Dress Code Policies
Mount Airy Christian Academy believes that what students wear strongly influences their behavior. Therefore, having an appropriate dress code is vital to school culture. The dress code at MACA serves a three-fold purpose: to encourage modesty, to promote unity, and to cultivate a scholarly environment.
All students may wear khaki or navy uniform pants. Students may also wear khaki or navy uniform shorts (until October 31 and after March 31). Belts must be worn at all times with looped pants or shorts and must be solid brown, black, or navy.
Girls may also wear khaki or navy skirts, falling to the top of the knee. A slit may not go higher than 2” above the knee. Girls in K-5 may also wear khaki or navy jumpers or skorts falling to the top of the knee.
All students must wear solid-colored polos as follows:
- K-8: navy, white or light blue. They must be plain or with the MACA logo, and may be short or long sleeved.
- 9-12: navy, white, light blue, burgundy, pink or black. High school polos must have the MACA logo on them and be short sleeved.
All students may only wear a long sleeved white T-shirt underneath their polo. All students may wear solid sweaters in navy, white or gray. All students may wear MACA sweatshirts and hoodies in class.
Students must wear brown, black, tan, or navy school shoes (such as loafers, oxfords, Sperry’s, TOMS, etc.) with matching laces. Shoes must be closed toe and heel and heels must be no higher than one and one-half inches. Tennis shoes may also be worn and must be black. They may have a small symbol or label in gray or white. Tennis shoes soles and laces must be black or white.
Socks must be solid white, khaki, navy, gray or black. Solid white or navy tights may be worn under a skirt.
Accessories such as jewelry and makeup will be permitted, however they may not be a distraction. A student may not have any visible tattoos. The only visible piercings allowed are in the ear. The Administration reserves the right to ask the student to remove accessories and makeup should they be extreme and a distraction.
Students should have natural hair colors and styles. Extreme haircuts, styles, colors are not acceptable (such as Mohawks, partial shaved heads, etc.). Boys’ hair must be trimmed above the ear and shirt collar and may not hang down over the eyebrows. Students’ hair must be to school code for the first day of school; athletes hair must be to code for the first day of practice for fall sports.
The Chapel uniform is for all students K-12 and is required every Thursday of the school year. Students must wear khaki pants or shorts (dependent upon the time of year); girls have the additional option of khaki skirts. (Khaki jumpers or skorts are permitted at the elementary level for the girls.)
All students must wear a navy polo. Students may wear a solid navy, white or gray sweater. Tennis shoes and MACA hoodies/sweatshirts are not part of the Chapel uniform. Standard uniform rules are to be followed for socks, belts, and accessories.
Physical Education Uniform
Any student taking Physical Education (PE classes) will be required to dress in the MACA PE uniform. Elementary students will wear their PE uniform to school on the day they have class; secondary students will change into their PE uniform prior to PE class.
The PE uniform must be purchased from MACA and consists of a MACA gray PE t-shirt, MACA navy blue PE shorts, and a MACA sweatshirt (navy crew or hoodie with lion). Students must also wear tennis shoes and white socks.
Students may wear the PE shorts through October 31 and after March 31. During the middle months elementary students must wear solid navy sweatpants (purchased anywhere) or MACA solid navy sweatpants; secondary students may wear solid navy sweatpants or athletic pants.
Dress Down Days
The first Friday of every month is a dress down day for all students. High school students will also receive a dress down day on the third Friday of each month. These days are a privilege and should be treated as such. Acceptable clothing for dress down days include:
- jeans, athletic pants, sweatpants, capris and khakis in good condition (no rips or holes)
- appropriate shirts (no inappropriate slogans or pictures; no tank tops)
- Shorts must be mid-thigh in length (acceptable through October 31 and after March 31).
- Casual shoes (please remember normal school activities will take place, such as recess, PE, etc.).
- Sweatshirts (no inappropriate slogans or pictures) and sweaters
Students may not wear leggings (or jeggings) or hats. If a student is out of dress code, parents will be called to bring a change of clothes and a dress code violation will be issued. Students who repeatedly violate this code may lose their dress down privilege.