Campus Life

Dress Code

The Hill School sets a high standard for students in their dress and appearance to express pride in themselves and their respect for one another.
 
Academic Dress will be worn throughout the academic day whenever students are in an academic or public area. Also it will be worn for Chapel services, sit-down meals, required evening performances, or any other designated occasion. Students will wear Academic Dress beginning with breakfast through the final class whether or not a student has completed all class obligations. Guidelines for academic casual and casual dress are listed at the bottom of the page.
 
While the dress code is defined by gender, the School recognizes that not all students express their gender in line with their biological sex and thus supports any student’s expression of gender within the spirit of the dress code. It is important that students genuinely adhere to this expectation.

Female Students:

  • Blazer
    • A Hill varsity letter sweater (Arts or Athletics) may be worn instead of a blazer.
  • Collared oxford shirt a double placket-front shirt joined with buttons
    • Conservatively buttoned (no more than one unbuttoned), with no visible undergarments
    • Shirttails that extend below the blazer must be tucked in.
    • A turtleneck may be substituted for an oxford shirt in the winter term only.
  • Pants (khaki, chino, or corduroy - any color)
  • Skirt/Dress
    • Length must be at least to midpoint between hip and knee.
    • Tights must be worn with skirts and dresses during the winter term and upon notification for certain events.
  • Dresses may be worn Wednesdays and at seated dinners
    • A conservative dress may be worn under the blazer.
    • V-neck or strapless dresses are not allowed.
    • Necklines must be at the collarbone.
  • Leather dress shoes with a back
    • Boots may be worn during the winter term or inclement weather.

Male Students:

  • Blazer
    •  Hill varsity letter sweater (Arts or Athletics) may be worn instead of a blazer.
  • Dress shirt
    • Shirt must be tucked in and buttoned completely.
    • A turtleneck may be substituted for a shirt and tie in the winter term only.
  • Tie properly tightened 
    • Sixth form students may wear a bow tie.
    • Other forms of ties may be worn, only with permission from the Deans’ Office.
  • Pants (khaki, chino, or corduroy - any color)
    • Must be worn with a leather belt or a Hill School belt.
  • Leather dress shoes
    • A polished leather loafer is ideal.
    • While leather boat shoes (Sperry, Docksides, Top-siders) are acceptable for Academic Dress,  a pair of more formal leather dress shoes with a back are needed for special occasions.  Leather shoes with white soles (a dress sneaker) are not permitted.
    • Boots may be worn during the winter term or inclement weather.
  • Socks must be worn during the fall and winter terms and upon notification for certain events.

The following are not acceptable for Academic Dress:

•         Undergarments, e.g. camisoles and tank tops, are not to be exposed.
•         Sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, flannel shirts, or t-shirts worn over oxford shirts.
•         Denim (all colors), spandex, leggings, and jeggings (or other form-fitting pants).
•         Sleeveless oxford shirts unless covered by a blazer.
•         Moccasins, Toms, canvas boat shoes, and leather/canvas shoes with laces.
•         Headbands for boys.
•         No tube or bandeau skirts permitted.
•         Students may only have visible earrings in their ears. Nose piercings are not permitted. The size of an earring may not be larger than a quarter coin.

Please note: for the 2020-2021 school year, masks covering face and nose are required to be worn in most public venues. Masks must be made out of cloth and cannot have writing or logos on them. Students are to follow posted and verbalized faculty direction on mask usage across various settings and circumstances.