DRESS REGULATIONS

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY

SCHOOL DAY DRESS

TCS employs a uniform system of dress for grades K - 12. First and foremost, we want to help the students focus their attention on the most important issues before them—their spiritual well being and academic progress. Regulations listed here do not imply that those who disagree with these rules are sinful or wrong. These are institutional standards that TCS authorities believe are necessary to maintain a healthy learning environment as well as a positive Christian testimony.

In light of the counter culture represented, tattoos (including temporary ones), and body piercing of any kind (other than ears for girls) are not permitted.

All TCS Students

  • Must wear TCS uniform shirt from TCS uniform vendors.
  • May wear an extra tee shirt or turtleneck underneath their uniform shirt that does not have the TCS logo as long as only the collar and/or sleeve areas show, and the shirt is of a solid color, like a uniform shirt, with no printing.
  • May wear any official TCS jacket, fleece, sweatshirt, or sweater over uniform shirt. Students may also wear a solid color fleece, full-zippered sweatshirt (no pullovers), jacket or sweater over the uniform shirt but these items must have no writing, printing, or pictures. Jean jackets are not acceptable for classroom wear.
  • All oxford style shirts must be worn tucked into the pants, slacks, or skirt with no shirttails hanging out.
  • No hats, caps, sweatbands, sunglasses or visors are to be worn in the school buildings.
  • No extreme hair styles or unnatural or extreme hair colors.
  • Shoes with laces must be tied.
  • No flip-flops, shoes with wheels in/on them, or bedroom shoes may be worn.

Elementary Boys (K-5)

  • May wear classic, traditional pants including a neat, conservative cargo style (no oversized pockets). Younger boys may wear an elastic waist. Acceptable colors are khaki/sand/stone, navy blue, gray, brown, and black. Elementary boys may also wear plain style jeans (no carpenter, painter, cargo, etc. styles, nor bleached out, extremely faded, sandblasted, or indigo looks). Jeans must be in good condition.
  • Grades 2 – 5 must wear shirts tucked in and a belt if pants have belt loops.
  • Must wear regular shoes. Tennis shoes must be clean and in good condition. Socks are to be worn at all times. No sandals are permitted.

Elementary Girls (K-5)

  • May wear solid navy, khaki/sand, white, brown, gray, or black skirt or jumper or a denim jean skirt that is in good condition (no patches, no “destructed,” bleached out, or extremely faded fabric). Jumpers must be worn over a TCS shirt. These items must come at least to the top of the kneecap (grades 3-5). Skirts must have straight hems—no diagonal or handkerchief hems are permitted.
  • May wear slacks in khaki/sand/stone, white, brown, navy, gray, or black (no jeans or denim pants). These must be classic, traditional pants (no warm up or sweat pants). Capri’s, gauchos and culottes are not permitted for regular school day dress.
  • May wear casual shoes—flats, loafers, sandals, conservative boots, tennis shoes in good condition, etc. No athletic-sandals, shower/water sport shoes, slippers, or combat-style boots. Girls may not wear any backless shoes/sandals or shoes with heels over 1 inch.
  • May not wear make up.

Secondary Boys (6-12)

  • Must wear classic, traditional style pants or may wear a neat, conservative cargo style (no oversized pockets). The following pant styles are not acceptable: denim jeans of any color, carpenter, painter, overalls, wide-legged, low-rider, oversized, leather, zippered legs, warm-up or sweats. Pants must be neat without frayed hems and must not drag on the floor or be worn pulled down at the waist. Belts must be worn with pants that have belt-loops.
  • Must wear regular shoes. Tennis shoes must be clean and in good condition. Socks are to be worn at all times. No sandals are permitted.
  • Shirts are to be kept buttoned (with the exception of the top button only) and must remain tucked into pants.
  • Boys’ hair must be combed neatly, well-groomed, and worn above the collar (as measured by a dress shirt); above the eyebrows and trimmed above the ear so that it is not over any part of the ear or tucked behind the ear. Boys’ hair may not be colored or highlighted. If blocked in the back, hair must not be bushy. Boys must be clean-shaven with the exception of neatly trimmed mustaches for juniors and seniors. Sideburns may not come below the bottom of the ears.

Secondary Girls (6-12)

  • May wear solid navy, khaki/sand, white, brown, gray, or black skirt or jumper or a denim jean skirt that is in good condition (no patches, no “destructed,” bleached out, or extremely faded fabric). These items must come at least to the middle of the kneecap while standing. Skirts must have straight hems—no diagonal or handkerchief hems are permitted.
  • May wear slacks in khaki/sand/stone, white, brown, navy, gray, or black (no jeans or denim pants). These must be classic, traditional pants (no warm up or sweat pants). “Jean cut” pants (which are usually identified by their rivets and back patch pockets) are not acceptable. The following styles are not acceptable: jeans of any color or fabric, carpenter, painter, overalls, low riders, oversized, leather, zippered legs, warm-ups or sweats. Pants must be neat without frayed hems or holes and must not drag the floor or be low-waisted. Pants may not be tight and form-fitting. Capri’s, gauchos and culottes are not permitted for regular school day dress.
  • May wear casual shoes—flats, loafers, sandals, conservative boots, tennis shoes in good condition, etc. No athletic-sandals, shower/water sport shoes, slippers, combat-style boots, or backless through-the-toe style footwear (e.g. flip-flops) may be worn.

No personal adornment of questionable association or origin will be allowed, including items such as jewelry, clothing, book-bags, etc. Black nail polish is not allowed.

Whether an item is “questionable” is an administrative decision.

DRESS FOR EXTRACURRICLAR ACTIVITIES

Girls as athletes (traveling to and from the game) or spectators at home or away games may wear non-school uniform clothing. Slacks must be in good condition and fit properly and modestly. Tops should be modest, not low cut or sheer, and should not “ride up” or show the midriff area. Shorts are not acceptable except for fall and spring outdoor sports. Shorts’ length must be no shorter than mid-thigh (half way between kneecap and bend of thigh). Shorts cannot be “skin tight,” but must be loose fitting to be modest in appearance. Cheerleaders may wear their uniforms during school on designated days, as well as to and from games.

For special occasions when formal dress is worn, dresses must be modest in the neckline, fit, and length. The shoulder width of a young lady’s sleeveless top/bodice must be at least the width of the student’s hand, must go over the shoulder (no halter styles) and the neckline must not be lower than the width of the hand from the base of her neck to the top of the neckline. Dresses should cover at least half of student’s back. Any strapless dress or dress with straps that do not meet the above criteria may be worn if the student wears a sweater, jacket, or “shrug” which must remain in place during the entire banquet, including picture-taking.

Boys as athletes (traveling to and from the game) or spectators at home or away games may wear non-school uniform clothing. Non-collared shirts are permitted. Shorts are not acceptable, except for fall and spring outdoor sports. Shorts’ length must be no shorter than mid-thigh (half way between kneecap and bend of thigh). Boys on athletic teams are required to wear ties with appropriate TCS logo oxford shirts on game days.

For special occasions when formal dress is worn, boys must wear a collared shirt and tie, and pants must be at least as “dressy” as and follow the guidelines from regular school dress code pants.

Any TCS student on campus between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. must be in acceptable school attire. This includes students leaving early and returning to school during these times. At all times, students should avoid extremes in dress, “fads” or anything possibly immodest. TCS reserves the right to prohibit any clothing item or style at any time while on campus or at school sponsored events that we feel does not meet the requirements outlined here or that compromises the Christian modesty testimony of TCS. If you have any questions, please call the school office. If you have a hesitation or doubt about the acceptability of an item, please wait and check on it.

“DRESS DOWN DAY” DRESS CODE

Students may wear pants or jeans. Girls may also wear capris. No pants or capris should be tight, overly baggy (jeans), frayed, or patched and should be neat and clean. No warm-ups or sweats, wind suits, or shorts (6 – 12) may be worn. Students may wear tee shirts or jerseys, but these may depict only sports teams or logos, or name brand athletic or clothing company names. Girls may not wear tank tops, crop tops, or tops that allow the midriff area to be seen.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETIC DRESS CODE

  1. Boys may wear school clothes for P.E. classes in grades K – 5.
  2. Girls in grades K – 5 are to wear shorts under their skirts/jumpers or wear/change into slacks (no jeans). These shorts are not available from TCS for grades 1 – 5.
  3. All students are required to wear tennis shoes that do not mark the gym floor.
  4. Girls in grades 6 – 12 are required to wear regulation school shorts and shirts for all P.E. classes. Tops should be modest—not tight or revealing.
  5. Students are to wear P.E. and practice clothes in the gym or practice area only.
  6. If a student does not dress out properly, his/her grade will be lowered.
  7. All students must be back into proper school dress on their way to and before leaving the locker room or gym. Example: belt on, shirt tucked in, etc.
  8. On game days male athletes are required to wear ties during the school day. One day a week, with coaches’ permission, both boys and girls can wear their team jerseys on a game day. The coach will decide which game they will dress for each week.
  9. Players participating in school practices cannot have writing on the seat of the any pants, shorts, or any practice clothes.
  10. Shorts’ length must be no shorter than mid-thigh (half way between kneecap and bend of thigh).

The school reserves the right to make final decisions regarding any areas not covered in the dress code as outlined above.