Dress Code

Syracuse Arts Academy

Dress Code Policy

Syracuse Arts Academy believes that a mandatory school dress code policy will provide a more secure school environment, promote an atmosphere for greater discipline, and increase learning opportunities for students by removing many of the distractions and connotations associated with various types of clothing.

All students are required to follow the dress code policy. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children wear the designated school clothing as outlined below.




Dark Green

Navy Blue


Navy Blue

Green Plaid


  • Shirts must be of a collared style and of a solid color, either white, navy, red, or dark green (see above) with buttons that are clear, same color as the shirt, or tortoise shell-type.
  • Appropriate collared styles are blouse, polo, oxford, turtleneck, or dress shirt.
  • No screen printing or logo shirts should be visible.
  • Shirts with the school name or logo are acceptable and available for purchase.
  • Sweaters or vests may be worn in solid white, navy, red, or green with corresponding white, navy, red, or green buttons (clear & tortoise shell-type buttons are also acceptable).
  • Hoodies: Solid color navy blue, red, white or dark green sweatshirts with hoods (hereafter referred to as “hoodies”), in both pullover and zip-up styles may be worn in class for physical comfort with permission from the teacher. No logos may be on the hoodies unless they are the official school name/logo. 
  • School shirts must be worn under hoodies at all times.
  • Hoods may not be worn on the head while in the school building.


  • Girls may wear skirts, jumpers, skorts, shorts, capris or pants.
  • Girls may wear bottoms that are solid navy, solid tan, or approved school plaid (see above).
  • Boys may wear pants or shorts in solid navy or tan.
  • Skirts, shorts or skorts are to be no shorter than two inches above the kneecap.
  • No denim.


  • Socks or tights should be worn at all times.
  • Appropriate colors for socks include black, white, navy, red, or dark green; socks may be ankle, crew or knee length. Girls may also wear smooth opaque and/or light weight cable knit tights in the school colors. Socks or tights must always be worn. No nude nylon stockings.
  • Girls may wear inconspicuous shorts under skirts and jumpers. Do not wear heavy knit leggings and pants that show underneath these articles of clothing, they are not allowed.
  • Legging may be worn under a skirt or skort for warmth during the cold winter months. The length of the skirt should remain within 2” of the knee. Leggings will not be allowed to replace pants. Students will still need to wear socks if they choose to wear leggings. No knit or thick leggings may be worn.
  • Plain white, red, navy, or dark green undershirts may be worn under school shirts to provide for additional modesty and for warmth.
  • Belts are recommended and must be solid brown or black.
  • Ties are optional and may be either solid navy, or school-approved plaid.
  • Shoes must Not be open-toe or backless.
  • No lighted shoes or shoes that are designed to make sounds.

Dress & Grooming

  • The dress code at SAA is mandatory. Dress and grooming standards are part of the dress code regulations.
  • Students must follow the dress code during school hours, except under specially designated circumstances.
  • Students must also follow the dress code for all before and after school programs, except where activities require alternate attire (i.e. sports, dance, etc.).
  • Students must present a modest, clean, and neat appearance at all times. All clothing must be clean, appropriately sized, and worn correctly. Shirts must be buttoned. Pants/shorts/skirts must be worn at the waist, shirts must be buttoned and tucked in, shoes must be tied or fastened, clothing must be worn right-side-out, appropriate underwear must be worn, etc.
  • Clothing shall not be excessively worn or have holes.
  • K-4 grade shirts must be tucked in.
  • The dress code will be required Monday through Friday and for programs.
  • Girls may wear jewelry or hair accessories that are appropriate for wear at school and are not a distraction.
  • Hair must be kept neat and have a combed appearance and appropriate for school. No extreme hair color or styles (i.e. mohawks, shaved heads, etc.). Hair color should be a color that naturally occurs on people.
  • Any makeup worn should be appropriate for school.
  • No hats of any kind, including baseball caps, bandanas, or sunglasses, may be worn in the building.
  • Outer wear that is worn for warmth to and from school and at outside recess is not considered a dress code item. Any sweaters or hoodies worn inside the classroom must be consistent with school dress code colors, and requirements.
  • Snow boots must be changed into school-approved shoes while inside the building.
  • Distracting drawings on the skin, tattoos, or visible piercing, other than the ear, will not be allowed.
  • No dark glasses or contact lenses that obscure the natural eye.

Dress items not specifically covered above but considered inappropriate or contrary to the purpose statement in the School Dress Code Policy are subject to review and interpretation by the Board.

Spirit Shirts

  • Students may be allowed to wear a designated school spirit shirt on select days.
  • Spirit shirts may be worn for Jr. High P.E. but not under uniform shirts as part of the daily dress code.
  • Students can change into the spirit shirt after school to show school spirit at sports events.

Students out of proper uniform will be asked to call home for a change of clothes. If no one is available to provide a change, then we will offer the student something from our emergency clothing. (We do not have a wide variety of sizes and styles and our options may be highly worn. Please wash and return the borrowed uniform.) If students are consistently found out of compliance then a meeting with parents will be scheduled. If the student still fails to comply with the dress code it shall result in suspension of school or loss of privileges.

P.E. & Sports Practice Dress Code

7-9 grade students must change for their P.E. class. 

  • Shirt: Plain white t-shirt without logo’s or screen print. Students may wear the Spirit Shirt. (No sleeveless shirts, open sides, or spaghetti straps. Must not be skin tight.)
  • Shorts: Solid black or navy blue, knee length shorts. Must not be skin tight. (No logo’s or designs.)
  • Shoes: Non-marking tennis shoes must be worn with socks.

Field Trip Attire

This specific school uniform should be worn for all field trips and other specifically designated occasions.

  • K-6 grade students wear a solid white top (with or without the school logo) and solid navy uniform bottoms.
  • 7-9 grade students wear a solid white top (with or without the school logo) and solid tan uniform bottoms.

Dragon Dress Day

On Dollar Dress days and other specified occasion this dress code will be used. Students are still expected to dress in a manner that positively impacts the learning environment. Clothing must be modest, tasteful, and it must not compromise safety standards for our students. Students may wear clothing of their choice as long as they are within the guidelines below.

The following clothing will not be permitted:

  • No tight clothing (i.e. No skin tight pants, leggings as pants or tops)
  • No baggy or sagging pants or shorts.
  • No excessively oversized jackets or coats.
  • No slippers or bare or stocking feet. No open toe or heeled shoes.
  • No clothing that is torn, ripped or frayed.
  • No short shorts/skirts. The hem length must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  • No tank tops. Shirts must have sleeves.
  • No sheer material, even if you wear something under it.
  • No clothing with exposed midriffs, buttocks, or cleavage.
  • No clothing which displays obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually explicit words or implicit words, messages or pictures.
  • No clothing that advertises a substance a student cannot legally possess or use.
  • No clothing that advertises or may represent gang affiliation, including colors, numbers, or brand names.
  • No pajama’s, sports shorts, or sweat pants.

Please adhere to the Dress & Grooming Standards and other rules listed in this Dress Code Policy.

Best Dress Code for Sport Teams, Music Performances and Dances

On game days students that are eligible to participate in the sports activity can wear Best Dress. Some dances will also be best dress. Students are expected to dress up in professional dress, like they are going to a job interview. Boys should wear suit pants or slacks, with a dress shirt and tie. Girls should wear a dress, skirt, or dress pants and a blouse.

Dress that may be construed as inappropriate under this policy includes, but is Not limited to:

  • No denim. Jeans and jean skirts are not considered dressing up.
  • No bare shoulders or backs. Dresses must have a sleeve. Shawls worn around the neck do not indicate compliance as these are usually removed inside the dance. A shrug or jacket may be worn to make the dress compliant; HOWEVER, they must be left on at all times.
  • No revealing clothing; tight, short, low cut in front (revealing cleavage) or back (No shoulder blades), No bare midriffs, No display of undergarments, and No sheer fabric exposing underwear, cleavage, midriff, or back.
  • No tops or bodices that are bare, strapless, spaghetti straps, tank tops, halter tops, or ‘razor backs’ that have bare sides (under the arm).
  • No short skirts/shorts; Skirts/Shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee, including slits.
  • No Clothing that is extreme or slovenly (oversized, baggy, or torn jeans) or for protest, defiance, dissent, or displays obscene, illegal substances, or suggestive words or pictures is not permitted.
  • No heels higher than 2.5 inches as these are a safety concern and can cause tripping/falling especially on the stairs.

A Note on Dance Behavior: Students that exhibit any behavior that is inappropriate or may potentially harm themsleves or any student around them may be removed from the dance. Behavior that is considered inappropriate under this policy includes, but is not limited to: vulgar, seductive, or inappropriate movements; “freaking”, freak dancing, grinding; “moshing”, dancing in a “mosh pit”; slamming, where students are violently pushing or shoving others; crowd surfing, passing students overhead or through the crowd and running through or around the dance area etc.

Administration Has Discretion

This policy is intended to create a framework to meet the purpose as stated at the beginning of this policy. As styles change, or if questions arise, the school administration, as the Board of Directors’ designee, has the authority to determine if a student’s dress in keeping with this policy. 


Teresa Peacock - SAA Board President