The standard of dress at MHS has been designed to help maintain a high level of personal character, modesty, and appearance, which are conducive to creating a positive, safe learning environment for our students. We believe that our students’ performance and attitudes are affected by styles of dress and personal grooming. Students are expected to wear clothing as listed below while on campus during school hours (from 7am until 3:30pm) or while representing the school off campus. Students found to be in violation of the Campus Wardrobe Policy will be required to obtain appropriate attire before being admitted to class (classes missed will be listed as unexcused absences).
The following campus wardrobe guidelines are for all students. All polos, blouses, pants, shorts, skirts, and cardigans must be in good condition (no uniform item may be frayed, torn, rolled, pinned, knotted, or altered in any way) and must be purchased from Mills Uniform (click here). Please allow at least 5-7 days for delivery.
CAMPUS WARDROBE OVERVIEW
(Note: The following is a simplified version of our dress code policies provided for the purpose of giving a general overview; please refer to the "fine print" section for more details as needed.)
The Ladies’ Wardrobe consists of a uniform polo or blouse as well as a uniform skirt (with appropriate leg wear—see below), shorts, or pants.
The Men’s Wardrobe consists of a uniform polo and uniform shorts or pants.
Outerwear Policy: Only official Maranatha outerwear may be worn as part of our Campus Wardrobe. All sweaters, sweatshirts, and cardigans must be purchased from Mills or through a student club or athletic team with prior approval from the Dean of Students. If there is rain in the forecast, or if the weather is uncharacteristically cold (day’s high temperature below 50 degrees) students may wear waterproof jackets (must be solid black, navy blue, white, gray, red, or khaki in color). Team and club outerwear must be no older than the previous school year. A Mills uniform top must be worn under all outerwear at all times.
CAMPUS WARDROBE (Fine Print)
Undershirts must be solid white in color without any writing, pictures, etc.
College Sweatshirts may be worn by 2nd semester Seniors on Casual Wardrobe days, not on Formal Wardrobe days.
Waterproof Jackets are defined as garments made from a waterproof material, have a lining, and must be able to be opened at the front either by zipper or buttons. Colors are to be solid red, white, navy blue, khaki, gray or black; length should be no longer than above the knee. Jackets with extreme logos, writing or images are not allowed. A Mills uniform top must be worn under jackets at all times.
Shoes are to be athletic or casual in style, closed-toe and closed-heel. No high heels, extreme style shoes or extreme style boots, slippers, sandals or sandal style shoes are allowed. On Formal Wardrobe days, students must wear black or brown dress shoes. Ladies’ shoes can have heels shorter than 2 inches.
Tattoos that are visible are not allowed.
Headwear such as hats, caps, beanies, and bandanas are not to be worn on campus while school is in session. Sweatshirt and jacket hoods may be worn outdoors only if warranted by weather conditions. All hoods must be down while indoors.
Blouses may only have the top two buttons unbuttoned.
Shorts must be no shorter than the fingertips at arm’s length when standing and must be worn at the waist. Leggings or tights cannot be worn under shorts.
Skirts must be worn with leggings or tights in solid navy blue, black, gray or white (see leg wear below). As a general guideline, skirts must be worn at the waist and can be no shorter than three inches from the middle of the knee when standing. Girls will forfeit their privilege to wear skirts after their third skirt violation and will be required to wear pants or shorts for a period of time to be determined by the Dean of Students. Pinning or rolling of skirts is not allowed.
Leg wear such as tights and leggings are to be solid colors of white, black, gray or navy blue. Leggings must be worn under skirts, but cannot be worn under shorts. On Formal Dress days, ladies must wear blue leggings/tights under the khaki skirts. Sheer, see-through, frayed, and/or patterned hose are not allowed. Knee-highs and socks must be red, white, navy blue, gray, black or combinations thereof.
Hairstyles in general principle are to be neat and simple. Extreme hairstyles and hair colors (other than those naturally occurring) are unacceptable.
Make-up/Jewelry/Accessories if worn, are to be simple and in good taste. Heavy make-up or jewelry that is offensive or distracting is not acceptable. Earrings are allowed, but no other piercings are permissible. Plugs of any type are not permissible. Any unacceptable jewelry worn to school will be confiscated.
Hairstyles are to be neat and simple. Extreme hairstyles and hair colors (other than those naturally occurring) are unacceptable. Hair should fall no further than the bottom of the collar, above the bottom of the earlobes, and above the eyes.
Facial hair is to be shaved; no goatees, mustaches or beards are allowed. Sideburns are to be no longer than the bottom of the earlobes. Students with facial hair unshaved will be asked to shave before they continue the school day.
Jewelry if worn, is to be simple and in good taste. No other piercings are permissible. Jewelry that is offensive or distracting is not acceptable and will be confiscated.
UPRISING SHIRT AND JEAN DAY
On certain occasions, the administration may choose to allow students to wear their Uprising shirts (current year) and jeans (must be blue or black; must be full length—no skirts, shorts or capri’s; jeans must be in good condition).
SPECIAL DRESS DAY/STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Clothes worn at all student activities, including sporting events and dances, are to reflect an attitude of agreement with Maranatha’s values of modesty and appropriateness. Clothes should be neat, clean and in good repair. Clothing with emblems that exalt groups or movements contrary to Biblical standards is not acceptable. Requests for permission to wear non-uniform dress shall be submitted to the Dean of Students and reviewed and/or granted in his/her sole discretion. This includes non-uniform dress by all groups, clubs, classes, athletic teams, etc. See also Special Dress and Game Day Dress on the following pages.
- Clothes with low-cut necklines (front or back), open-mesh or sheer fabric are not to be worn
- Midriff and stomach must be covered at all times
- Skirts must be no shorter than three inches from the middle of the knee when standing
- On Special Dress Days, skirts cannot be worn during the school day
- Shorts must be no shorter than the fingertips at arm’s length when standing
- Policies regarding headwear, tattoos, piercings, and hairstyles still apply
- Oversized shorts or pants are not to be worn
- Policies regarding headwear, tattoos, piercings, hairstyles, facial hair still apply
GAME DAY DRESS FOR ATHLETIC TEAMS
Game day dress can be worn on game days or special Athletic dress days. Students who participate on an athletic team have two options if they choose to wear game day dress. Approved option will be determined after meeting with captains, coaches, and Athletic Director. Students are to wear the entire school uniform if any of the below options are not possible. The two options are as follows:
- Team jersey or team polo may be worn in place of campus wardrobe polo on game days.
- On game days, teams may alsochoose to wear Formal Athletic Dress attire. Specifics regarding the attire will be determined in a meeting with the Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Head Varsity Coach, and varsity team captains. It is the school’s desire that there still be uniformity among the teammates when this option is chosen.
CAMPUS WARDROBE VIOLATION PROCEDURES
It will be the responsibility of the administrative staff and faculty to enforce the dress code and issue uniform violations. Final judgment regarding a student’s dress will be at the discretion of the school Administration.
1st offense: A student will be given an official warning and is expected to make appropriate uniform decisions in the future.
2nd offense: A student will be sent to the office and parent/guardian will be contacted for delivery or purchase authorization of acceptable school clothing. The student will receive an unexcused absence for each class missed until acceptable clothing is obtained. In addition, the student will be assigned a detention, which includes a $15 fee.
3rd offense: In addition to being required to immediately comply with the Campus Wardrobe procedures, the student will be assigned a two-hour Saturday School, which includes a $30 fee.
4th offense: In addition to being required to immediately comply with the Campus Wardrobe procedures, the student will be assigned a four-hour Saturday School, which includes a $60 fee.
5th offense: In addition to being required to immediately comply with the Campus Wardrobe procedures, the student will be assigned another four-hour Saturday School, which includes a $60 fee and will be placed on disciplinary probation (See Student Conduct and Discipline section of the Handbook.)
Campus wardrobe violations will accumulate over the course of each semester. Suspension and/or dismissal may result for repeated offenses or failure to participate in disciplinary measures. Administrative discretion may be used in the application of these policies.