Upper School Dress Code


In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to our educational and professional goals, our Dress Code requires appropriateness, neatness and modesty. Any student whose attire or appearance does not meet the expectations of the Upper School faculty and/or administration will not be permitted to attend class until he or she complies with the Dress Code. Students are expected to respond politely, positively, and immediately to any faculty, staff, or administration request to alter their outfit.

Daily Dress Code

  • Polo, oxford-style, or turtleneck shirts of an appropriate size and fit may be worn. Shirts may be short-sleeved, or long sleeved and must be of sufficient length to be tucked into pants, shorts, or a skirt. Oxford-style shirts must be worn buttoned. Sheer shirts are not in dress code.  Dresses that mimic the style of an approved shirt may be worn only if the skirt is an appropriate length (see below).   

  • Sweaters, sweatshirts, or jackets may be worn over an approved collared shirt during cold-weather seasons.

  • Sweatshirts may be plain or adorned with an appropriate college or Saint Stephen’s logo.

  • For girls, a collared business jacket may be worn over a blouse/top, as long as appropriate guidelines for modesty are followed.  Please refrain from cut-out (cold-shoulder style) sleeves or backs.  For example, a professional business jacket (blazer) may be worn over a blouse/top that covers the chest completely.  

  • For girls, hemmed pants, shorts, or skirts must be of appropriate length and fit. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must  be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap when measured while standing. Rompers (one-piece shorts outfits or similar) are not acceptable.

  • For boys, hemmed pants and shorts must be of appropriate length and fit. Shorts must be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap when measured while standing.

  • No undergarments or midriff should be visible in any standing or sitting position. All garments must be in good repair; holes, tears, or noticeable frays are unacceptable.

  • Leggings, footless tights, and skin-tight bottoms are not acceptable to wear to school, although they may be worn under an appropriate-length skirt or dress during cold weather.

  • Sweatpants, warm-up suits, tennis skirts, athletic shorts, yoga pants, and other athletic gear are unacceptable. Saint Stephen’s team jerseys that cover the shoulders may be worn on Friday spirit days only with acceptable-length skirts, shorts or pants.

  • Footwear must be in good repair. Students may not wear slippers or sliders to school.

  • Acceptable jewelry for piercings is limited to discreet earrings. Students may not wear any facial piercing (nose, eyebrow, lip, etc.).

  • Hair color must be in the natural range; brightly colored hair is not appropriate for our school environment.   


Professional Dress Days

Periodically, students will be asked to dress up for special occasions.  Professional dress is defined as clothing that is appropriate for a college/scholarship/job interview or other important professional event. In general, dress-up clothes need to be consistent with professional attire, rather than evening/party wear.  Students and families will be informed of these occasions in advance.  On these days:

  • Boys are expected to wear dress pants, dress belt, dress shirt, tie, dress socks, and dress shoes. Business jackets or blazers are recommended but not required.

  • Girls are expected to wear a dress suit, modest dress or a professional skirt or dress pants with a blouse. Hemlines should follow Dress Code guidelines (no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap when measured while standing).  Shoulders and chest must be completely covered.  A cardigan sweater or blazer must be worn over any bare shoulder top.

  • Rompers (one-piece shorts outfits or similar, whether dress or casual) are not acceptable.


Spirit Days

  • Every Friday is a Spirit Day throughout the entire school. Students may wear their class t-shirt; alternate Saint Stephen’s t-shirts may be worn with administrative approval. All other components of the Dress Code remain intact.


When a student is out of dress code, appropriate, clothes will be issued at school and the student account will be charged accordingly.  Students with repeated dress code violations will receive additional consequences.


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