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.
SHIRTS/BLOUSES: Boys and girls must wear either loose-fitting, collared short- or long-sleeved polo shirts with buttons at the neck OR loose-fitting, collared short or long-sleeved buttoned dress shirts/buttoned dress blouses. Shirts must be buttoned to reflect modesty. Shirts with straight hems need not be tucked in; all other shirts must be tucked in. All shirts and blouses must be long enough to cover the midriff in any posture. Turtlenecks may be worn under appropriate shirts/blouses. School-provided WCCA T-shirts (not including WCCA P.E. shirts) and loose fitting store-bought, distinctively Christian T-shirts may be worn every Friday and for occasional special events as designated by the administration.
- For girls’ tops that have an under layer either sewn in or worn as a separate garment (camisole, etc.), or that have an additional piece of neckline sewn in to a traditional polo shirt or dress shirt/blouse, it is important that the outer shirt or main portion of the shirt be in adherence with the dress code even without the under layer, camisole, or attached piece of fabric.
- Shirts that are sheer or revealing due to thin fabric are not acceptable even with a camisole or undershirt. Again, it is the top shirt that must be in adherence with the dress code. Camisoles and under layers worn under an appropriate shirt simply for a layered look are acceptable, as long as they are not being relied upon to make the total appearance modest or otherwise meet dress code.
- Whether attached or a separate garment, layers at the hem line which extend beyond the hem of the outer shirt may be worn, provided they look like a layered top and not like underclothing or lingerie.
SHORTS: Shorts/cargo shorts must be “walking shorts” length (knee level to no more than 3 1/2 inches above the knee). Bib shorts and cut-offs may not be worn. Athletic shorts, including those that resemble sweatpants and windbreakers, may not be worn. The exception is for junior high P.E., which requires students to wear solid royal blue or navy athletic shorts with no stripes. The Physical Education Handbook contains additional information regarding the junior high P.E. dress code.
PANTS: Boys and girls may wear a variety of types of pants, not including athletic/jogging/windbreaker/sweat pants. The "destroyed" look is not allowed. Pants/shorts must not sag or ride low. They must be able to stay up during any type of activity. Pants must not drag on the ground or have a tight fit. Leggings are not to be worn as pants, but may be worn under an appropriate skirt. Overalls may not be worn.
SKIRTS/CULOTTES/SKORTS: 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: Dresses must be no more than 3 1/2 inches from the floor when kneeling in an upright position.
They 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. To promote safety, the style must provide adequate protection and be appropriate for the age and activities of the student. Students in grades K - 5 must wear closed shoes that are safe for play. Junior high students must wear athletic shoes for P.E.
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 is to be neatly trimmed to present a masculine profile, and 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.).
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. Students must change back into school clothes after P.E. (junior high only).
A student’s appearance should not attract undue attention or be a distraction to others (i.e., no radical dress and/or hair styling, gang-affiliated jewelry or clothing, excessive make-up, temporary or permanent tattoos, body piercing, ear jewelry for boys, etc.). The style should not be one that is obviously copied from a group whose lifestyle and philosophy are un-Christian or are expressing displeasure with what is generally accepted as normal.
Backpacks, buttons, clothing items, caps, stickers, etc. depicting questionable or double-meaning slogans, music artists, groups, pictures, designs, or words that do not support a Christian lifestyle are not to be worn.
Clothes must be worn in such a way that undergarments are not revealed (i.e., no undershirts extending below an outer shirt, etc.).
Clothing should fit properly. Items should be neither too large and baggy nor too small and tight. All clothing must not be form fitting, tight, or revealing.
All clothing should be neat and clean. Items should not be frayed, have tears or holes, and must be hemmed.
All dress should reflect modesty. Sexually suggestive clothing, revealing, and form-fitting/tight clothing is not acceptable.
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 with no French cuts or side openings, 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. Parents will be called to bring another bathing suit if students are not dressed appropriately.