Dress Code Philosophy
Rockbridge Academy seeks to glorify God in both the character and culture of the school. In a culture in which personal expression is exalted, beauty is held in question, and the good of our neighbor is subordinated to the desires of the individual, we stand as ambassadors for Christ to each other and to a watching world. Accordingly, the dress code has been established based upon these principles. Our attire and grooming should:
- point to the Lord that we serve;
- portray a heart of both modesty and humility;
- reflect respectful conformity to our biological gender;
- not seek to exalt the outward beauty of the individual student but rather seek to invest in and protect each student's virtue and character;
- support the orderly operation of our school; and,
- willingly conform to the standard, thereby requiring a decreasing level of oversight rather than increased regulation and oversight and the loss of the freedom that we have in Christ.
In summary, we ask that parents and students support a manner of dress and personal grooming that reflects the Christian, classical, and scholarly image of Rockbridge Academy. Students should appear neat, clean, and modest during the school day, seeking not to distract others or solicit oversight by their appearance.
The Rockbridge Academy uniform standard includes a Daily Wear option for upper school students. Students opting to wear this uniform must also be prepared for the Dress Day uniform requirement. The Dress Day uniform is required whenever a student is giving a speech or oral presentation, when going on field trips or attending an in-school assembly, and when directed by the principal for appropriate school events.
Grammar students are required to wear the Dress Uniform for Monday Morning Catechism, on field trips, and for special events and ceremonies as instructed by their teachers. The Dress Uniform consists of red shirt, plaid skirt/skort/ jumper, and shoes (see FOOTWEAR guidelines in Parent/Student Handbook) for girls, as well as red shirt, khaki pants, brown belt, and shoes (see FOOTWEAR guidelines in Parent/Student Handbook) for boys. Tuesdays through Fridays, athletic shoes may be worn year round. Athletic shoes are required on the student’s PE days. Boys may wear khaki shorts on any non-Dress Uniform day in September, October, April, and May.
For the most up-to-date uniform information, please refer to pp. 22-31 (pp. 25-34 in electronic version) of the 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook.
Purchasing Uniform Clothing Options
All uniform pieces (except for the plaids) are to be purchased from Lands' End. Rockbridge Academy's school code with Lands' End is 900030701. Parents should be aware that Lands' End frequently offers discounts of up to 40% on items at their website, as well as free shipping.
All plaid items are sold by Dennis Uniforms (except where noted). Dennis Uniforms maintains local storefronts, and items may also be ordered online (school code BTAORB).
Our periodic in-person uniform exchanges have been replaced with an online, cashless, year-round system. Access the site HERE. Shop or submit outgrown uniform pieces anytime! Acceptable brands include Lands’ End, Dennis, Arthurs and Kaynee. Need help? Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org