Dress Code

The dress code supports the importance of dressing for the occasion, which, in this case, is the pursuit of learning. Tower's dress code provides flexibility for individual expression.


Shirts

  • School-appropriate graphics are permitted.
  • Clothing may be solid or patterned, without type.
  • Shirts must cover the midriff.
  • Logos are permitted, but may not exceed 3” in diameter.
  • Shoulders must be covered with a minimum of 3” of fabric.
  • Examples of permitted necklines are: collar, crew, Henley, and moderate scoop.
     

Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Dresses and Tunics

  • Clothing may be solid or patterned.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, and tunics will be at least fingertip length measured from a standing position.
  • Leggings or yoga pants may be worn if paired with shorts, skirts, dresses or tunics that meet the fingertip standard. Leggings and yoga pants may not be worn as pants by themselves without appropriate cover up.
  • Athletic shorts and sweatpants are not permitted.
  • Blue jeans may not be worn. Denim pants, skirts, shorts of other colors are permitted.
     

Shoes, Sneakers and Sandals

  • Footwear must be in good repair.
  • Slippers and high heels are not permitted.
  • Footwear must have an outdoor sole.
  • Shearling style and fashion boots are permitted.
  • Winter boots are limited to outdoor use.
     

Additional Guidelines

  • Hooded garments, including hooded sweatshirts, may not be worn inside the school building.
  • Tower sweatshirts, fleece and shirts are always permitted.
  • Hats may not be worn inside the school building.
  • Coats and jackets, with the exception of fleece, may not be worn as sweaters.
  • Torn, ripped, oversized, camouflage and military clothing are not permitted.
  • Special functions may require more formal wear. Please see below.
  • Students in 8th grade, third trimester, may wear sweatshirts, fleece, and shirts from their intended secondary schools.
  • Exceptions to the dress code may apply for cultural or religious reasons.

     

Dress Code for Special Events

STUDENT ATTIRE AND FOOTWEAR FOR THE WINTER CONCERT, ARTS FESTIVAL AND MAY DAY CONCERT
Parents often ask, "What do students wear?" We suggest clothing that is a bit dressier than everyday school attire. Frequently-chosen clothing includes: dress pants, dressy shorts, khakis, blouses, sweaters, dresses, skirts, polo shirts, button-down shirts, coat and tie. Please remember that clothing must be within dress code. Dresses and skirts must be fingertip length or longer.

We ask that students choose shoes that allow them to participate fully in any dance, instrumental or choral activities planned. Third graders, in particular, should select shoes that fit securely to their feet for the traditional May pole dance (feel free to bring shoes in to try during rehearsals.)


SEMI-FORMAL, GRADES 6, 7 & 8
Dress guidelines for the evening area as follows: Jackets and ties, dresses, skirts or dressy pants. Please be mindful that this is a school event; students should dress in keeping with Tower standards. Students may also 
choose to dress up appropriately and according to the theme of the night.


AWARDS NIGHT, GRADES 7 & 8
Dress code includes, shirt, tie and dress pants, a dress, skirt or pants.


CLOSING EXERCISES, GRADE 8
Blue blazer, white dress shirt, tie, dress pants and dress shoes (no sneakers) white dress or dressy white pants and shoes. Keep in mind that students will be walking up and down stairs and risers and should choose footwear that will allow them to do so safely.


CLOSING EXERCISES, GRADES 6 & 7
Jacket, dress shirt (not white), tie, trousers and dress shoes (no sneakers), dress (not white) or dressy pants (not white) and shoes.
 

 

 

Wear This, Not That


This logo size meets the dress code.This logo exceeds the 3" maximum size.


Leggings and yoga pants may be worn, when paired with a skirt or top of at least fingertip length.Leggings and yoga pants may not be worn unless paired with a skirt or top of at least fingertip length.


These boots are designed for indoor and outdoor use.These boots are designed for outdoor use.


These shoes have an outdoor sole that offers stability during classwork and recess.These shoes do not offer stability during classwork and recess.


Dress Code Expectations

The dress code is enforced by all faculty. We expect students and families to support the dress code and to direct questions to teachers or advisors. As needed, we may include other articles of clothing in the dress code should we feel that they are unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit of the Tower School Dress Code.

Dress Code Infractions

Faculty will review the Dress Code with students during the first week of school. We encourage students who have questions about the appropriateness of their attire to check with homeroom teachers and/or advisors before wearing the clothing in question to school. Allowances will be made for oversights at the beginning of the school year.

Violations of the Dress Code will be handled by homeroom teachers (LS) or Advisors (US) unless a pattern emerges, in which case, parents will be notified. Appropriate consequences will be determined based on the type and frequency of infractions. In the Upper School, written warnings may be issued to students who exhibit a pattern of abusing the Dress Code.