Dress Code

Students attending John Paul II Catholic High School are expected to be appropriately dressed. A student’s attire should reflect the Christian values of modesty and respect for the individual person and the school community at all times while on campus and at all school-sponsored activities.

Students must come dressed for school (they cannot dress at their locker or in the bathroom) and are expected to abide by the dress code at all times during the school day. Students are required to comply with all staff instructions regarding dress and appearance. If a student is not following dress code guidelines, the appropriate disciplinary action will be applied. Questions about this policy should be directed to the dean of students.

  • If a student is wearing outerwear that includes a hood, at no time should the hood be on their head.

  • Clothing must fit appropriately. Anything that is overly tight or form-fitting is not considered modest and therefore not acceptable. Clothes should also not be too baggy, ripped, or tattered. There should be no cleavage and no bare midriffs, whether this is caused by tops “rising up” or bottoms “riding down.”

  • At no time are the following items appropriate to wear during the school day: hats inside the building, pajamas, athletic pants, and short running shorts.

  • Only modest ear-piercing is allowed.

  • Any hairstyle that causes a disturbance in the learning environment is not allowed. If a student dyes their hair, it must be of a natural color.

  • Tattoos must be covered at all times.

Staff reserves the right to determine at any time if any piece of clothing, jewelry, or anything worn by the student is unacceptable in the school environment and may ask the student to change or remove it.

There are two dress code types:

  • Daily: Typically worn Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (unless otherwise specified),
    students are to wear:

    • tops: a gray, navy blue, light blue, white, or light yellow polo or a JPII spirit wear shirt; JPII outerwear if desired
    • bottoms: modest navy blue or khaki Bermuda-length (at least 7” inseam or fingertip length) shorts or skirt (ladies only, no higher than 3 inches above the knee) or slacks
    • shoes: closed-toe shoes, sandals, sneakers, or boots
  • Dress for Success: Typically worn on Wednesdays for Mass, students are to wear clothing of their choosing so long as they meet the guidelines below.

Dress for Success

Gentlemen, at a minimum, should wear a collared shirt with khaki or navy pants (no rips or holes) with a belt and “Sperry” style boat shoes, dress shoes, or loafers. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a button-down dress or Oxford shirt (tucked in) with or without a tie. A blazer, sweater, or sweater vest can be worn over the shirt. Items that are not appropriate: athletic wear, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, cargo pants, flip flops, tank tops, and anything too revealing, too small/tight, or too large. If you wonder whether or not something is appropriate, it probably is not.

Ladies, at a minimum, should wear a collared shirt with khaki or navy pants and closed-toe flats, wedges, booties, or heels that are no more than 3” high (remember they must be worn all day). Ladies are encouraged to wear blouse-style shirts, cardigans, or sweaters with dress pants, skirts, or dresses. Skirts and dresses must fall to at least 3” above the knee. Items that are not appropriate: yoga pants, athletic wear, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, cargo pants, flip-flops, sandals, tank tops, cold shoulder shirts, and anything too revealing, too small/tight, or too large. If you wonder whether or not something is appropriate, it probably is not.

Dress for Success attire applies to all Wednesdays regardless of athletic competitions.

Dress Code for PE & Weight Training

For each physical education class a student attends they are expected to be dressed to participate in that day’s activity. This helps to ensure student safety during activity and student hygiene for the rest of the school day. Appropriate attire includes:

  • JPII T-shirt (an appropriate length that covers the stomach but does not cover the shorts)
  • athletic shorts (an appropriate fit; not too baggy, tight, or short)
  • tennis shoes

Sweatpants, athletic pants, and sweatshirts are appropriate for colder days.

Dress Code Resources

Dress Code Items with Embroidery
Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear

The following businesses are authorized to embroider the full JPII logo on polos and crewneck sweatshirts:

Boston Bags & Tags

High Tide Embroidery

Monograms Plus
1528 Evans Street, Suite L2
Greenville, NC 27858

Parrott Canvas
508 West 14th Street
Greenville, NC 27834