 inches above the top of the knee.
Approved skirt colors are black, khaki or navy.
Plaid skirts for grades 6-8 must only be Liberty plaid.
Plaid skirts for grades 9-12 must only be Marymount plaid.
All skirts must be purchased from the Dennis Uniform Store and must be no more than 4 inches above the top of the knee.
Shoes must be worn at all times.
No slippers or similar type shoes are allowed. Feet must be protected by a hard rubber sole. If in doubt as to whether the shoes are appropriate, please ask.
In terms of all outerwear (jackets, sweaters, pullover/cardigan sweatshirts), they must comply with SCA standards related to solid colors - red, white, navy blue or black. Any logos on the front of the outerwear must not be larger than a 2-inch square.
Pullover sweatshirts and team/club sweatshirts that are approved by administration may be worn over a polo shirt. All team wear and printing must be of SCA school colors.
SCA letter jackets may be worn.
Hair should be neat, clean, above the collar in the back, above the eyebrows, and no longer on the side than the middle of the ear. Any hair style considered inappropriate by the Middle School Principal, Dean of Students, or any member of the High School Leadership Team (HSLT) will not be permitted.
- Hair should be of its natural color.
- Hair style, even if it conforms to the above regulations, must not be distracting in its appearance.
- Boys are to be clean shaven (no beards or mustaches) and sideburns are to be kept no longer than the bottom of the ear.
Hair should be neat, clean, natural in its color, and not distracting in its style. Any hair style considered inappropriate by the Middle School Principal, Dean of Students, or any member of the High School Leadership Team (HSLT) will not be permitted.
The only piercings allowed are pierced ears for girls.
No pagan, occult or New Age symbols are allowed (peace signs, ankhs, crystals, yin yangs).
Excessive ornamentation (e.g., pocket chains, distracting necklaces, etc.) is not allowed.
Students must not wear items with symbols of rock bands, sexual innuendo, inappropriate messages or pictures, rebellious stunts, occult symbols, alcohol, drugs/substance abuse or other questionable pictures.
- Students must not have visible tattoos or drawings on skin.
- Hats may be worn (bill facing forward) before or after school hours.
Jeans and administration-approved spirit-wear or senior shirts may be worn on Fridays.
Ordering DENNIS Uniforms
There are 4 ways to order uniforms:
Visit www.dennisuniform.com, our official retailer for school uniforms in the valley, and enter the following code or school name to view SCA uniform choices:|
|Click the links below to go directly to each schools options:
Elementary School code: QAC
Middle School code: QAD
High School code: QAB
Phone 1-800-854-6951 and a customer service rep will place your order.
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