WCCA has developed a dress code standard with the following goals in mind:
1) To help students practice biblical principles of modesty, sensitivity to others, and moderation
2) To help make the school environment as conducive as possible to Christian education and values
3) To provide guidelines for appropriate school attire. The WCCA dress code provides opportunities for students to develop sound judgment within limited parameters
It is our conviction that the educational atmosphere in our school is enhanced by student appearance that is neat and orderly. Most of the rules in our dress code reflect our attempt to maintain a balance between student comfort and the structured atmosphere that we desire.
The administration reserves the right to make the final decision about what is acceptable or unacceptable dress. Students and parents agree to abide by the administration’s final decision. If necessary, the school will modify the dress code as needed.
It is the responsibility of the parents and students to know, understand, and adhere to the WCCA dress code. As the primary educators of their children, parents who support school policies model valuable lessons of respect for authority. One very practical evidence of this cooperation is through a parent’s commitment to support the school dress code, particularly by exercising supervision over a student’s choice of clothing each school morning. Disciplinary Notices may be issued to students in violation of dress code, and parents may be called to bring in appropriate clothing for students who come to school in inappropriate attire. However, it is our sincere desire that with full cooperation from parents and students, such corrective actions will rarely be necessary, and faculty and staff will be able to concentrate on their primary ministry responsibilities instead of on monitoring student dress.
If you are uncertain as to how these criteria apply, the teachers or staff will try to answer your question, but please ask before you wear an item in question. We are aware that not all guidelines will please everyone. WCCA is conscientiously attempting to follow guidelines of modesty and propriety and, therefore, your cheerful cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
GENERAL GUIDELINES: Regular school dress is to be worn at all times a student is on campus and when attending school-sponsored events, unless an exception is made for a special reason. All clothing should be neat and clean. Items should not be frayed, have tears or holes, and must be hemmed. Clothing should fit properly and clothing items should be neither too large and baggy nor too small and tight. All dress should reflect modesty and clothing must not be form fitting, tight, or revealing.
SHIRTS/TOPS: Collared polo shirts or collared button down shirts are worn Monday – Thursday. Christian T-shirts may be worn every Friday and for occasional special events as designated by the administration.
The collared/polo shirt must be the top layer. Turtlenecks or tank tops may be worn under appropriate shirts and not in place of the collared shirt.
SHORTS: Shorts and cargo shorts must be no more than 3 1/2 inches above the knee. Cut-offs or athletic shorts may not be worn. (The exception is for junior high PE, which requires students to wear solid royal blue or navy athletic shorts with no stripes – please see PE syllabus for details.)
PANTS: Jeans, khakis, and similar pants are appropriate. Students may not wear athletic, sweat pants, or overalls. The "destroyed" look is not allowed. Pants and shorts must not sag or ride low, they must be able to stay up during any type of activity. Leggings are not to be worn as pants, but may be worn under an appropriate dress or skirt.
SKIRTS/DRESSES: Skirt and dress length must be no more than 3 1/2 inches from the floor when kneeling in an upright position. This length also applies to slits in dresses/skirts. Dresses may not be backless, sleeveless, or strapless. The neckline must not be revealing or low cut.
SHOES: Shoes must be worn at all times when on campus. For safety reasons, students in grades K-5 must wear closed-toe shoes that are safe for play. Junior high students must wear athletic shoes for PE.
HAIR: Hair must be neat at all times to avoid a shaggy, unkempt appearance. Unnatural hair coloring or radical or faddish hair styling is unacceptable. Boys’ hair must not extend beyond the bottom of the shirt collar or ears. It is to be combed off the forehead or cut to fall no lower than the eyebrows. Designs may not be shaved in the hair. Girls’ bangs must be cut or fastened back so they do not fall lower than the eyebrows.
CAPS/HATS: Caps/hats must be removed when entering buildings or classrooms.
OUTERWEAR: Campus dress must be worn under all outerwear (sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, coats, etc.).
BACKPACKS AND ACCESSORIES: All accessory items should adhere to the campus environment and lifestyle. Any accessory that depicts double-meaning slogans, music groups, designs, and pictures that do not support a Christian lifestyle should not be brought to school.
DRESS FOR SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: The above dress code applies to all school-sponsored athletic events, parties, drama/music productions, Activity Day, Honors Day, and field trips. Exceptions are made for trips where students will be swimming. Swimwear must display modesty. Girls must wear modest one-piece swimsuits and boys must not wear bikini or Speedo-style swimsuits. Students must dress in regular school attire when meeting at school to leave for a swimming event and must change back into school attire before returning to school after swimming. No bathing suits are to be worn on campus.