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Dress Code

DRESSING & GROOMING STANDARDS--Revised for 19-20 school year


SCHOOL UNIFORM DRESS CODE:  Lands’ End is our provider and all items must be purchased from our approved list.  School Uniform must be worn at all times while in classes, classroom buildings, library, and Twomley Hall from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Non-SVA-approved outerwear may not be worn in these places and must be removed upon entering the building.
  • Polos:  Approved polo colors are: navy, white, evergreen, red, pink, and yellow. Nothing can be worn over the polo that isn't from our approved Lands' End school uniform list. Items worn under the polo must be a solid color.
  • Pants
    • No logo required. 
    • Must be properly sized to fit the student.  Slim-fit pants have been removed from our Lands' End list.
    • Must be kept clean and in good repair.  No rips, holes or frayed hems.
  • Skirts:  Must come to the TOP of the knee. Leggings, hose, or tights may be worn under the skirt and must be of solid color.  Jeans, sweatpants and other types of pants are not acceptable under the skirt. 
  • Outerwear:  Only SVA-approved outerwear order from our Lands' End approved list can be worn in classrooms, classroom buildings, library, and Twomley Hall  from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All other outerwear must be removed upon entering the building.
  • Hoodies are not allowed in the above areas from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The SVA Hoodie has been removed from the approved Lands' End list.


Guys:  Dress should match the occasion.

  • Banquet and class dresses/skirts must adhere to the Sabbath Attire guidelines except spaghetti straps are allowed and a halter dress with a neckline and back no lower than the parallel line from armpit to armpit front and back may be worn. Dresses/skirts must be no more than 2” above the knee (walking and standing) and may not be tight or form fitting.
  • All young ladies must have their dresses approved by the dress committee -- No exceptions.

General dress guidelines apply. No tank tops, undershirts, sleepwear, or half T-shirts are acceptable at any time. We ask students to wear Sabbath clothes to lunch on Sabbath; however, ties are not required for the guys.  

General and casual dress guidelines apply in the gym, weight room and during recreation events.  Only non-marking gym shoes are allowed in the gym.
  • Guys -- Shirts must always be worn in mixed company.
  • Girls
    • Spandex gym wear must be covered by regular boxer style shorts of an appropriate length. Tops must meet casual dress guidelines.
    •  Boxer-style shorts are acceptable.  At a minimum, short lengths should be long enough to reach the tips of the fingers when standing and arms are held straight at the sides. 
    •  Tops may be sleeveless with shoulder fabric at least 2” wide. Tops must be long enough to cover the top button of the pants or skirt.
    • Garments should not be tight or form fitting.
  • Guys -- Dress slacks and a dress shirt are required attire for Friday vespers. Shirts must be tucked in.  Dress slacks and dress shirt with a necktie are required for Sabbath services.
  • Girls –
    • , or skirts and blouses, must be worn to all Sabbath services, unless specifically announced by the Dean. Dressy pants may be worn to Friday Vespers.
    • Sleeveless garments are allowed as long as the straps are at least 2” wide.
    •  should be modest in cut and should be no lower than the parallel line from the top of armpit to armpit front and back.
    • Sheer material should be avoided. 
    • Appropriate undergarments should be worn as to maintain modesty.
    • Hemlines should be no more than two-inches above the top of the knee. Slits or openings in skirts/dresses should be modest.
    • Garments should not be tight or form fitting. No leggings of any length are allowed.


Class night dresses may be strapless as long as the neckline is no lower than the parallel line from armpit to armpit front and back.  Consecration dresses must follow the general Sabbath Attire dress/skirt guidelines.  All young ladies must have their dresses approved by the dress committee -- No exceptions.

  • Only modest swim trunks or shorts are allowed.
  • Girls -- Only modest, one-piece swimsuits are allowed and must be approved by the Dean. Bikinis, tankinis, or any other type of two-piece swimsuit are not allowed, even if covered by a t-shirt.


Students who work in the administration building or classroom buildings should remain in School Dress Attire until 3:30 p.m.. Certain campus work areas, such as the cafeteria and plant services, have job-specific work attire guidelines. Those guidelines will be presented to the student workers at the beginning of the year during orientation.


  • 1st  Offense:  Faculty/Staff member will write up behavior in Renweb and e-mail home.
  • 2nd Offense:  Step 1 plus student will have a one-on-one meeting with dean and a call home.
  • 3rd  Offense:  Letter of Advice
  • 4th  Offense:  Letter of Warning
  • 5th  Offense:  Letter of Suspension


We expect each of you to follow the school dress code whenever you are participating in any school sponsored activity whether it is on or off campus, i.e. Vespers, outdoor church, field trips, Saturday night activities, etc. Please see the weekend update for required dress for planned activities.