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DRESS CODE

“Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

“to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly…as befits a woman making a claim to godliness.” (I Timothy 2:9-10)

OakTree Academy’s dress code is intended to give a concrete, practical witness to the school’s commitment to fulfill its stated aims to honor God. Our goal is to provide a learning environment where all students can concentrate and focus easily without being distracted by dress. Our dress code is designed to encourage modesty, decency and propriety. The dress code discourages the use of clothing as a significant means of establishing self-identity, gaining attention or social status. Our responsibility is to reflect Christ and draw attention to Him rather than to ourselves. Whether we are male or female, our moderation and humility in dress—as part of our behavior—is intended to bring glory to God. Because of this, we must take great care that we do not take glory in the way that we dress. Specifically, we must make sure that our dress is not chosen with the intention of drawing attention to ourselves. Such foolishness directs attention away from God. This directive is usually aimed at teaching our young women to dress modestly, but our young men need to also consider modesty and humility in clothing.

The dress code has been streamlined with input from students, parents, faculty and other Christian schools in order to maximize efficiency and minimize confusion. Please remember that we are an academic institution and many of our requirements are not directly connected with godliness, but are simply our guidelines for good marketplace standards. The following standards have been developed through experience and through the need to “parent” more than a hundred students at once. We appreciate your support as parents and students in obeying God by submitting to our dress code. Your obedience and faithfulness allow our teachers and administration to spend less time on “policing” student dress and more time on positive relational interaction and more focus on educational and extracurricular activities.

Students and parents are encouraged to comply cheerfully with guidelines so that we all may move on together, not majoring on the minor things, but working together to explore all that God has planned for each of us. Appropriate student dress is the responsibility of the parents. The dress code will be followed at all times while on campus or at any OakTree Academy function.

According to the discretion of our school administration, if a student is deemed inappropriately dressed, parents will be notified and asked to remedy this immediately either by picking them up, bringing them appropriate clothing, or in some cases staff may be able help by providing appropriate spirit wear clothing to rectify the dress code issue.

Female Students

Pants and Shorts

  • Dress pants and jeans are acceptable, but may not be low fitting, torn, frayed, have holes, ripped or cut seams, be excessively tight or loose, have patches, or drag the floor. All pants must be hemmed.
  • The current style of skinny jeans is allowed if fitted properly and must have a waistband that fastens with a button or snaps and must have a zipper.
  • If leggings or spandex are worn, they must be a heavier weight, opaque and worn with a top, dress or skirt that covers the butt.
  • Proper fitting shorts and capris are permitted, but shorts should come no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. No cut-offs or rolled up pants/jeans.
  • Sweatpants are not permitted at any time.
  • Sleepwear is not permitted at any time.
  • No undergarments may be showing at anytime.

Skirts and Dresses

  • Skirts and dresses are not to be tight, form fitting, or revealing and be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.  Any skirt or dress shorter than that must be worn with leggings or spandex.
  • Sleeveless or low cut dresses are not permitted.

Shirts

  • Shirts must not be tight, form fitting, revealing, or midriff bearing. Absolutely no cleavage or midriffs showing, notably when arms are raised. Bras (including sports bras) should not be shown.
  • Tops must be sleeved garments with no shoulders (No “cold shoulder” style allowed).
  • Tailored t-shirts and collared shirts are recommended.
  • No spaghetti-strap tanks or camisoles worn alone. Camisoles are considered an undergarment and cannot be exposed under open shirts or sweaters. We have had too many issues of camisoles being too low and needing to be constantly pulled up. (They can be worn under a shirt or sweater.)
  • No t-shirts with inappropriate writing, phrases, pictures, logos, descriptions, decorations, or emblems.

Outerwear

  • Sweaters, jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts are permitted, but must not have inappropriate writing, phrases, pictures, logos, descriptions, decorations, or emblems.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and shirts cannot be tied around the waist in lieu of a top of appropriate length.

Accessories

  • No hats, sunglasses, hoods, or head coverings of any kind are allowed to be worn in the building.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times; sandals are permitted.
  • No Heelies or bedroom slippers permitted.
  • No outlandish jewelry, specifically any excessive body piercing, dog collars or chains, no jewelry bearing inappropriate images.

Hair

Hair must be clean and neat in appearance. All unique styles, unusual colors, or extreme cuts are subject to administrative approval. Some unnatural hair color accents will most likely be allowed but bold unnatural colors should be avoided for entire head. The best policy is to get pre-approval from school administration before dying your hair, otherwise you run the risk of being asked to dye your hair back before being allowed to attend classes. Administration reserves the right to deem what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

Tattoos

Tattoos are often a controversial topic for Christians and we want to be sensitive to all students and faculty that attend Oaktree Academy. Some students and teachers come into the academy with pre-existing tattoos so we want to establish some guidelines. Certain tattoos are allowed to be visible depending on what the tattoo is. Any tattoo that goes against the philosophy of the school or what the school stands for must be covered up. If students do not follow school directives to cover up certain tattoos they will be dealt with on an individual basis and suspension or expulsion may occur. Administration reserves the right to deem what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

 

Male Students

Pants

  • Pants must be worn at the waistline and be appropriately sized.
  • Dress pants and jeans are acceptable, but may not be torn, frayed, have holes, ripped or cut seams, drag the floor, be excessively tight or too loose, and they must be hemmed with no patches.
  • Sweatpants or spandex are not permitted at anytime.
  • Proper fitting shorts are permitted, but must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee or below. No cut-offs or rolled up pants/jeans.
  • Sleepwear is not permitted.
  • No undergarments may be showing at anytime.

Shirts

  • Tailored t-shirts and collared shirts are recommended.
  • White undershirts and tank tops are not permitted.
  • No shirts or t-shirts with inappropriate writing, phrases, pictures, logos, descriptions, decorations, or emblems.

Outerwear

  • Sweaters, jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts are permitted, but must not have inappropriate writing, phrases, pictures, logos, descriptions, decorations, or emblems. When in school no hoods should be covering your head.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and shirts cannot be tied around the waist in lieu of a top of appropriate length.

Accessories

  • No hats, sunglasses, hoods, or head covering of any kind are allowed to be worn in the building.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals are permitted.
  • No Heelies or bedroom slippers permitted.
  • No outlandish jewelry, specifically any excessive body piercing, dog collars or chains, or any jewelry bearing inappropriate images.

Hair

Hair must be clean and neat in appearance. All unique styles, unusual colors, or extreme cuts are subject to administrative approval. Some unnatural hair color accents will most likely be allowed but bold unnatural colors should be avoided for entire head. The best policy is to get pre-approval from school administration before dying your hair, otherwise you run the risk of being asked to dye your hair back before being allowed to attend classes. Administration reserves the right to deem what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

Tattoos

Tattoos are often a controversial topic for Christians and we want to be sensitive to all students and faculty that attend Oaktree Academy. Some teachers and students come into the academy with pre-existing tattoos so we want to establish some guidelines. Certain tattoos are allowed to be visible depending on what the tattoo is. Any tattoo that goes against the philosophy of the school or what the school stands for must be covered up. If students do not follow school directives to cover up certain tattoos they will be dealt with on an individual basis and suspension or expulsion may occur. Administration reserves the rights to deem what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

 

Note:

OakTree Academy reserves the right to make decisions on what is appropriate and what isn’t. When in doubt, choose not to wear articles of clothing that are questionable. If dress code violations continue to be a problem with a student despite attempts to correct behavior, further action will be taken by Administration that may result in suspension or expulsion from the Academy.