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Dress Code

Dress and Grooming Standards


The SAE believes there is a direct correlation between the quality of appearance and a sound and safe educational environment. The SAE has a business and arts theme; students will find that it is to their advantage to cultivate an awareness of appearance and behavior which will allow them to interact harmoniously among people of various ethnicities in different situations. Because The SAE is located in the Arts Colony, students must also be aware that each is an ambassador of the school to the business community.


The dress and grooming guidelines listed below are provided to ensure that each SAE student will receive the maximum benefit from his/her surroundings. Student appearance must not be distracting to the learning environment per teacher discretion.

Should student dress or grooming not meet these guidelines, the student may be asked to change out of the offending garment and into "loaner" clothes for the duration of the day, or parents may be called to pick up their child for the day.



  • Students are expected to come to school clean and appropriately dressed and groomed. Clothing should be modest and neat.
  • State law requires that student’s wear shoes on campus at all times.
  • Skirts, shorts and shirts may not be so revealing as to be distracting. Subject to teacher and staff discretion. “Short-shorts” and/or “see-through” clothing are not allowed. “crop-tops” are not allowed; the shirt must cover the student’s stomach.
  • Hair and makeup should not be so unusual as to be distracting.
  • Undergarments should not show.
  • Sexually explicit, racist, or obscene/vulgar clothing is not acceptable. Additionally, clothing, jewelry, slogans, or accessories promoting drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or weapons are strictly prohibited. No gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, materials, apparel, clothing or attire may be worn or carried on campus or at school activities. Also prohibited are notebooks, manner of grooming, or gesture which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, vandalism or any other attribute, denotes membership in such a group.
  • Gang associated styles, such as knee-high tube socks and shorts, collared shirts buttoned to the collar without a tie, etc., are strictly forbidden.
  • Clothing or articles of clothing including but not limited to spiked jewelry and pocket chains which are likely to provoke others to acts of violence or which are likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence are strictly prohibited.
  • Applying makeup, nail polish, hair spray, perfume, etc., in class is prohibited.
  • Hats, skullies, headbands, hoods, bandannas, and sunglasses are not to be worn in the classroom. (Certain head coverings may be permitted for religious reasons, special hat days, or special events). Hats may not be worn backwards or contain gang insignia.
  • Any clothing that inhibits the safety of self or others is prohibited.


Dance Dress Code

Informal dress code is the same as the dress code for a regular school day. For formal dances appropriate clothing is required. Formal dresses must be mid-thigh or longer. Clothing must not reveal undergarments. Slits anywhere on the dress cannot be higher than the thumbs when hands are kept at the side. Formal attire includes tuxes, suits, dress pants and collared dress shirt with a tie. No cut-offs, shorts, or sweat suits. If a student is not dressed in an appropriate formal dance attire, the student will be sent home and no refunds will be given.