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 shirt must be worn underneath any outerwear garment. 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,
- 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 K3-2nd grade students, all other students must wear polo-type shirts
with collars. Shirts or tops must have sleeves (long or short).
- 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.
- Tattoos (visible, 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-grade12.
- Hats and sun glasses may not be worn inside the building.
- Belts worn with pants are not required for K3-2nd 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 skorts (for girls) are permitted for students in K3-Grade 5. Shorts are
not permitted for students in 6th grade and beyond with the exception of PE (see requirements for PE).
- For boys in grades 6th-12th, shirts must be tucked in. Girls’ shirts may be untucked as long as the midriff remains
- Boys must wear socks with their shoes.
- Boys and girls may wear slacks. Denim material of any color is not allowed.
- Shoes may be casual or athletic.