Boys’ Uniform and Dress Code

 Boys’ Pants: Khaki or dress slacks that reach to the shoe but are not dragging on the ground. (Not blue jeans or dungarees. No patch pockets, extra zippers, or extra seams.) No oversized, super-baggy pants will be permitted. Slacks should be worn at the waist (and no boxers or undergarments may be visible – including at sports practices and games). The slacks should have belt loops and a solid, dark belt should be used.

Boys’ Shorts: Khaki walking shorts, with a dark belt, may be worn. Shorts should go to just above the knee but not below, and should not be excessively tight or loose-fitting. Shorts should be worn at the waist (and no boxers or undergarments may be visible – including at sports practices and games).

Boys’ Shirts: For all boys, solid white or navy blue, collared, knit polo shirts with the Academy logo (two- or three-button, with or without a breast pocket–no other logos of any kind, only the Academy logo). High school boys may also wear a white oxford button-down dress shirts with the Academy logo, short- or long-sleeved. The oxford dress shirt must be properly buttoned. Shirts must always be tucked in, and shirttails must be long enough to stay tucked in. A navy blue tie with the Centurion mascot may be worn in 10th -12th grades.

Boys’ Footwear: Boys should wear dark blue, dark brown, or black solid-colored, low-heeled, low-soled dress shoes or loafers with dark laces and dark soles. Vans shoes that are entirely black with black laces are also acceptable. Socks are to be solid-colored, logo free, and match the color of the shoes. Tan socks may be worn with dark brown shoes. No high-top shoes, boots, sandals, athletic shoes, or skateboard shoes. Athletic shoes will be permitted only during official school athletic activities. Socks must be visible above the entire shoe; knee socks are not permitted with shorts.

Boys’ Hair: Hair should be neatly trimmed and combed; no gel-mussed or long spiked hair-styles. Hair must be well off the top of the shirt collar, and it may not cover the ears. In a normal sitting position, hair should not overlap the shirt collar. Hair should not be so long as to hang far below the eyes if combed forward nor long enough to bring into a ponytail. Crew cuts are permitted, but the head must not appear shaved, nor scalp be visible. No mohawks or rat’s tails or braids. No hairnets or bandanas. No dyed or bleached hair. No shaved heads. Sideburns may not descend below the earlobe. No facial hair: students must be clean-shaven.

Boys’ Jewelry: No nose-rings, earrings, or other body-piercing jewelry are permitted for boys. No wrist bracelets, anklets, or necklaces are permitted. A total of one watch and one ring are permissible. Smart watches are not permitted. Both must be tasteful. Jewelry should not be distracting or dangerous. A tasteful, simple necklace may be worn inside the shirt and should not be visible.

Boys’ Headwear: Hats and sunglasses will not be permitted indoors and must be stored in student’s locker during the school day.

Boys’ Jackets: Navy blue sweaters and jackets are permitted in the Prep building. These must have the official Cicero crest or they must be free of other logos or markings. They must be clean and free of tears. A polo shirt or dress shirt must be worn under the sweatshirt and must be tucked in, and a belt must still be worn. Violation of either of the above rules will result in a permanent revocation of the student’s permission to wear the outerwear for that year.

Jackets, sweaters, hooded-sweatshirts, and non-Academy outerwear may be worn to school for warmth but must be free of prominent logos and advertisements. However, these garments must be removed upon entering the prep building and stored in a locker until exiting the building. Academy-issued athletic letter jackets or sweaters may also be worn in the classroom. A navy blazer may be worn in 11th-12th grades.

No oversized or super-baggy clothing will be permitted. This includes sweatshirts. If a student owns a conspicuously oversized Academy sweatshirt, he may not wear it into the classroom.

No tattoos, temporary or permanent. This prohibition includes pen and ink drawings on the skin.

Girls’ Uniforms and Dress Code

Girls’ Skirt: a plaid Academy uniform skirt, available at Dennis Uniforms in two styles. The skirt hem may be no higher than just above the knee, both in front and in back. Skirt hem should be within two inches of the ground when properly adjusted at the waist and kneeling on a level surface, and may be longer if desired. Skirts must be worn at the waist.

Girls’ Shorts: Khaki shorts should go to just above the knee, but not below, and should not be tight-fitting. A dark belt must be worn with shorts that have belt loops. Shorts must be worn at the waist.

Girls’ Slacks: Khaki slacks, with a belt, may be worn. Slacks should reach to the shoe but not drag on the ground. No oversized, super-baggy pants will be permitted, nor should they be excessively tight. Slacks should be worn at the waist. The slacks should have belt loops and a solid, dark belt should be used.

Girls’ Shirts: Girls should wear a solid white or navy knit, collared, polo shirt with the Academy logo (two- or three-button, with or without a breast pocket–no other logos of any kind, only the Academy logo.) High school girls may wear a white oxford button-down dress shirt with the Academy logo, short or long sleeved. The oxford dress shirt must be properly buttoned. Shirts must always be properly tucked in so that the waistband of the skirt, pants, or shorts is visible, and shirttails must be long enough to stay tucked in. Students may not deliberately blouse out or give a partially “untucked” look to their shirts.

Girls’ Footwear: Girls should wear low-heeled (1.5” – 2”), low-soled or flat, dark blue, dark brown, or black solid-colored leather loafers or dress shoes. Vans shoes that are entirely black with black laces are also acceptable. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes or sandals are permitted. Sneakers, tennis or jogging shoes will be permitted only during official school athletic activities. Girl’s tights or socks should be solid white or match the color of the shoes. Tan socks or tights may be worn with dark brown shoes. Ankle socks may be worn, but they must be visible above the entire shoe. Socks should not come above the knees. Socks should be free of decorations and logos. No ankle bracelets allowed.

Girls’ Jewelry: Girls may wear one pair of short earrings only on the ear lobes. “Short” means that the earrings should not hang more than ½ inch below the ear lobe. Large hoops or other dangling or distracting earrings are not permitted. Loops are not to be larger than the size of a nickel. No body-piercing jewelry except traditionally-located earrings will be permitted. One simple ring on each hand is permitted. One wrist bracelet, one watch, and one simple necklace are permissible. Smart watches are not permitted. No chokers, no beaded necklaces (colored or otherwise), no leather necklaces, no shells, no large or elaborate chain-link, and no large or elaborate pendants (larger than an inch in length, width or diameter) may be worn.

Girls’ Makeup: Makeup is permitted and should be applied tastefully and in moderation. Heavily lined eyes or gaudy lipstick, glittered or white-powdered faces will not be permitted. Fingernails should not be excessively long or painted garishly. Fingernails may only be painted in natural skin tones. Tasteful French manicures are acceptable. Cicero is a fragrance free campus. No perfumed lotions or perfume allowed.

Girls’ Hair: Hair should be neatly combed or styled. No shaved heads. Tasteful bows, barrettes, headbands, and “scrunchies” are permissible in navy, tan, or white. Hair should not be arranged or colored so as to draw undue attention to the student. Hair must be natural looking and conservative in its color (no bleaching or unnatural streaking/highlighting, no deep/bright reds or oranges, no artificial jet-black coloring, and no unnatural colors). Any artificial changes in hair color during the school year are unacceptable.

Women’s Headwear: Hats, bandanas, and sunglasses will not be permitted indoors and must be stored in student lockers.

Women’s Jackets: Navy blue sweaters and jackets are permitted in the Prep building. These must have the official Cicero crest or they must be free of other logos or markings. They must be clean and free of tears. A polo shirt or dress shirt must be worn under the sweatshirt and must be tucked in, and a belt must still be worn (where applicable). Violation of either of the above rules will result in a permanent revocation of the student’s permission to wear the outerwear for that year.

Jackets, sweaters, and spirit-wear hoodies may be worn to school for warmth but must be free of prominent logos and advertisements. These garments must be removed upon entering the prep building and stored in a locker until exiting the building. A solid navy sweater may be worn in the classroom and must be purchased from Dennis Uniform for the sake of consistency. Academy-issued athletic letter jackets or sweaters may also be worn in the classroom. A navy blazer may be worn in 11th-12th grades.

No oversized or super-baggy clothing will be permitted. This includes sweatshirts. If a student owns a conspicuously oversized Academy sweatshirt, she may not wear it into the classroom.

No tattoos, temporary or permanent. This prohibition includes pen and ink drawings on the skin

Non-uniform Dress Code for Special Events

Athletic Practice and Outdoor Field Day Dress Code

Just as the Academy provides guidelines for dress code in the classroom, it is important to project the image of professionalism in our athletic attire as well.

All shirts worn for athletic practices and field day should be modest, loose fitting, in good repair (no holes, torn sleeves, etc), should be worn either tucked in or well over the waist of the pants/shorts if not tucked in. No midriffs may be shown. T-shirts are preferred—no tank tops, camisoles, or sports bras may be worn as outer-garments. Sleeveless shirts may be worn if modest.

Pants/shorts should be modest, in good repair (no holes, torn sleeves, etc.) Pants should be worn at the waist and should be no shorter than mid-thigh, and no-longer than just below the knee. No short-shorts or long baggy shorts may be worn. No boxers or undergarments may be visible. No yoga pants or skin-tight apparel.

Attire should be free of inappropriate messages; sports team logos (e.g., Diamondbacks, Notre Dame), and apparel brand names (e.g., Adidas, Abercrombie) are acceptable, provided they do not make inappropriate allusions. These guidelines also apply to sweatshirts and jackets that students may wear. Footwear should be athletic in nature: no sandals, open-toed, or platform shoes. Hats and sunscreen may be appropriate, if the students will be in the sun. Hat styles should follow the same guidelines as above.

Semi-formal Events Dress Code

 There are specific, semi-formal dress requirements for special events, including periodic fine arts concerts and the end-of-year ceremonies (such as commencement and graduation).

Concert dress is, for boys and girls, white and black. Boys wear white collared dress shirts with black slacks, a black belt, and black socks and dress shoes. Girls wear a white blouse with a black skirt or dress slacks and black dress shoes (open-toed shoes and reasonable heels are permitted). Black skirts must be modest-length with hems that approach the knee, or appropriately fitting black dress slacks; tight slacks or bare midriffs are not acceptable. White modestly-cut blouses or sleeveless tops are acceptable; ladies may not wear strapless, spaghetti-strap, or tank tops. Ladies must wear white blouses; black dresses with white jumpers or button-down sweaters are not acceptable.

The semi-formal dress code for boys is: dress slacks (no jeans or patched pocket pants), a collared dress shirt, dark socks, dress shoes (no sneakers or sandals). No dyed hair or hats. Hair should be trimmed appropriately.

The semi-formal dress code for girls is as follows: modest-length skirts or dresses with hems that approach the knee, or appropriately fitting dress slacks; bare midriffs are not acceptable. Modestly-cut sleeveless tops/dresses are allowed; ladies may not wear strapless, spaghetti-strap, or tank tops. Girls should wear dress shoes. No flip-flops. No dyed hair.