Dress Code & Grooming

MCA takes a stand for modesty as taught in the Word of God. It is vital that proper dress code and grooming be upheld. The school requires uniforms to achieve neatness, consistency, and modesty. Administration reserves the right to disapprove of any trends in hairstyles, makeup, or any attire that is deemed inappropriate.

Grooming

Boys’ hair is to be cut neatly and conservatively, absent wedge lines, spikes, or dye. Boys’ hair will not be shaggy, will be well groomed, and will not touch the collar of the shirt nor extend over the top of the ear. No mustaches or beards are permitted and young men must be clean shaven. Sideburns will be neatly trimmed and may not extend below the lobe of the ear.

Girls’ hair is to be conservative in style and consistent with a traditionally feminine appearance. Styles that reflect a worldly appearance such as dyeing hair extreme colors is prohibited.

Students in violation of school dress code will receive a dress code violation. Students in grades seven through twelve who receive three dress code violations in a nine-week period will be issued a detention. Persistent violations in dress code will be deemed as a more serious disciplinary problem and will result in progressive discipline.

Body Piercing/Tattoos

  • Absolutely no body piercing or tattoos (temporary or permanent, seen or unseen) are permitted.
  • Students are not to write or draw on their bodies.
  • Only female students are permitted to wear earrings. No more than two pairs of earrings may be worn at any given time, and earrings may be worn only in the lobe area of the ear.
  • Teachers and administration reserve the right to ask a student to remove any jewelry that is distracting to the teaching environment.

Uniforms

All school uniform clothing must be purchased from the following retail location:

Shaheen's (Formerly Educational Outfitters)
2656 Sharon Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
513-771-1234
shaheens.com

Elementary Girls (K through 6)

  • Tops:

    • White Peter Pan blouse, long or short sleeved
    • White or light blue polo, long or short sleeved
    • Only white undershirts may be worn with uniform shirts.
    • Shirts must always be tucked into skirts.
  • Bottoms:

    • Navy jumper (K-6th grade) that is to the knee in length.
    • Navy uniform shorts that are to the knee in length*
      • Shorts may not be worn October through March. Administration may extend the time shorts are allowed based upon the current weather conditions. This will be communicated in the classroom as well as through FACTS SIS.
    • Dark-colored shorts may be worn under jumpers for modesty, providing they are no longer than the top of the knee.
    • Navy skirt (with short inset) that is to the knee in length.
  • Footwear:

    • Soft sole casual shoes appropriate for school or gym shoes.
    • Backless shoes, sandals, slippers, flip flops, etc. may not be worn to school.
    • If snow boots are worn in the winter, students must change into other shoes upon arriving at school.
    • Socks or tights must be worn at all times.
    • Navy, black, or dark grey ankle length leggings are permitted.
  • Outerwear:

    • Fleece with 1/4 zip
    • Navy or white sweater
    • Navy vest (4th–6th only)
    • Approved spirit wear (purchased at school)
  • Makeup and Jewelry:

    • Jewelry may be worn in moderation (no more than two pairs of earrings per ear in the lobe area only).
    • Makeup is not permitted to be worn nor may it be brought to school. Body and hair glitter is not permitted. Only light nail polish is permitted. No false fingernails are to be worn.
*updated 6/29/20

Elementary Boys (K through 6)

  • Shirts:

    • White or light blue Oxford, long or short sleeved
    • White or light blue polo, long or short sleeved
    • Shirts must be buttoned except for the top button and always tucked neatly into pants.
    • Only white undershirts may be worn with uniform shirts.
  • Pants:

    • Navy pants (pulled up around the waist) and dark-colored belt must be worn at all times.
    • Navy uniform shorts (K-3rd grade only) that are to the knee in length*
      • Shorts may not be worn October through March. Administration may extend the time shorts are allowed based upon the current weather conditions. This will be communicated in the classroom as well as through FACTS SIS.
  • Footwear:

    • Soft sole casual shoes appropriate for school or gym shoes
    • Backless shoes, sandals, slippers, flip flops, etc. may not be worn to school.
    • If snow boots are worn in the winter, students must change into other shoes upon arriving at school.
    • Socks must be worn at all times.
  • Outerwear:

    • Fleece with 1/4 zip
    • Navy or white sweater
    • Navy vest (4th–6th only)
    • Approved spirit wear (purchased at school)
  • Jewelry:

    • No jewelry may be worn with the exception of a watch or medical alert bracelets or necklaces, etc.
*updated 8/14/19

Grades 7 through 12 Young Ladies - Classroom

  • Tops:

    • White 3/4 sleeve blouse
    • Only white undergarments may be worn with uniform blouse.
    • Black or navy polo
    • Shirts must be buttoned, except for the top button, and must always be tucked into skirts.
    • If an undershirt is worn, it must either be white or the color of the polo or blouse.
    • Long-sleeved undershirts worn under a short-sleeved polo must match the polo in color.
  • Bottoms:

    • Khaki or navy skirt that is to the knee in length.
  • Footwear:

    • Soft sole casual shoes appropriate for school (no gym or athletic shoes) No loud colors.
    • Backless shoes, sandals, slippers, flip flops, etc. may not be worn to school.
    • If snow boots are worn in the winter, students must change into other shoes upon arriving at school.
    • Hosiery or socks must be worn at all times.
    • Undergarments must not extend below the hem of the skirt.
    • Leggings must be ankle length and must be navy, black, or dark gray. No patterns.
  • Outerwear:

    • Navy vest
    • Approved spirit wear (purchased at school)
    • School fleece
  • Makeup and Jewelry:

    • Jewelry may be worn in moderation (no more than two pairs of earring per ear in the lobe area only). Teachers and administration reserve the right to ask a student to remove any jewelry that is distracting to the teaching environment.
    • Makeup and nail polish may be worn in moderation. Body and hair glitter is not permitted.

Grades 7 through 12 Young Men - Classroom

  • Shirts:

    • Light blue Oxford
    • Black, navy or white polo, long or short sleeved
    • Shirts must be buttoned, except for the top button, and always tucked neatly into pants.
    • If an undershirt is worn, it must either be white or the color of the polo.
    • Long-sleeved undershirts worn under a short-sleeved polo must match the polo in color.
  • Pants:

    • Khaki or navy pants (pulled up around the waist) and dark solid colored belt must be worn at all times.
  • Footwear:

    • Soft sole casual shoes appropriate for school (no gym or athletic shoes) No bright colors.
    • Backless shoes, sandals, slippers, flip flops, etc. may not be worn to school.
    • If snow boots are worn in the winter, students must change into other shoes upon arriving at school.
    • Socks will be worn at all times.
  • Outerwear:

    • Navy vest
    • Approved spirit wear (purchased at school)
    • School fleece
  • Jewelry:

    • No jewelry may be worn with the exception of a watch or medical alert bracelets or necklaces, etc.

Outer Garments - All Students

Jackets and coats may not be worn during school hours unless permission is given by a particular teacher during that particular class.

Physical Education - Grades 7 through 9

All students participating in Physical Education will wear the P. E. uniform that is sold in the Bulldog Bookstore. Gym shoes must be worn for this class in order for the student to be considered prepared for class.

Extracurricular Activities, Field Trips, Etc. - All Students

While modesty is always a requirement, we do allow students to dress casually and comfortably for certain extracurricular events such as sports program attendance, and field trips where outside activity prevails. Attire that reflects worldly themes or inappropriate images or verbiage may never be worn.

  • Young Ladies:

    • Modest, loose-fitting sleeved blouse or shirt that covers the midriff
    • Loose-fitting shorts that come to the knee
    • Modest and appropriate pants or capris
    • Loose-fitting denim skirts that come to the knee
  • Young Men:

    • Sleeved t-shirts or polo shirts
    • Jeans or shorts that come to the knee

Homecoming

Homecoming is a formal event for those in the court and requires a specific dress. Students not involved in the Homecoming court will abide by the extracurricular activities dress code outlined in the handbook. Persons who fail to meet the following dress code may be asked to leave.

  • Young Ladies:

    • All dresses must be approved in advance at scheduled dress checks.
    • The neckline of dresses must be no lower than the width of three fingers below the opening of the collar bone.
    • The back of the dress must be as high as the front of the dress.
    • No sleeveless, strapless, or spaghetti-strapped dresses are to be worn without a jacket or shawl/wrap.
    • Shawls/wraps will not be sheer or see-through and must be attached at all times.
    • All dresses must completely cover the knee when seated.
    • No slit may come higher than the bottom of the knee.
    • Dresses may not be form-fitting (tight).
    • Undergarments or lines may not be revealed.
    • If any sheer material is worn, it must have a lining.
  • Young Men:

    • Boys must wear dress pants, a dress shirt, dress shoes, belt, and tie.
    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
    • Ties must be tied and worn properly at all times.

Uniform Exchange

The school maintains a uniform exchange program that allows parents to donate, purchase, or exchange uniform clothing. Only clothing in good repair will be accepted or sold. Contact the school office for information.