One of the many ways Brookfield Academy attempts to prepare students for lives as "responsible, constructive free people" (in the words of the school's mission statement) is by operating with a voluntary dress code, rather than a mandatory uniform policy. BA students are free to learn how to dress responsibly on a voluntary basis in the absence of mandates inherent in a compulsory uniform policy. By establishing reasonable standards for responsible dress, the Academy makes it possible for students to express their individuality, while still exhibiting good taste and proper decorum in accordance with the societal virtues of modesty and propriety.
Students are expected at all times to express their adherence to the Academy ideals in their attire, grooming, and personal demeanor. All grooming should reflect a positive self-image and pride in personal appearance. It is impossible to make precise rules about every item of clothing, but we trust that students will reflect, in their dress, the formal, academic environment of the school.
All shirts must have a collar, such as a knit polo shirt or a button down dress shirt. Turtlenecks are acceptable.
Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
Shirts without collars may be worn if the neckline is modest and the shirt is loose fitting. Shirts must be long enough that the midriff is never exposed. No sheer fabrics.
No spaghetti straps or strapless garments unless a jacket or sweater is worn over the garment. (Straps must cover the entire shoulder.)
Shirts with tails must be tucked in.
No T-shirts, with an exception for BA shirts on designated spirit wear days.
No inappropriate writing or pictures on any shirts.
No tank tops.
No camouflage or Goth-like apparel or accessories.
Clothing must cover all undergarments.
No skin-tight clothing.
No athletic wear during school day.
BA sweatshirts, crew neck or hooded, and warm-up jackets, half-zipped fleece pullovers are allowed if worn over a proper shirt. Sweatshirts are not allowed on designated dress up days. Seniors may wear college sweatshirts.
Spirit Days: BA T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, and approved BA tops may be worn with regular school dress each Monday.
Regular cut cotton, blend, or corduroy pants with a plain or pleated front may be worn.
Pants should be fitted at the waist and should not be saggy or dropped at the crotch.
No blue or faded jeans.
No camouflage or leather.
No yoga pants, stretch pants, jogging pants, wind pants, leggings, or overalls.
Primary & Lower School only: students may wear leggings with an appropriate length top.
No torn, shredded, or frayed pants or shorts.
During the months of August, September, May, and June, shorts no shorter than 3” above the knee and capri/cropped pants may be worn. Styles must adhere to the style and fabric guidelines for pants. No baggy pockets. US girls may not wear shorts.
No bike, athletic, or spandex shorts.
Dresses need not have collars, but all other criteria for blouses/tops must be observed.
Skirts and slits are to be modest.
No torn, shredded, or frayed fabrics.
Primary & Lower School only: Skorts are acceptable if they are of appropriate length and are tailored.
No sports sandals, flip-flops of any type, slippers, “Crocs,” or adventure hiking sandals.
No backless footwear.
Socks must be worn at all times on the Primary School playground.
Hats or other head coverings may not be worn in school.
Coats, winter boots, or other outerwear may not be worn in school.
DRESS UP DAYS
All students are expected to dress up when they represent BA at a sports event with another school. Boys must wear a dress shirt and tie and long pants; girls must wear a dress or skirt. No shorts.
Middle School only: Every Friday is dress-up day.
Upper School only: Every Monday is dress-up day.
DRESS DOWN DAYS
On these special days, it is still regular school dress with the following exceptions. You may wear:
• Athletic sweat pants
• Shorts, in the months of May and September
Modesty is always an expectation.
Must be clean shaven. Sideburns must not extend below the earlobe.
Hair must be neatly combed and may not extend below the eyebrows, below the earlobe, or over the collar.
Haircuts and hair colors must be consistent with the mission and values of the BA community.
Hair must be kept a natural color.
Visible tattoos or body piercings are not allowed (except girls’ ears).
Make-up may not be distracting or excessive.
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