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ANC Secondary School Dress Code for Boys

The Boys School believes that honoring the expectations of personal presentation is a function of self-discipline. We know that the ordering of our external appearance can have important impact on the ordering of our internal states. Our hope is that students and staff can work together to support the Boys School's expectations that allow students a significant degree of freedom in terms of clothing styles while also upholding a standard that can help to establish pride and purpose.

Clothing should be modest and clean-without wrinkles, tears, fraying, stains, and patches-and it must fit properly. While attending class, students should wear dress pants, dress shirts or golf/polo shirts, socks, and leather shoes. All clothing should be solid muted colors-no stripes, checks, window panes, tattersalls, or herringbones. Please no metallic or neon colors. Specific expectations are provided in the sections that follow.

Students should dress in an exemplary and appropriate manner when representing ANC on a team, a trip, or for special events, etc. The Principal, coaches, teachers, and advisors will set the standard.

Dress expectations are in effect when in the classroom buildings. Students should be properly attired before entering classroom buildings and at all times until the end of the school day.

If a student chooses not to support the dress expectations by dressing down, he may be required to dress up and/or forfeit privileges as a consequence. Students who continually choose not to support the dress expectations may be suspended or expelled.

Students may request from the Principal or Assistant Principal special occasion-specific considerations for clubs, teams, and special events.

The Principal and Assistant Principal reserve the right to adjust specific items of the dress expectations and the special standards as necessary and warranted to maintain order and a sphere conducive to education and the principles of the Academy. All decisions regarding what is permissible in regards to individual articles are at the discretion of the Principal and Assistant Principal.

If a student is unsure about the expectations or has questions about a particular item, he should speak with the Principal or Assistant Principal before purchasing/wearing the item.

Official Boys School Uniform

All boys are required to have an official Boys School uniform, comprised of:
A pair of black dress pants
A long-sleeved white dress shirt
A pair of black socks
A pair of leather shoes
An official, crested, red ANC sweater.
Boys School students wear this uniform for the Charter Day procession, graduation ceremony, and other special events. The official ANC sweater can be purchased at the Book Room.

Academic Day


Acceptable dress pants have two main front pockets and one or two back pockets, no more than that. We accept what are referred to as twills, chinos, wool pants, and widewale and finewale corduroys. The acceptable colors are solid, muted colors. Leather or canvas belts must be worn with pants made with belt loops.

Unacceptable Pants

No jeans or denim of any color or kind. No cargo pants, military fatigues, overalls, sweatpants or other athletic wear, nothing with a drawstring tie. No zippers other than the fly. As for colors of the dress pants, please, no bright or patterned fabric. No underwear should be visible.


Dress shirts and polo or golf shirts are acceptable. Oxfords, twills, pinpoints, and broadcloths are all acceptable as long as they are a single, solid color. They may be short-sleeved or long-sleeved with button-down or straight collars. The acceptable colors are solid, muted colors. The polo shirts can be short-sleeved or long-sleeved with a hemmed or banded sleeve. They can have a single pocket or no pocket at all. The acceptable colors are solid, muted colors. All shirts must be tucked in.

Unacceptable Shirts

No logos of any kind unless the shirt is an officially sanctioned shirt sold in the ANC Bookroom. No turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, t-shirts, flannels, henleys, athletic apparel, denim, or chambrays. No patterns. Everything must be a solid, muted color; no metallic, neon or glow in the dark colors and shades. No underwear should be visible with the exception of possibly a little bit of an undershirt at the front of the neck.


Soft or polished leather oxfords, penny loafers, or docksiders are acceptable. This includes suede tops and dark soles.  Shoes can be either brown or black. Shoes designed to have laces tied must be tied.

Unacceptable Shoes

No boots of any kind. Nothing that resembles a sneaker. No flip-flops or any kind of beach shoe. No slippers, moccasins, hiking shoes, or heelless clogs. No sandals (except in August/September and May/June. More details will follow.) No multicolored shoes. No Velcro except for students with specific disabilities. On bad weather days, students may wear boots to school but must change to acceptable shoes at homeroom time.


Socks must be worn with shoes. Socks must be visible when wearing shoes. Dress, cotton or wool ragg, and fleece socks are all acceptable. 

Warm Weather Wear

In August and September and later in May and June, the buildings can be quite warm. In those months we allow students to wear appropriate warm weather clothing as noted below. Nice khaki/tan shorts are acceptable. Other permissible colors include solid, muted colors. Cargo pockets are acceptable. Students may wear sandals in the warm months. The sandals must have a heel strap and be either black or brown. Black or brown "Crocs" are acceptable. Students may also wear sneakers with socks.

Unacceptable Warm Weather Wear

No "short" shorts, athletic wear, cut-offs, or beach wear. No denim of any color. No zippers other than the fly.

Cold Weather Wear

Though our buildings are heated, they can old and drafty. The rooms can get cold during the winter months. To stay warm, students can wear solid-colored v-neck, crewneck, and cardigan sweaters. V-neck and crewneck vests are also fine. Other acceptable colors include solid, muted colors. Students may also wear ANC school, club, and team sweatshirts or fleeces, but they may not wear the sweatshirts with the hoods up.

Unacceptable Cold Weather Wear

No sweatshirts that are unrelated to ANC. No coats or jackets of any kind. No turtlenecks. No patterns or logos. No shirts or undershirts should be hanging out below sweaters, fleeces, and sweatshirts. Acceptable shirts must be worn underneath acceptable cold weather wear.

Heads and Facial Hair

No hats or hoods may be worn in school.
Faces must be clean-shaven unless the student enters the first day of school with a fully-grown and carefully manicured beard or mustache. Beards should be closely cropped to the face, not bushy in the style of the Civil War era. The Assistant Principal will judge the acceptability of the beard or mustache.

Hair should be off the shoulders. It should be clean, groomed, out of the face, and its natural color. Please no pony tails, spikes, buns, or bizarre fashions. Headbands, bobby pins, and other fasteners are unacceptable. We will ask students with multi-colored, bleached, or dyed hair to cut their hair very short and let it grow out in its natural color.

No piercing for body jewelry with one exception. Students may wear one simple stud or small loop in each earlobe.

Physical Education Uniform

Each boy in the Boys School will be required to demonstrate ownership (in respectable condition) or purchase the following physical education uniform: 

  • ANC sweatshirt (optional)
    ANC sweatpants (optional)
    2 gray ANC shirts
    2 pairs of red ANC shorts
    2 athletic supporters
    Sneakers (no black soles)
    White athletic socks

Source: http://www.ancss.org/studentlife-dresscode-bs/