High School Dress Code

Shining Mountain Waldorf School requires students to dress appropriately for school, as outlined below. Students should be familiar with this dress code and help each other follow it. All students should feel free to speak politely to others regarding the boundaries of modest attire. Due to changing fashion and resulting concern of the high school, the dress code will be revisited and revised as necessary. The dress code will also be revisited annually by the Student Leadership Academy.

High school students will adopt lower school standards for dress when they are working with LS classes on the lower school campus, e.g., Peer Mediation presentations or carving pumpkins (see item #2).

For whole-school assemblies, the attire of the high school students will reflect the respectful mood of the assembly. This means dress pants and collared dress shirts for boys and dresses, dress pants, skirts and dress shirts/tops for girls.

Concert dress standards set by the music teachers will be adhered to for performances (see details below).

The following guidelines are based on principles of modesty and functionality. The school asks students to wear clothing that will contribute toward an atmosphere focused on learning, free of distraction. Students should wear clothing that allows them to participate in all activities.

If a student is in violation of the dress code he/she will be asked to go to the high school office and put on school appropriate clothing. 

High School Dress Code Guidelines

  1. Girls are allowed to wear spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder shirts, as long as cleavage is adequately covered, even when bending over. Bra straps may show, but bra cups and the back of the bra (band and fasteners) must be covered. See-through tops are allowed with sports bras or tank tops underneath. No strapless tops are allowed.
  1. When on the lower school campus, a sweater, jacket, or some cover-up must be worn over bare shoulders or spaghetti straps in order to respect the lower school dress code.
  1. Girls’ skirts, dresses and shorts must reach to the length of a closed fist held with the arms straight by the sides. Shorts or skirts must stay in place without excessive tugging and provide adequate coverage while sitting, standing or bending over. Spandex shorts or leggings must be worn under miniskirts.
  1. Guys’ sleeveless shirts (tank tops) are allowed as long as the armholes are small enough to ensure nipples won’t show.
  1. Guys’ pants may ride lower than the waistband of underwear, but may not ride below the fullest part of the buttocks.
  1. If clothing is decoratively ripped, rips may not reveal more than the rest of the dress code allows.
  1. Hats are permitted, but not during Morning Verse or in whole school assemblies. Hats must allow for the teacher to see students’ eyes clearly. At his or her discretion, a teacher may ask students to remove hats that cover or shadow their eyes.
  1. No sunglasses are allowed in school so that eyes are visible and eye contact can happen.
  1. No blatant advertising, drug images, or violent images are allowed on clothing.
  1. No bare midriffs.

Movement Education

Students are required to dress appropriately for P.E. and Eurythmy. The movement teachers will inform the students of what clothing is required for class. Being unprepared for class will affect the student’s grade.

Concert Dress

Black shirts and pants for high school students (with ties for boys). Dress must be in line with the school’s dress policy: no tight clothing, plunging necklines, bare midriffs or visible underwear. Please note that girls are now required to wear dress pants for concerts (no tights, leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, etc.).

Students who arrive for a performance inappropriately dressed may be asked to borrow appropriate clothing provided from the school’s costume room (if available), or will be excluded from the performance. If a student is excluded from a performance because of dress, his/her grade will be affected in that class.