Dress Code

Providence Preparatory Academy’s dress code is intended to reflect the school's stated aims to honor God and disciple students. It is designed to encourage modesty, decency, and propriety and to de-emphasize the use of clothing as a significant means of establishing self-identity or gaining attention or social status (Matt. 6:28-34; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; 1 Peter 3:2-4; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10; James 2:1-5).

Student Uniform

General Guidelines

  • Uniform should be neat, clean, and not torn. It should fit properly, not tight or loose, and be of modest length.
  • Visible undershirts should be solid white, gray or black.
  • Undergarments must not be visible.
  • Students in 5th grade and above are permitted to change for PE. Providence t-shirts and athletic shorts or pants are acceptable.
  • Providence attire (either PPA t-shirts, sweatshirts, or dress code attire) must be worn by all students during field trips or school sponsored events, unless otherwise informed.

Shirts

  • Shirts are to be polo-style and may be long sleeve or short, but must be solid and either navy, light blue, or white.
  • Logos are allowed if they are smaller than a quarter.
  • Male students in 2nd grade and above must have shirts tucked in.

Pants

  • Pants are to be khaki or navy in color.
  • No jeans or jean material is allowed.
  • No baggy pants are allowed.
  • Girls may wear capris as long as the above requirements are still met.

Shorts

  • Shorts are to be khaki or navy in color.
  • No jeans or jean material is allowed.
  • No baggy shorts are allowed.
  • Shorts must extend below the fingertips.

Skirts/Jumpers (Girls only)

  • Skirts/jumpers are to be khaki or navy in color and must extend below the fingertips.
  • Girls may wear navy, light blue, black, or white bike-style shorts or leggings under skirts and jumpers.

Belts

  • Male students in 2nd grade and above must wear a belt with all pants/shorts.
  • Belts must not be distracting.

Sweatshirts/Sweaters

  • Any solid-color sweater/sweatshirt may be worn over a uniform shirt.

Footwear

  • Children must either wear or bring athletic shoes to change into for Physical Education class. If a student wishes to bring shoes to change into, they must be capable of changing into their athletic shoes on their own. Teachers will not have time to assist students with changing shoes.
  • Flat sandals with a back are acceptable during non-P.E. classes, but flip-flops are not permitted.
  • Shoes must be in good repair. Frayed or torn shoes are not allowed.

Headgear

  • Hats and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the school building.

Hair

  • Hair must be neat and well groomed. Extreme styles are not appropriate at Providence.

Jewelry

  • Conservative jewelry is permitted.
  • Girls will be allowed to have up to two modest earrings per ear. No other visible body piercings are permissible.
  • Boys are prohibited from having any visible body piercings.
  • Visible tattoos are strictly prohibited.

Spirit Days

  • On school spirit days, students will be welcome to dress in attire other than their regular dress code attire. Specific instructions and guidelines will be provided for each spirit day via email.
  • Families should be mindful of modesty and appropriateness of dress at all times.
  • If a student is not in compliance with the instructions provided, parents may be asked to bring a change of clothing for the student.