Dress Code

 General Guidelines

  1. Each student's appearance must be appropriate to a Catholic school setting. Walking shorts and Capri pants are NOT to be worn on Mass days. The administration reserves the right to judge what is appropriate and to act on that judgment. The administration also reserves the right to amend the dress code as needed. 
  2. Clothing, jewelry and/or grooming must not be distracting, potentially dangerous and/or disruptive to the learning environment.
    • Hairstyles must be clean, of reasonable style and a natural color.
    • Boys' hair must be above the collar line.
    • Ear piercing only. No more than two earrings per ear.
    • No body piercing, other than ear piercing.
    • No visible tattoos, real or artificial.
  3. Worn, faded, frayed, baggy or form fitting clothing may not be worn.
  4. Headwear may not be worn indoors, e.g. sweatbands, scarves, hats, helmets, etc.
  5. No jackets, coats, or other items intended to be worn outdoors are to be worn indoors.
  6. Official scouting uniforms may be worn on meeting days.
  7. Fifth grade students may wear D.A.R.E. shirts when the D.A.R.E. officer is in the building.
  8. Each student needs tennis shoes with non-marking soles for use in Physical Education class.

Specific Clothing

Item Style Color Comments
Shirts Button polo shirt with collar or turtleneck.
Solid colors.
Long or short sleeves.
No logos, writing or graphics except for polos with school name AND ACS logo. White blouse, with collar under jumpers only.
Navy Blue, White, Red Shirts with buttons must be buttoned,except for the top button.
Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
Sweaters Cardigan, V-Neck, Crew Neck long sleeved sweaters only.
Solid Colors.
No logos, writing or graphics.
Navy Blue
Collared shirt, dickie, or turtleneck must be worn under all sweaters.
Sweaters do not need to be tucked in.
Sweatshirts Long sleeved ACS sweatshirtsonly. Navy Blue
Collared shirt, dickie, or turtleneck must be worn under all sweaters.
Sweaters do not need to be tucked in.
Pants Tailored cotton, cotton-polyester, or corduroy. Solid colors. Navy Blue
Khaki (Tan color)
No bib overalls, denims, jeans, wind pants, sweatpants, cargo pants, carpenter pants.
Pants must be worn at natural waist.
Pant hems may not touch the floor.
Elastic or adjustable waistband is acceptable.
Straight leg or boot leg.
No flair / bell bottoms.
Shorts / Capri pants Tailored cotton, cotton-polyerester, or corduroy walking shorts / capris.
Shorts at the knee or no more than 3 inches above the knee. Capris at mid-calf.
Solid Colors.*
Navy Blue
Khaki (Tan color)
May be worn in August, September, May and June.
No Cargo Shorts.
No skorts, no athletic shorts.
Elastic or adjustable waistband is acceptable.
Footwear Socks, tights or nylons must be worn.
Enclosed shoes (dress or tennis) or sandals with back strap. No Crocs.
Colors should be coordinated with other clothing. Socks must be worn with leggings.
Shoe strings must be tied at all times.
No clogs or cowboy boots.
No heels beyond one inch.
Skirts/jumpers Cotton, cotton-polyester, Or corduroy, no more than 3 inches above the knee.
Solid Colors.*
Navy Blue
Khaki (Tan only)
No split skirts or skorts.
In the interest on modesty, tights or shorts are recommended to be worn under skirts and jumpers.


Note: "Solid Colors" is defined as all one color, including collars and trim.

All clothing, excluding ACS sweatshirts and school labeled polo shirts, can be purchased in local stores such as Macy's, Herbergers, K-Mart, Kohl's, Penneys, Shopko, Target, and Walmart. Land's End catalogs are available in the school office.