It is Appling Christian Academy’s belief that developing Christian character includes being disciplined in the area of personal appearance and dress. We believe that
the dress of a student has a direct influence on, and relationship to, his or her attitude and conduct. While ACA does have specific limitations and expectations for student attire, three main
principles dominate our philosophical position. First, we desire modesty, second, neatness, and third, a Christ-like spirit.
Students wearing inappropriate dress will be disciplined and depending on the attire, parents may be asked to bring clothes to the student. Final discretion of
inappropriate dress will be up to the administration.
Appling Christian Academy strongly discourages sloppy, baggy or “grungy” style clothes from being worn to extra-curricular activities or away games. We encourage a
positive well-groomed appearance that is in keeping with the testimony and purpose of our academy. Students may be asked to leave these activities if they are not in compliance with this dress
Hoodies, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts and coats are acceptable outerwear. A collared polo-type shirt must be worn underneath any outerwear garment, including a
button up shirt worn as an outerwear garment. The hood attached to sweatshirts, shirts, or sweaters are not permitted to be used as a head covering while inside the buildings. Outerwear attire may
not have any design or advertisement with suggestive or profane wording, symbols, or gestures. In addition, sexual, violence, gang or weapon connotations or references are not permitted. This policy
includes but is not limited to all clothing, shoes, hats, tote bags, notebooks, backpacks, and jewelry.
Other General Requirements:
- Students should refrain from wearing tight or form fitting clothing.
- No leggings, yoga pants, jeggings, skinny pants/jeans
- Middle and high school male students should be clean shaven.
- PE clothing should be modest fitting, loose and shorts should be to the top of the knee. Shirts with sleeves are
- Except for K3-4th grade students, all other students must wear polo-type shirts with collars.
Shirts must have sleeves (long or short).
- Blankets, throws, and quilts are not permitted to be worn or carried about on campus
- Hair for boys and girls should not be bleached or dyed to an unnatural color. Hair should be clean and neatly
groomed. For boys, the length is to be above the collar, above the eyebrows, and above the ears. Sideburns for boys may extend to the bottom of the ear.
- Visible tattoos (temporary or permanent) or body piercing are not permitted, other than appropriate earrings for
- Sweatpants and warm-up suits are not permitted except for PE.
- Camouflage attire and blue jeans
can only be worn on specifically approved days (such as spirit week and other special events including occasional fundraising activities) for students in K5-grade 12.
- Hoodies (not permitted to be used as a head covering while inside the buildings), hats and sun
glasses may not be worn inside the building.
- Belts worn with pants are not required for K3-4th grade students.
- For girls, dresses and skirt hem lengths should fall to the top of the knee or lower. Slits in skirts and dresses may
not come higher than the knee.
- Modest length and modest fitting shorts and capris (for girls) are permitted for students in K3-Grade 4. Modest and
appropriate length capris are permitted for female students in 5th grade and beyond (minimum length is to the mid-calf or longer).
- For boys, shirts must be tucked in (K3-4th grade students do not have to have shirts tucked in). Girls’
shirts may be untucked as long as the midriff remains covered.
- Boys must wear socks with their shoes.
- Girls may wear socks and stockings.
- Boys and girls may wear slacks. Any color Khaki style/material is acceptable. Denim material of any color is not
- When slacks are worn by students in grades 5-12, they must be full length
Shoes may be casual or athletic.