Dress Code

Our dress code, in line with much of our program, is designed to guide students in the process of making solid individual choices that take into account the well-being of the community. As a Quaker school, we feel that it is appropriate for our physical appearance to be a reflection of our institutional values. Along with considering safety, we also want to reflect our belief in simplicity and non-violence. In addition, we want children to wear clothing that is affordable, neat in appearance and comfortable for participating in the variety of daily activities. Children’s clothing should not be a distraction to their own or anyone else’s learning. Based on these values and guidelines, the following items of clothing are not permitted: 

  • camouflage or paramilitary items 
  • depictions of war or other violent acts, sayings or images
  • spaghetti straps 
  • torn clothing 

All heels should be flat for playground safety; no flip-flops are permitted. All blouses, shirts and tops should cover the top of skirt or pant waistbands (no bare midriffs). Hats and hoods are permitted outdoors only.

There are several days each year which are stipulated as special dress days for all students (pre-K to 12). These include: opening assembly, concert days and some field trips. The attire for special dress days is blouses or shirts with collar (tucked in), long dress pants, skirts or dresses. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

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Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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