dress code

Purpose: The purpose of the School Dress Code is to provide for the following

  • Foster Unity 
  • Encourage modesty 
  • Promote good behavior 
  • Safety 
  • Remove distractions from the learning environment 
  • Eliminate cliques formed solely on the basis of clothing and appearance

Dress Code adherence will be checked daily by mentors and administrators. Scholars are expected to remain in their School Uniforms and following the School Dress Code at all times while on campus, including before school and after school unless other permission is obtained from an administrator.  


Dress Code Standard: Neat, clean, and appropriate clothing.

  • No holes, tears, or stains 
  • No revealing of underwear 
  • No lace without lining 
  • No revealing of shoulders, midriffs, chest, or buttocks
  • No sheer clothing without lining 
  • No tight or form fitting clothing 
  • No logo larger than a quarter on any clothing including shoes 
  • No offensive or inappropriate symbols, wording, or designs

Special Accommodations: Accommodations regarding the School Uniform and School Dress Code may be granted for scholars and families who: 1) may be financially unable to provide the School Uniform; they may meet with a school administrator to discuss the options available.  2) Medical reasons; scholars must present a doctor’s note to a school administrator explaining the necessary modifications to the School Uniform and School Dress Code and the length of time the modification must be held. 

Concerns: Any School Uniform and/or School Dress Code concerns, petitions, feedback and/or grievances which would affect an individual scholar should be discussed with school administration.

Any School Uniform and/or School Dress Code concerns, petitions, feedback and/or grievances which would affect all scholars should be included in our parent/scholar surveys at the end of the year. This is the only format set aside for parents and scholars to express concerns and opinions regarding the School Uniform and School Dress Code as it pertains to the whole school. 

School Dances and Activities:  Modesty is a guiding principle of the Dress Code for all school dances and school activities. No inappropriate or immodest clothing, such as sleeveless, tight-fitting, and/or revealing attire etc. will be allowed at any school event. Dances may have specific dress instructions based on dance themes. Mentors or school administrators may also modify the dress code depending on specific school activities as determined.

Other School Events or Activities: Special class events: Occasionally scholars may have an activity such as a class presentation or mock interview etc. During these occasions, scholars may “dress-up” and change into other non-uniform clothing such as suits or dresses. Clothing must still meet school School Dress Code Standards.

Trips/Activities: Occasionally scholars may have an activity such as an outdoor service project or athletic activity etc. During these occasions, scholars may “dress-down” and change into other non-uniform clothing such as jeans or T-shirts. Clothing must still meet school School Dress Code Standards.

PE Classes: Scholars are to wear Paradigm-issued P.E. clothing for P.E. classes. P.E. Mentors may modify if necessary.