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Dress Code

The purpose of a dress code is to minimize the influence of superficial matters in a community that places high value on the healthy development of mind, body, and spirit. A standard of appearance emphasizes the seriousness of purpose required for high achievement.

Dexter Southfield Hats Pre-K - Class 5 Students

All Dexter Southfield students in Grades Pre-K through 5 are expected to wear their school-issued hats when riding the bus.

Generally, in the fall and the spring, it is the baseball cap; from after Thanksgiving until spring vacation, the winter hat. Hats are available at the school throughout the year.

Pre-K - Class 4 Students

Boys' Classrooms 

  • Shirt with collar or turtle neck- must be tucked in; no “T” shirts;
  • Khaki, corduroy, or dress pants, preferably with a belt but without cargo pockets or extra loops;
  • Sweaters or School sweatshirts may be worn, but other outerwear may not be worn while in class;
  • Socks and properly-fitted shoes - no boots, hiking shoes, or sneakers in class;
  • Pre-K-Class 2 should keep an extra set of underwear, pants, and socks at school.
  • Students should have a navy blazer, white dress shirt, and a tie to wear for such occasions as their own public speaking, choir performances, and Prize Day. New students may choose to dress up for the New Boy or the New Girl Assembly. 
  • Clothing with names of other schools or teams are not acceptable at school.

Girls' Classrooms

  • School jumper- available from Land’s End School Catalog; jumpers and blazers may be ordered here. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield girls is #9000-7517-7. The jumper number is #068176-BP3.
  • Shirt with collar, blouse, or turtleneck; nothing sleeveless.
  • Sweaters or School sweatshirt may be worn, but outerwear may not be worn while in class;
  • Tights, ankle socks, or knee socks (optional bike shorts to be worn under jumpers);
  • Properly-fitted, low-heeled shoes; no party shoes, sandals, boots, hiking shoes, sneakers, or open toed shoes;
  • During the colder months, the girls may wear leggings (also available from Land’s End) under their jumpers; pajama pants and sweatpants are not considered leggings;
  • Pre-K-Class 2 should keep an extra set of underwear, shorts, shirt, leggings, and socks at school.
  • Clothing with names of other schools or teams are not acceptable at school.

Class 5 Students

Boys' Classrooms

  • Dress shirt with collar and a conservative tie - shirts should be tucked in; 
  • Khaki, corduroy, or dress pants, preferably with a belt but without cargo pockets or extra loops;
  • Blazer or sport coat;
  • Socks and properly-fitted shoes– no boots, hiking shoes, or sneakers in class.
  • Clothing with names of other schools or teams are not acceptable at school.
  • Students should have a pair of khaki dress pants, navy blue blazer, and tie to wear for their own public speaking, Prize Day, and other designated events.
  • School wear may be ordered here. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield boys is #9000-7518-5.

Girls' Classrooms

  • School gray skirt, no shorter than three inches above the knee (available from Flynn and O’Hara);
  • Shirt with collar, blouse, or turtleneck;
  • Sweaters may be worn, but sweatshirts and other outerwear may not be worn while in class;
  • Stockings, tights, ankle socks, or knee socks;
  • Properly-fitted, low-heeled shoes; no high heels, sandals, boots, hiking shoes, sneakers, or open toed shoes;
  • During the colder months, girls may wear leggings (not sweatpants or pajama pants) to and from school, but not during the school day.
  • Clothing with names of other schools or teams are not acceptable at school.
  • Blazers may be ordered here. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield under Option 2 is #9000-7517-7. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield girls is #9000-7517-7. The blazer number is #473114-BP0. Skirts may be ordered from the Flynn and O’Hara website at www.flynnohara.com.
     

Middle School Students

For Occasional School Dress:

Option 1

  • A pair of khaki dress trousers, a white shirt, a tie with some red coloring, and a navy blue blazer which they should wear for Public Speaking, musical performances and other designated events.

Option 2

  • A School blazer, a white shirt, and the School’s grey pleated skirt which they should wear for Public Speaking, musical performances, and other designated events.

Regular School Dress:

Option 1

  • Dress shirt with a collar and a conservative tie. Shirts should be tucked in. Students should not wear t-shirts, sweaters, “quarter-zips”, or sweatershirts over their collared shirts.

  • Dress khaki, corduroy, or flannel trousers (no cargo pockets or loops) with a belt.

  • A blazer or sport coat, dark socks, and appropriate, well-fitted shoes; athletic shoes and

    short athletic socks are not allowed during the school day. Slippers, hiking shoes, and canvas sneakers such as Keds, Toms, and Vans are not allowed. On days with inclement weather, boots may be worn to and from School during appropriate times but may not be worn during the school day.

  • School sweatshirts and other outer athletic tops such as team jackets may be worn over School dress to and from School but may not be worn during the school day. Other athletic clothing may not be worn during the school day.

  • School baseball-style hats and School winter hats may be worn to and from School. Other caps and hats may not be worn during the school day.

  • Denim and fleece clothing material as well as half-zip sweaters, and the like, are not appropriate for School dress.

  • For those occasional activities when more casual dress will be necessary, students will be notified of the appropriate clothing.

  • Students not dressed properly may be sent home.

Option 2

  • Shirts or blouses with collars or turtlenecks. Shirts should not have mandarin collars or be too tight or revealing. Students should not wear t-shirts, “quarter-zips”, or sweatshirts over their collared shirts or blouses.

  • The School’s grey pleated skirt should be worn no shorter than two inches above the knee. Hems should be straight across and not have frayed edges.

  • The School blazer should be worn at all times during the school day, both in class and in the hallways. Blazers should also be worn on the buses when students are traveling to and from School.

  • Make-up, nail polish, and jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Nose rings or studs are not appropriate. Students are reminded that School is not the place for valuables.

  • Shoes should have closed fronts, closed backs, and low heels. Athletic shoes are not allowed during the school day, unless there is a medical note approved by the health office. On days with inclement weather, boots may be worn to and from School during appropriate times but may not be worn during the school day. Leather boat shoes may also be worn. Slippers, hiking shoes, and canvas sneakers such as Keds, Toms, and Vans, are not allowed.

  • School sweatshirts and other outer athletic tops such as team jackets may be worn over school dress to and from school but may not be worn during the school day. Non-Dexter Southfield athletic clothing may not be worn in lieu of the stated school dress code policy.

  • School baseball-style hats and School winter hats may be worn to and from School. Other caps and hats may not be worn during the school day.

  • Denim and fleece clothing material as well as half-zip sweaters, and the like, are not appropriate for School dress.

  • For those occasional activities when more casual dress will be necessary, students will be notified of the appropriate clothing.

  • Students not dressed properly may be sent home.

Upper School Students

Regular School Dress:

Option 1

  • Dress shirt with a collar and a conservative tie. Shirts should be tucked in. Students should not wear t-shirts over their collared shirts.

  • Dress khaki, corduroy, or flannel trousers (no cargo pockets or loops) with a belt.

  • A blazer or sport coat.

  • Shoes should have closed fronts, closed backs, and low heels. Athletic shoes are not allowed during the school day. In order to accommodate efficient and safe travel between buildings during the winter months, students in the upper school may wear boots between Thanksgiving and spring vacation. Boots should be in good condition. Laces should be laced. Slippers and hiking shoes are not allowed.

  • Sweatshirts, hooded tops, and other outer gear, such as team jackets may not be worn during the school day.

  • Denim and fleece are not appropriate for school dress.

Option 2

  • Shirts or blouses with collars or turtlenecks. Shirts should not be too tight or revealing. Students should not wear t-shirts over their collared shirts or blouses.

  • Skirts (not skorts) should be worn no shorter than two inches above the knee. They should not be too tight or revealing. Hems should be straight across and not have frayed edges. There should be no full zippers or tiered skirts.

  • Dresses must have collars and defined waists. Shirt dresses are not allowed.

  • A sport coat or blazer, or a crew-neck, V-neck, or cardigan sweater, or a 1⁄4 zip pullover

  • Shoes should have closed fronts, closed backs, and low heels. Athletic shoes are not allowed during the school day. In order to accommodate efficient and safe travel between buildings during the winter months, students in the upper school may wear boots between Thanksgiving and spring vacation. Boots should be in good condition. Laces should be laced. Slippers and hiking shoes are not allowed.

  • Sweatshirts, hooded tops, and other outer gear, such as team jackets may not be worn during the school day. Denim and fleece are not appropriate for School dress.

 

For Weekly Assembly or Other Designated Events:

Option 1

  • A pair of khaki dress trousers, a white shirt, a conservative tie, and a navy blue blazer.

 

Option 2

  • A navy blue blazer and the School’s gray pleated skirt.

 

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