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Dress Code

    Boys | Girls | General | Town Dress

    Our goal is to maintain criteria for dress and grooming that fosters pride in self and respect for School standards. Students are expected to dress in clean neat clothing that fit well and are in good repair, modest in style and appropriate for the occasion. An unkempt appearance and/or extremes of dress or appearance are not acceptable at Asheville School. Appropriateness of dress is at the sole discretion of the administration/faculty. The School has three categories to its dress code:

    • Classroom Dress – worn throughout the academic day from breakfast until the end of the last class period, and at all community events such as seated meals, Chapels/Vespers, Required Convocations, etc. 
    • Spirit Dress – worn on Tuesdays and at other times when announced
    • Town Dress – worn during free time when not otherwise wearing Classroom or Spirit Dress

    Classroom Dress for Boys (top)

    Shirts
    Only dress, collared, designed-to-be-worn-with-a-tie shirts with long or short sleeves are to be worn for classroom dress. Shirts must be tucked in at all times and must be buttoned all the way to and including the neck button. Shirts must be a loose fit and may not be manufactured primarily with lycra or spandex. No corduroy, denim or flannel material.

    Ties
    Ties must be worn properly tied at the neck. Long or bow ties are acceptable. No bolo ties or ascots may be worn.

    Pants
    Dress Pants made of a cotton, cotton blend, wool, or wool blend fabric are required for classroom dress. Pants must be a dress pant fit - no form-fitting, tight, jean-cut, cargo, painter-style, hip hugger, denim, spandex, or capri pants are allowed. Pants must be worn at the waist and must be worn with a belt.

    Blazers
    Blazers or sport coats must be of a professional style. No zippers, leather, suede, imitation leather or suede, denim, neoprene, fleece, Pea Coats, sweaters or outer wear jackets may be worn in place of a blazer of sport coat. Suits may be worn.

    Shoes

    Dress shoes with dress socks must be worn. Birkenstock-type clogs are acceptable if worn with dress socks.


    Classroom Dress for Girls (top)

    Shirts
    Only dress, collared, "designed-to-be-worn-with-a-tie" shirts with long or short sleeves are to be worn for classroom dress. Girls do not wear ties but may wear dress scarves. Shirts must be tucked in at all times and must be buttoned all the way except the neck button. Shirts must be a loose fit and may not be manufactured primarily with lycra or spandex. No corduroy, denim or flannel material.

    Blazers
    Blazers or sport coats must be of a professional style. No zippers, leather, suede, imitation leather or suede, denim, neoprene, fleece, Pea Coats, sweaters, or outer wear jackets may be worn in place of a blazer or sport coat. Suits may be worn.

    Pants
    Dress Pants made of a cotton, cotton blend, wool, or wool blend fabric are required for classroom dress. Pants must be a dress pant fit - no form-fitting, tight, jean-cut, cargo, painter-style, hip hugger, denim, lycra, spandex, or capri pants are allowed. Pants must be worn with a belt.

    Skirts
    In place of dress pants, girls may wear skirts that are appropriate to be worn with a tucked-in dress shirt. Skirts must be of the type that would be appropriate for a professional job (bank or legal office) interview. The skirts must be below the knee or under no circumstances shorter than the knee. Any slits or kick pleats must not be above the knee. Skirts must be a dress skirt fit - no form-fitting, tight skirts are allowed. Denim skirts are not allowed, and skirts may not be manufactured primarily with lycra or spandex.

    Sweaters
    Professional looking, cardigan sweaters may be worn with dresses. Sweaters and also sweater vests may be worn with a collared shirt in combination with skirts and pants but may not be substituted for a blazer. Sweaters may not have zippers or hoods. Sweaters may be crew neck or v-heck pullovers or dress cardigans. Twin sets are not allowed.

    Shoes
    Shoes must be a conservative, dress shoe. No flip-flops, cowboy boots, moccasins or house slippers may be worn. Heels must be no greater than 2 inches. Girls are not required to wear socks except when wearing any shoe that is typical of what a boy might wear (birkenstocks, boat shoes, etc.).

    Dresses
    Wearing dresses is a privilege within the confines of Classroom Dress. While girls may choose to wear dresses, choosing to do so exposes girls to a more particular scrutiny. If there is any doubt, girls should choose to wear dress pants or skirts. The privilege of wearing a dress during classroom dress times may be revoked at the discretion of the Student Affairs Office.

    Dresses must be of the type that would be appropriate for a professional job (bank or legal office) interview. Not only must the décolletages be conservative, but while standing OR SEATED, the dress may only show a modest amount of leg. The dress must hang below the knee or under no circumstances be above the knee. Any slits or kick pleats must not be above the knee.
     
    Dresses must have a shoulder width of at least 2 inches (3 fingers is a good tool). No spaghetti straps, strapless or thin strapped dresses are allowed.

    Dresses must be a conservative fit - no form-fitting, tight dresses are allowed. Denim, flannel or t-shirt material dresses are not allowed, and dresses may not be manufactured primarily with lycra or spandex.

    Dresses may not have any visible cleavage. Dresses that require camisoles or undershirts in order to cover cleavage are not acceptable.


    Classroom Dress for Boys and Girls (top)

    • Blouses and shirts must be of a length to tuck in and must be tucked in at all times.
    • All pants and skirts must be hemmed.
    • Blazers may be removed while attending classes.
    • No tank tops, baseball caps, athletic shoes, flip-flops, shower or bedroom shoes
    • No "costumes" or radical clothing
    • No denim, leather, suede, imitation leather or suede, flannel, work-shirts, or polo-type shirts
    • No work boots, hiking boots or Doc Marten-type boots
    • No outerwear
    • No boots unless they are worn for warmth when winter temperatures are predicted to be near freezing
    • No Cowboy boots or "Ugg" boots with dresses or skirts
    • No athletic wear
    • No sweatshirts


    Town Dress (top)

    Town dress is casual clothing that students would wear during their free time. Town dress does not ever allow patched, tattered, cut, torn, or frayed pants or shirts. Students may not wear pajamas as a part of town dress; pajamas stay on the dormitory halls.
     
    Town dress includes jeans, t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, athletic shoes, flip-flops, etc. An unkempt appearance and/or extremes of dress or appearance are not acceptable; students are expected to dress in clothing that fits well, is in good repair, and is modest in style.

    Spirit Dress

    Spirit Dress is simple. An Official Asheville School t-shirt or sweatshirt on top with Jeans or Khaki pants on the bottom. No shorts, no sweatpants. Only full length jeans or khakis with an Asheville School top.

    No non-Asheville School outerwear may be worn over the Asheville School t-shirt/sweatshirt. The logo must be showing hence promoting School Spirit. Violators will lose the privilege of wearing spirit dress on future spirit dress days.

    General Appearance

    • Clothing or accessories with printed statements or symbols referring to drugs or alcohol, or containing racist, sexist, sexual, insensitive or divisive remarks may never be worn.
    • Boys may not wear earrings at any time. Other forms of body piercing are prohibited.
    • Girls may wear earrings only in their ears. Other forms of body piercing are prohibited.
    • Students may not have any visible tattoos.
    • Students may not wear tattered, torn, cut, patched, or frayed clothing at any time.
    • Undergarments should never be visible (bra straps, boxers, etc.)
    • Students are expected to enter Sharp Dining Hall, Mitchell Hall, and Skinner Library well groomed.
    • Any radical hairstyle is prohibited (e.g. a bald or partially shaven head, punk style, or inappropriately bleached or colored hair).
    • Hair must remain within a slight variation of the person's natural color.
    • For boys, hair must be combed and neat. Hair should fall above chin level when hanging freely and must stay out of the face.
    • No facial hair.

    Consequences for Dress Code Violations

    • The consequence for a dress code violation is 5 demerits.
    • The consequences for hair violations include restriction to campus and a visit to a school-chosen barber.

School Supplies

(Many of these items are also available in the School bookstore)

  • pens, pencils, erasers (with a pencil bag/pouch)
  • starter supply of paper (lined and graph)
  • 3-ring binders: D ring with clear cover pocket on front (1.5")
  • a few spiral notebooks
  • assignment book (the Asheville School planner available in the bookstore upon arrival)
  • dictionary and thesaurus
  • seat cushion for desk chair
  • desk lamp
  • ruler
  • backpack (wide enough to carry a few textbooks and binders at the same time)
  • index cards (3 x 5) for flash cards or a box of blank flash cars
  • large desk or wall calendar for the academic year
  • water bottle

Mathematics Department Calculator Policy

Calculators are used extensively in all math courses beyond Algebra 1 and Geometry. It is imperative for teachers and all students to use the same technology to facilitate learning; therefore, the mathematics department has developed the following calculator policy: All students taking a math course beyond Algebra I or Geometry (beginning with Algebra 2) are required to have a Texas Instruments calculator of model 83+, 83+ Silver Edition, 84+, or 84+ Silver Edition. Students are required to have the calculators in class with them each day unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

Personal Hygiene

  • large bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  • hair care supplies
  • shower caddy to carry soap/shampoo etc. to the shower
  • shower shoes like flip-flops
  • toothpaste, toothbrush (and don't forget to floss!)
  • personal and toilet items: soap, Band-Aids, AlkaSeltzer, Neosporin, Tylenol, Advil, shaving supplies or electric shaver, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, etc.

Comforts

  • overstuffed pillow
  • stereo/ipods/mp3 players
  • decorations for room (posters, pictures of family, small plants)
  • alarm clock
  • wrist watch
  • a comfortable chair for reading or lounging (optional)
  • a window fan
  • a flashlight
  • batteries

Miscellaneous

  • stationary, envelopes, stamps, address book
  • posters (must be put up with "FUNTAC" - no nails or tape)
  • plastic drinking cup, fork, knife, spoon, mug

Please DO NOT bring irons, coffee pots, hot plates, or other heating elements!

Linens and Things

  • bed linens for Twin XL & pillow
  • curtains, blinds and screens (recommend you purchase after check-in)
    Window Sizes:
    - 1st Lawrence: 96 x 84
    - 1st Anderson: 48 x 72
    - 2nd & 3rd Lawrence and 2nd & 3rd Anderson:
    single - 48 x 63, double - 96 x 63
    - Kehaya: inside dimensions - 64 x 64 (rod to floor - 95")
  • towels and washcloths
  • comforter/blanket
  • laundry bag
  • laundry detergent
  • dryer sheets

To order dorm bedding and bundles from American Made Dorm and Home, click here. This service ensures your dorm bedding (comforters, sheets, towels, mattress pads, pillows and more) will be at Asheville School when you arrive!

For information about room layout, refer to these links: Kehaya, Lawrence, Anderson