Dress Code

The purpose of the dress code is to reflect respect for the discipline and seriousness of academic pursuits. Thayer students are expected to be neat, clean, and dressed appropriately for an academic environment. Clothing should allow students to participate actively in class and should not serve as a distraction to teaching or learning. Students are expected to remain in dress code for the entire day. The Dean of Students in each division is the final arbiter of appropriate dress. Students, with the help of their parents/guardians, are asked to adhere not only to the letter but also to the spirit of Thayer’s dress code.

Daily Dress 
Acceptable options include: 

  • A dress with a full back and that covers the shoulders. 
  • A skirt, pants, or shorts with an appropriate top. 
  • Students choosing either of the above options may, when cold, add an appropriate sweater, jacket, vest, Thayer Academy sweatshirt, or solid-colored sweatshirt with consistent patterns. 

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. All shirts must have a full back and must cover the waistband of a student’s skirt, pants, or shorts. Shirts are expected to cover the shoulders.
  2. Shirts may not have graphic images or words other than the brand insignia. Sweatshirts may not have graphic images or words other than the brand insignia, unless Thayer gear. Any logo or image, on the front or back of any shirt, must not exceed the size of a 3-inch by 3-inch post-it note.
  3. Footwear MUST be worn on campus at all times.
  4. Hats, caps, or hoods may not be worn inside any building at any time, unless for medical or religious reasons.
  5. Students may not wear any blue denim clothing.
  6. Leggings, tights, yoga pants, etc., may ONLY be worn under a dress or skirt.
  7. Athletic wear, including sweatpants, athletic shorts, non-Thayer sweatshirts, etc., may not be worn to school.
  8. Clothing with inappropriate or offensive messages (as determined by the Academy, in its sole discretion) is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, clothing with messages advocating violence, alcohol, or drugs; clothing expressing obscenities; and clothing that is derogatory to one’s self or others.
  9. Extremely short, revealing, tight, soiled, frayed, or ripped clothing may not be worn to school.
  10. Undergarments should never be visible.
  11. All hemlines should be at least mid-thigh length. Students should be able to move comfortably through their day, including up and down stairs, without underwear being exposed.

Assembly Dress 
On occasion, students may be asked to “dress up” for a special assembly or event. In such cases, the dress code options include: 

  • A dress with a full back and that covers the shoulders, or a nice skirt or dress pants with an appropriate shirt.
  • A shirt, tie, and dress pants (long pants only).
  • Students choosing either of the above options may, when cold, add an appropriate sweater or jacket.
  • The following are NOT acceptable on Assembly Dress Days: Shorts or sweatshirts of any kind.

Note for 2021-22 School Year, Middle School Only
On days when there are home games, individual coaches will remind and communicate with their team about dressing up for game day. When students are between athletic seasons or when students do not have athletics, they are expected to follow the dress code. Due to our location next year at 850 Washington St. and the need to travel to fields for athletics, the Middle School will have one more year of allowing athletic attire to be worn at school on practice days only. Athletic attire is allowed for students who are in season and have practice. The clothing should reflect the needs of that sport or that PE class on a given day. Students can change footwear before practices. If wearing tank tops or spandex, students should layer their attire during the day to reflect the dress code.