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Dress Code, School Supplies, & Behavior Policies


To promote unity and academic success, the Academy requires students to follow the Dress Code. This Dress Code is meant to give students some flexibility and versatility while also giving clear guidelines about what is acceptable so that our work and interactions at school are focused on teaching, learning, and community building. In order to develop a cohesive community, we find it important to align ourselves with a collegial and college bound culture. The Academy has adopted the following general guidelines to enhance student achievement, create a safe and distraction-free learning environment, foster school pride, and operate free from hazard or threat to students’ health, safety, and general welfare. These guidelines must be adhered to at all times while on campus.


  • Fostering a sense of self-respect
  • Supporting students to be leaders
  • Maintaining a serious commitment to academics
  • Promoting a safe community for all our students 


*School appropriate means: Safe, respectful, non-revealing, and conducive to learning. No sexually related, gang, weapons, alcohol, or any drug references on any item of clothing.


  • Jackets/sweaters must be appropriate for school.


  • Pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts, MUST be school appropriate, worn at an appropriate length (where fingertips lay with arms by the side).
  • Jeans can only be worn WITHOUT rips/slashes/or tears. 
  • Pajama bottoms can be worn ONLY on the designated spirit day.
  • Leggings/yoga pants/tights can be worn ONLY under other garments.
  • Undergarments should be worn and not visible.



  • Shirts need to be school appropriate.
  • Mid-drifts MUST be covered. 
  • Tank tops MUST have straps at least 3 inches wide.
  • Undergarments should be worn and not visible.



  • No hats allowed on campus.
  • Bandanas are not permitted.
  • Tied durags and beanies are okay. 
  • Hoods can ONLY be worn on shoulders, and not over head at anytime while on campus.


  • Safe and school appropriate. 
  • Shoe should cover your heel completely. Toes completely covered. 
  • Shoes need to have a strap to hold securely to foot. 
  • Formal shoes can be a two-toe peep. 
  • Shoes need to be on at ALL times.

*School appropriate means: Safe, respectful, non-revealing, and conducive to learning. No sexually related, gang, weapons, alcohol, or any drug references on any item of clothing.



If at any time a family has difficulty supplying the above clothing for their child, please speak to the Director or the student’s Advisor so that we can help problem solve to acquire appropriate clothing.

When students violate the dress code, the student’s parent/family will be notified. If students repeatedly do not follow dress code guidelines, they will be asked to reflect on their daily choices and come up with a plan to adhere to guidelines. If students continue to violate the policies, consequences may follow.



Students are required to wear appropriate Physical Education (PE) clothing during their PE course. Items can be purchased on a donation basis from the Front Office. Students are expected to launder their clothes on a weekly basis.



Students are expected to bring their Google Chromebooks to each class. Many of the students' books are electronic and uploaded onto each Chromebook.
The Academy asks that students treat our books and classroom materials with care so that they will last for many years. The Academy also provides some basic supplies as well as a Google Chromebook for each student. We ask students to bring the following necessary items if their families are able to do so: 
  • Writing utensils
  • Pencils (if mechanical, have extra lead.), 
  • Ballpoint pens (black or blue ink), 
  • Pink eraser, 
  • Pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top).
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • One 1.5”-2” three-ring binder, tabbed binder dividers 
  • College ruled composition notebooks for each of your six subjects 


Dress Code, Tardies, Cell Phone Use - Tracking Infractions
Intellectual Virtues Academy has adopted the following general guidelines in order to enhance student achievement, create a safe learning environment, provide a spirit of school pride, and so that the school can operate free from distraction, hazard, or threat to students' health, safety, and general welfare. The Academy tracks student infractions in three areas: being out of dress code, use of cell phone on campus, and tardies to class during the school day.
We have three steps to address cell phone infractions:
1) Warning: student will change out or have cell phone held in the office
2) Email or call home about the policy and notice of second infraction
3) Email/call home about third infraction the student's cell phone will be held by the office until a parent is available to pick it up. If this continues, this infraction may result in: school loss of school activity, behavior contract, parent conference.
We have three steps to address dress code infractions:
1) Warning: student is informed of the infraction.
2) Email or call home about the policy and notice of second infraction.
3) Call home. Parent is asked to bring child a change of clothes or child is provided a change of clothes, which the parent will receive a charge. 

Student behavior at the Academy is based on positive support and involves multiple facets of support that include school staff, teachers, parents, and students. At the Academy, student discipline is as an important opportunity to encourage thinking habits in our students so that they can learn from mistakes and understand appropriate behavior as well as the consequences for our actions.

At Orientation, our students were presented with the Student Handbook, which outlines our community expectations that can be summarized in this idea: everything we do should support thinking and learning.  

We are responsive to individual behavior concerns as well as committed to helping students process the sort of conflicts that are normal at this stage in their lives. When discipline crosses the line of safety on campus we utilize our thorough our Suspension and Expulsion Policy, outlined in the student handbook, which is aligned with state and federal expulsion laws.



One element of our discipline process is to hold Restorative Conversations which are adopted from restorative practices. 

It is our goal to create the most positive, least disruptive learning environment for our students. We serve high school students and this age brings with it all the complications of growth and development. The combination of the age of our students, and our role as a public school to serve all students, means that we cannot promise an environment free from disruptions, but we can commit to minimizing the seriousness and frequency of disruptions caused by student misbehavior through our school's policies. In order to prioritize learning at the Academy, we take very seriously any distraction that might stop our students from being provided a positive learning environment. It is a part of our model of education to capitalize as best we can on mistakes, failures, struggles, and other "disruptions" as, potentially, teachable moments. 



Academy teachers collaborate to think through and agree on common grading and student interaction processes in class. In all of our thinking and decision-making, we ask questions, seek understanding, and practice the habits of good thinking. Both our instructional and behavioral practices are aligned to the mission, vision, and values of the school and intended to protect the learning of students. If you have questions about these practices please ask and we will take the time to analyze the questions or suggestions as a team and evaluate whether we need to make a school-wide adjustment. We deliberately align all of our thinking and decision-making with the mission, vision, and values of the school.

Link to Academy Teacher Instructional Policies