DCI Dress Guidelines


DCI has updated our dress guidelines for the 2017-18 school year.


A key attribute of the IB Learner Profile is “Balanced”: “We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives — intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional — to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.”

In most human societies, different clothing is appropriate for different aspects of life: religious services, athletics, downtime at home, sleeping, etc. Specific requirements for clothing are appropriate for our school as well. While different families have different standards, we are interdependent: we need to create an appropriate educational “world” that works for all of our students.

We expect that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for a school setting and that their choices respect DCI’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. Students who make inappropriate or insensitive choices will be expected to reconsider. DCI’s expectations for appropriate dress encompass the understanding that gender expression is not binary, that racial and cultural influences may inform students’ choices, and that individual self-expression is a natural and important part of human development

And, while there is not a specific uniform, we do expect that students follow the basic guidelines set forth below:  



  • Must cover undergarments at all times
  • Must cover the shoulders, back, front, and midriff area at all times.  Tank tops must have a strap width of at least one inch. No spaghetti straps, low cut necklines, off the shoulder shirts, strapless tops, or muscle shirts may be worn without a sweater/sweatshirt on top.



  • Must cover undergarments at all times
  • Shorts and skirts must be at least fist-length and must not show students’ backsides when leaning over or sitting down
  • Ripped or transparent bottoms are not allowed



  • Must be worn at all times on school grounds
  • May not have heels over 1 inch in height
  • May not be slippers or flip-flops
  • Must be close-toed
  • On PE days, appropriate athletic footwear is required.




Other noteworthy guidelines:

  • DCI may require specific attire, such as business casual, for field trips or special occasions. If students are not wearing appropriate clothing for the field trip or activity, they will not be included in the activity.
  • Logos or garments that promote or advertise alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gang affiliation, nudity, profanity, violence, and/or contain inappropriate saying/pictures are not allowed
  • Pajamas may not be worn as daytime clothes


As we are interdependent with the world in which we live, there may be updates to the dress guidelines as fashions and needs evolve.