Dress Code & Expectations

Group of middle school students outside

Whitfield expects that students dress in way that prepares them for the school day or any school-sponsored activities or events. Further, as members and representatives of the Whitfield community, students are encouraged to express their own unique identities with the understanding that they also need to positively reflect the shared mission and values of the school community.


While the primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s), we require that all students adhere to a policy grounded in the values and principles below.

Values Associated with Student Attire

  • Students’ attire choices should reflect preparation for—and pride in—their role as a Whitfield student.
  • All students should feel safe, respected, and affirmed without fear of discipline or body shaming.
  • All students should feel free to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
  • All students should be able to express their culture and identity without fear of discipline or discrimination.
  • Dress code should be enforced in such a way that all students are treated with dignity and respect.
  • A student’s attire choices should not impede their own learning.
  • All students are responsible for managing their own “distractions” without regulating other student’s attire.

Basic Principles for Student Attire

  • Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.
  • Clothes must be worn in such a way that underwear, areas typically covered by underwear, and midriff are fully covered by opaque fabric.
  • Students are expected to dress for the task at hand.

Preparing properly for a specific task or event includes a student’s choice of attire. For example, students should dress up for events (i.e. Grandparents Day) or presentations, wear closed-toe shoes when necessary for a lab or an extracurricular activity, have proper PE clothes or uniform for athletic activities, etc.


Regular Attire

Shoes, shirt, and pants (or dress/skirt) suitable for a normal day of learning in the Whitfield community. Sometimes referred to as: casual, smart casual, business casual, athleisure.  Acceptable examples include: tennis shoes, sandals/slides, skirts, shorts, jeans, leggings, t-shirts, sweatshirts

Dress-Up Attire

Shoes, shirt, and pants (or dress/skirt) suitable for a more formal event in (or outside of) the Whitfield community. Sometimes referred to as: business casual, business formal, semi-formal, office wear, dress clothes.  Acceptable examples include: dress shoes, dress/collared shirts, blouses, dresses, dress pants/skirts

Not Permitted (based on the values/principles above and the culture of our local and school communities)

  • Clothing with—or suggestive of—violence, hate speech, profanity, pornography, or drug/alcohol use
  • Clothing that violates policies outlined in the Student/Family Handbook
  • Items that cover the head, ears, or face—including hats (except for religious, cultural, or medical exemptions)
  • The following specific items: facial hair, strapless items, sleepwear, sweatpants, athletic shorts, clothing with holes