Dress Code Guidelines

The Lawson Academy student dress code is devised by a committee composed of students, parents, teachers, and the administrative staff. It is our collective belief that students develop school pride not only by attaining honor in extracurricular activities and in scholastic accomplishments, but also by maintaining high standards of behavior which are reflected in their dress and grooming.

Boys and girls are expected to be clean, neat and appropriately dressed each day. Hairstyles and fashions, which cause or may cause a distraction are unacceptable. Appropriate undergarments are expected.

The administration of The Lawson Academy reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of clothing and/or accessories.The Dress Code Policy will be enforced with consistency. The student dress code applies to all students while they are on campus, whether during the instructional day or during ancillary classes other than sports. Determination of the appropriateness of attire for special events/activities rests ultimately with the faculty/staff and administrators. Violations of The Lawson Academy Dress Code will result in disciplinary action.

Dress Code Violation Procedures

1st Violation Phone call to the parent and a violation letter sent home with the student.
2nd Violation Parent Conference and loss of school privilege, including enrichment activity.
3rd Violation Detention and/or other consequence determined by Director of Schools.

If the violation is one that can be corrected, such as removing a colored undershirt, it should be done so immediately. If a student is not wearing the appropriate top or bottom, a phone call will be made to the parent in an attempt to correct the problem. Frequent violations of the Student Dress Code could lead to more serious consequences up to and including detention and/or civil remuneration.

Fourfold Policy

1. To insure the health and safety of everyone in the learning community.
2. To foster a positive orderly school climate for optimal academic success.
3. To avoid unacceptable disruptions to the learning environment.
4. To expose students to appropriate dress habits in preparation for the professional workplace.


• Hair must be the student’s natural hair color.
• Hair must be neatly combed and clean. Locks or braids must be maintained.
• All grooming is conducted at home; no brushes or combs should be visible during the school day.
• Certain extreme hairstyles (fauxhawks, mohawks, designs, names etched in hair or eyebrows) will not be permitted.
• The following are not permitted: do-rags, skullcaps, bandanas, wigs, false eyelashes.
• Hats, caps, hoodies, and scarves may be worn during the winter months only, but they must be removed before entering the school.
• For girls, only hair bows that are maroon, grey, black or Parker’s plaid are permitted.
• All fingernails should be of natural shape, length and color.

Jewelry and Accessories

• Expensive or irreplaceable jewelry should not be worn to school.
• For the purpose of safety, particularly in lab settings, female scholars should not wear dangling accessories.
• Male scholars are not to wear earrings at all.
• Sunglasses, 3-D glasses, colorful plastic necklaces or bracelets, or any accessories not mentioned in the Dress Code policy are not permitted.

Girls’ Dress Code
• White long-sleeved or short-sleeved white dress shirt, featuring a collar that buttons down.
• Parker’s uniform plaid skirt.
• Parker’s uniform grey pants.
• Black V-neck sweater vest.
• Black belt (with pants ONLY).
• Appropriate grade-level tie.
• The Lawson Academy patch.
• Black, close-toed , flat dress shoes.
• White or Black dress socks (athletic socks are not acceptable).

Boys’ Dress Code
• White long-sleeved or short-sleeved white dress shirt, featuring a collar that buttons down.
• Parker’s uniform black pants.
• Parker’s uniform grey pants.
• Black belt.
• Black V-neck sweater vest.
• Appropriate grade-level tie.
• The Lawson Academy patch.
• Black dress shoes.
• Black dress socks.