Our School Administrators identified some areas of the dress code that could benefit from clarifying language. A summary of the changes are listed here and the updated language is available on the website and in the handbook.
22-23 Updated Dress Code Policy
The primary purpose of the Prospect Ridge Academy dress code is to create a professional, safe, and respectful community where students can place their sole focus on learning.
The dress code is in effect from the start of the school day until students have completed all their activities for the day and have left the building. The Prospect Ridge Academy dress code will be strictly enforced. Students out of dress code will be asked to change into dress code clothes that the school provides.
Parents/students accept this Dress Code as a condition of attending PRA and will not argue its points with PRA Administration and staff. PRA Administration will determine whether a student is in compliance with the Dress Code. Parents/students recognize that PRA Administration may send a student home if the student’s appearance is not in compliance with the Dress Code or if the student appearance is inappropriate or distracting. Parents/students further understand that continued non- compliance of the Dress Code may result in disciplinary action.
K-8 Dress Code
K8 Dress Code
- Students may wear any solid color shirt (no patterns) with collar and sleeves. The only allowable logo is a PRA logo, but it is optional.
- Students may wear any solid color sweater, including cardigans, pullovers or sweater vests, over an approved collared shirt.
- All shirts should hang loosely and must cover the bottom of the waistband of the lower garment.
- Dress shirts are to be tucked in (straight-hemmed shirts need not be tucked in).
Pants and Shorts
- Students may wear khaki- style pants or shorts in colors of khaki, navy, gray or black that hang from the waist with no undergarments showing.
- Shorts must fall no higher than three (3) inches above the knee.
- Leggings are permitted only under skirts, dresses, or jumpers.
- Sweat pants, yoga pants, and athletic pants are permitted only during physical education (PE) and on PRA spirit days.
Skirts, Skorts, Dresses, and Jumpers
- Students may wear khaki, navy, gray or black skirts, skorts, or jumpers.
- Students may wear any solid color polo dress with sleeves or a sleeveless dress covered with an approved sweater.
- Dresses and jumpers must fall no higher than three (3) inches above the knee.
- Skirts and skorts must hang from the waist and fall no higher than three (3) inches above the knee.
Hats, Outerwear, and Accessories
- Hats of any kind (including visors), hoods, bandanas, outerwear and sunglasses or any items that conceal a student’s identity cannot be worn in school at any time.
- Accessories that pose a safety risk, such as spikes and chains, are not permitted.
- Belts are optional.
- Ties are optional.
- Hair should be neat and clean and must be of natural tones. Extreme hairstyles (such as mohawks) are not acceptable.
- Shoes are to fully enclose the feet; no open-toed, sling-backed or barebacked shoes.
- NOT PERMITTED: shoes with built-in wheels.
High School Dress Code
High School Dress Code
- Any clothing or other items that promotes violence, gangs, drug use, tobacco or alcohol products, or displays obscene messages/images will not be permitted.
- Fabric for all clothing must be opaque (not see-through). Distressed clothing will not be permitted.
- Clothing must not have graphics, including text.
- Athletic shorts, track or sweat pants, and tank tops will not be permitted except during PE classes.
- Closed-toe footwear must be worn at all times.
- Hoods, sunglasses, bandanas or any items that conceal a student’s identity CANNOT be worn in school at any time. Coats CANNOT be carried or draped over arms.
- Students shall wear shirts that allow for participation in campus events. This includes collared shirts, blouses, business casual tops, solid-color T-shirts, and PRA spirit wear/college wear.
- The student’s chest and torso must be covered.
- Students shall wear bottoms including pants, skirts and shorts that are in good condition, free of rips and tears, and cover undergarments.
- The hem of shorts and skirts must fall below the fingertips when the arms are resting at the student’s side - this includes uneven edged garments.
- Leggings and tights may only be worn underneath skirts or dresses that meet the above guidelines
- Students may wear dresses that follow the above parameters in terms of length and coverage.
Outerwear - Sweaters/Sweatshirts
- PRA spirit wear or college wear sweaters and sweatshirts shall be permitted.
Outerwear - Jackets
- Jackets must be left in lockers with the exception of PRA letterman jackets, denim jackets, and PRA spirit-color or college wear hoodies.
Spirit Day Dress Code K-12
There are two types of spirit days at PRA:
Student Council “theme” days
- Student Council will determine a theme. Past themes include:
crazy hair, Hawaiian, ’80’s, superhero, etc. On those theme days, students may dress according to the theme; participation is optional. If they choose not to participate, they must be wearing Dress Code-compliant clothing. Some of these special spirit days are $1 for students to participate. Money raised goes toward groups’ activities, charities, and our sponsorship of a student in Africa.
PRA Spirit Days
- School spirit is celebrated on PRA spirit days. Attire is PRA spirit wear. If students do not own any spirit wear, they may wear solid yellow and black colors. Articles of clothing with logos, emblems, words, etc., that are not related to PRA are not considered acceptable spirit wear. For instance, Batman is yellow and black but is not considered PRA spirit wear. Because PRA is a college preparatory school, college spirit wear is acceptable on spirit days. It must be evident college spirit wear. Jeans (K-8) and athletic wear (athletic shorts/pants, yoga pants) (K-12) are permitted on Spirit Days only.
- All clothing must be neat, clean, and in good repair and without holes and frays.
- Anything with words or images of violence, death or suggestive behavior is not acceptable.
- Undergarments should not be visible.
- Clothing that is too short, too tight, or too revealing is not acceptable.
- Parents and students are expected to use their best judgment regarding jewelry and make-up.
- Students are expected to remain in dress code during lunch. Prepare accordingly by bringing a jacket or coat that meets dress code.