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STANDARD OF DRESS

The purpose of a dress code is to ultimately glorify God. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31). The Scriptures also admonish us to be modest in our dress (I Timothy 2:8-9). There is not perfect agreement among believers as to the definition of modesty, but in principle, we can all agree that modesty reflects character. Beyond this, dress code becomes a matter of institutional preference. We do not want the dress code to be our emphasis. We are a Christian school and we want the study of God’s world through the lens of Scripture to be our focus.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STANDARD OF DRESS

Fit

All clothing must be neat, modest, appropriate, and properly sized. Tops must be short or long-sleeved and must completely cover the midsection when standing and with normal movement. Bottoms must sit at the waist. Shorts cannot be more than three inches above the middle of the knee when standing.

Boys

Fit

All clothing must be neat, modest, appropriate, and properly sized. Tops must be short or long-sleeved and must completely cover the midsection when standing and with normal movement. Bottoms must sit at the waist. Shorts cannot be more than three inches above the middle of the knee when standing.

Tops

• Solid-colored or striped polo shirt
• Solid-colored, button-down dress shirt
• PVCA logo sweatshirt

Additional Layers

• Solid-colored sweater or sweater vest
• Solid-colored full-zip hoodie
• Solid-colored quarter-zip performance top
• Solid-colored fleece
• Solid-colored blazer

A TOP (as defined above) must be worn under any ADDITIONAL LAYERS.

Bottoms

• Solid-colored jeans/jean shorts
• Solid-colored chino pants
• Solid-colored cargo pants/shorts
• Walking shorts
• Solid-colored elastic waist pants that meet the FIT requirements

Bottoms cannot be ripped or torn and must have a finished hem. Bottoms cannot be made of an athletic material.

Hair

Hair should be clean and neatly styled with eyes and the bottom half of ear visible. Hair length may not extend past the top of a polo shirt collar. Hair dye is permitted in natural hair colors.

Girls

Fit

All clothing must be neat, modest, appropriate, and properly sized. Tops must be short or long-sleeved and must completely cover the midsection when standing and with normal movement. Bottoms must sit at the waist. Dresses, jumpers, skirts, and shorts cannot be more than three inches above the middle of the knee when standing.

Tops

• Solid-colored or striped polo shirt
• Solid-colored, button-down dress shirt
• PVCA logo sweatshirt

Additional Layers

• Solid-colored sweater or sweater vest
• Solid-colored cardigan
• Solid-colored full-zip hoodie
• Solid-colored quarter-zip performance top
• Solid-colored fleece
• Solid-colored blazer

A TOP (as defined above) must be worn under any ADDITIONAL LAYERS.

Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts

• Solid-colored polo dress
• Solid-colored or plaid jumper
• Solid-colored or patterned skirts (no sequins, sheer material, or tulle)

Modesty shorts or leggings must be worn under a polo dress, jumper, or skirt.

Bottoms

• Solid-colored jeans/jean shorts/jean skirts
• Solid-colored chino pants
• Solid-colored capris
• Solid-colored cargo pants/cargo shorts
• Walking shorts
• Solid-colored elastic waist pants that meet the FIT requirements

Bottoms cannot be ripped or torn and must have a finished hem. Bottoms cannot be made of an athletic material. Leggings may not be worn as pants.

Hair

Hair must be clean and neatly styled. Hair dye is permitted in natural hair colors.

Footwear

• Sneakers with non-marking soles
• Dress shoes with non-marking soles, clog style shoes/crocs, and leather sandals with heel straps
• For safety reasons, no flip-flops or athletic slides
NOTE: Sneakers are required for physical education class.

Picture Day

On individual picture day, students may wear clothing of their choice that meets the FIT requirements as outlined above.

Other

Hats, head coverings, facial or body piercings (with the exception of pierced ears for girls), are not permitted. Male students may wear ties or bow ties in any color or pattern with any solid-colored, button-down dress shirt. Female students may wear dress scarves in any color or pattern.

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
STANDARD OF DRESS

The PVCA logo is no longer required on polo shirts.

School Colors for Tops: Polo shirts can be any solid color.
School Colors for Bottoms: Bottoms must be tan, khaki, gray, black, or navy blue.
School Colors for Jeans: Jeans are permitted in either denim blue or black.

 

Young Men

Fit

All clothing must be neat, modest, appropriate, and properly sized. Tops must be short or long-sleeved and must completely cover the midsection when standing and with normal movement. Bottoms should sit at the waist. Shorts cannot be more than three inches above the middle of the knee when standing.

Tops

• Solid-colored polo shirt (any color, no PVCA logo required)
• White or light blue button-down dress shirt
• PVCA logo sweatshirt
• PVCA logo hoodie
• PVCA logo tops issued by the school or athletic department meeting the       
    FIT requirements

PVCA athletic T-shirts are not permitted

Additional Layers

A PVCA logo is not required on additional layers. 
• Solid-colored sweater or sweater vest
• Solid-colored quarter-zip performance top
• Solid-colored full-zip hoodie
• Solid-colored fleece
• Solid-colored blazer

A TOP (as defined above) must be worn under any ADDITIONAL LAYERS.

Bottoms

• Jeans in School Colors for Jeans
• Chino pants in School Colors for Bottoms
• Dress pants in School Colors for Bottoms
• Cargo pants/shorts in School Colors for Bottoms
• Walking shorts in School Colors for Bottoms

Bottoms cannot be ripped or torn and must have a finished hem. Bottoms cannot be made of an athletic material. No jean shorts are permitted.

Hair

Hair must be clean and neatly styled with eyes and the bottom half of ear visible. Hair length may not extend past the top of a polo shirt collar. Facial hair must be neatly trimmed. Hair dye is permitted in natural hair colors.

Young Women

Fit

All clothing must be neat, modest, appropriate, and properly sized. Tops must be short or long-sleeved and must completely cover the midsection when standing and with normal movement. Bottoms should sit at the waist. Skirts and shorts cannot be more than three inches above the middle of the knee when standing.

Tops

• Solid-colored polo shirt (any color, no PVCA logo required)
• White or light blue button-down dress shirt
• PVCA logo sweatshirt
• PVCA logo hoodie
• PVCA logo tops issued by the school or athletic department meeting the       
    FIT requirements

PVCA athletic T-shirts are not permitted

Additional Layers

A PVCA logo is not required on additional layers.
• Solid-colored sweater or sweater vest
• Solid-colored quarter-zip performance top
• Solid-colored full-zip hoodie
• Solid-colored fleece
• Solid-colored blazer

A TOP (as defined above) must be worn under any ADDITIONAL LAYERS.

Bottoms
  • Jeans/jean skirts in School Colors for Jeans
  • Skirts in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Capris in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Chino pants in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Dress pants in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Cargo pants/shorts in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Walking shorts in School Colors for Bottoms
  • Leggings (in School Colors for Bottoms) can only be worn under skirts.

Bottoms cannot be ripped or torn and must have a finished hem. Bottoms cannot be made of an athletic material. No jean shorts are permitted.

Hair

Hair must be clean and neatly styled. Hair dye is permitted in natural hair colors.

Footwear

Any shoe intended for outdoor wear is permitted including moccasins, flip flops, and slides. Bedroom slippers are not permitted.

Picture Day

On individual picture day, students may wear clothing of their choice as long as it meets the FIT requirements as outlined above.

Other

Hats, head coverings, facial or body piercings (except for pierced ears for girls), are not permitted. Male students may wear ties and bow ties in any color or pattern with a white or light blue button-down dress shirt. Female students may wear dress scarves in any color or pattern.

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

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Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy is one of New England's Private Christian Schools located in Springfield, MA. We offer students access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy stands apart from other outstanding schools in New England by combining an exceptional education with Christian faith.

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the academy. The academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid, athletics, and other school-administered programs.