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Dress Code Policy



The purpose of a dress code at Gonzaga Prep is:

  • To ensure an effective educational environment, focused mainly on learning.
  • To maintain favorable school representation and promote a positive, dignified image to the greater community.
  • To allow consistent application of the rules by faculty, staff and administration.
  • To support respect for self, others, school and community.


General Guidelines:

  • The dress code is in effect on all school days, including exam days.
  • Clothing must not be disruptive to the school environment.
  • Students shall be clothed in neat, clean and modest attire.
  • Clothing is to be in good condition, without tears or rips.
  • Nothing students wear may convey an inappropriate message or suggest sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, violence, racism or gangs.
  • No hunting gear, combat gear, camouflage jackets, or trench coats are allowed.
  • Students cannot wear hats of any type, including sweatbands, bandanas, and visors during the school day.



  • Earrings are allowed.
  • Ear gauges are not allowed.
  • Pierced jewelry in lips or brows is not allowed. One small stud in nose is allowed. 

The administration reserves the right to determine if piercings or other jewelry are excessive or in conflict with the spirit of the Gonzaga Prep Dress Code.  Students may be asked to remove such jewelry and not to wear it again.



  • Students are to keep their hair clean and neat and of natural human hair color only.
  • Extreme hairstyles are not allowed.
  • Hairstyles must allow eyes to be visible at all times.

If a student’s hairstyle is deemed unacceptable, they will have until the following Monday to remedy the situation.


Approved Shirts and Tops:

  • Shirts must be appropriate for school and modest.
  • Shirts must have a minimum strap of 3 inches wide. No spaghetti straps, halter tops, muscle shirts, off the shoulder shirts or tube tops allowed. 
  • Shirts must fully cover undergarments, cleavage, midsection and abdominal sides.
  • Hooded sweatshirts are allowed but the hood must not cover the head inside the building at any time.


Pants, Shorts and Jumpsuits:

  • Pants and shorts must be of appropriate fit (not excessively tight or loose) and free of holes and rips.
  • Shorts must have a minimum 7 inch inseam.
  • Rompers and jumpsuits must have a minimum 7 inch inseam and not reveal any cleavage.
  • Athletic pants/shorts, wind pants, sweat pants, yoga pants, and pajama pants are not allowed.                             
Skirts, Dresses and Leggings:
  • Skirts and dresses should be near the top of the knee but no higher than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Slits cannot be more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Necklines of dresses cannot reveal cleavage and must have a minimum strap of 3 inches wide.
  • Stomachs and backs must be covered.
  • Leggings can be worn under skirts, dresses, appropriate top, tunic or sweater that hits mid-thigh.



  • Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Slippers may not be worn.
  • Dress heels must not exceed 3 inches in height.


Messages and Logos:

  • Logos, messages or graphics containing anti-religious messages, sexual innuendos, profanity, drug/alcohol references, and violent images are not permitted at school or school related events.
  • All clothing bearing Gonzaga Prep’s name or logo must be approved by the administration.


Clubs and Teams:

  • Clubs or teams who wish to wear special clothing on particular days must secure the approval of the Dean of Students 24 hours in advance.



Liturgy Dress Days

There will be days during the school year designated as all school dress up days.  These are school days where a more formal appearance is expected of students out of respect for the special purpose of the day such as, but not limited to, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Advent Mass and Marian Mass.  Besides usual appearance standards the following guidelines apply for the entire day:

  • Minimum requirement is khaki pants and polo shirts.
  • Denim jeans, cargo pants and shorts are not allowed.
  • Appropriate shoes and socks are required.
  • Skirts or dresses near the top of the knee with appropriate tops or dress pants with appropriate top can be worn. Dress slacks with shirt and tie can be worn. 


Violation of the dress code will result in the following:

  • Students found in violation of the dress code may be given a verbal warning, procedural JUG and/or will be required to change their attire to meet the code. If a student is unable or unwilling to make changes, the student may be sent home.
  • After a third violation of the dress code policy, a student will receive a sanction and it may result in a meeting with parents/guardians.


The administration will be the final judge of student appearance questions not explicitly covered in the dress code guidelines.