Desert Heights Preparatory Academy has a primary objective of developing a community of learners, dedicated to the highest standards of academics and deportment. As such, a distinctive uniform is a unifying factor within our school community. It is also a visible signature of our school to the larger community, an indicator of our unity and of our pride of purpose. This is one of the more important functions of a uniform: it identifies its wearer as part of a distinctive group with a distinctive purpose. It is a reminder to its wearer of that purpose and of one’s responsibility to that group.
The uniform is the basis of a dress code that reflects the nobility and seriousness of our mission. Our students should dress their best, look their best and do their best. All clothing must be clean, neat, reasonably pressed, and in properly fitting condition. If a child is deemed to be inconsistent with our uniform policy, the parent will be notified and a change of clothing may be required for attendance that day. If in doubt about the appropriateness of an article of clothing, check with the school office before purchasing. Questions about the appropriateness of apparel may be referred to the Principal, whose judgment will be final. The Principal may make specific exceptions to the dress code; parents should address specific concerns to the school administration before the second week of school.
Our desire is not to limit students’ individuality, but to secure their commitment to scholarship and character development, goals which can potentially be obscured by a focus on the latest trends or fads. The school asks not only for the student’s commitment to this concept, but for the parent’s as well. The uniform and dress code of DHPA support and reinforce our academic goals. The uniform assists us in staying focused on the true individuality and development of each student.
In addition, students will be expected to wear a formal uniform when they are presenting themselves to the community (e.g., field trips, etc.), for school pictures, performances, ceremonies, events and other specified “dress-up” school days that may not fall on a Wednesday. On any other school day, students can wear any combination of the approved dress code apparel listed in the appropriate “Daily Uniform” table.
Students must stay in uniform whenever they are on campus (including the parking lot) during a school day. This means arriving on campus fully in uniform and leaving campus fully in uniform (correct shoes, shirts tucked in, etc.). Students may only change out of uniform after school with teacher/coach permission to participate in an approved curricular or extracurricular activity that requires an immediate change in dress.
Failure to adhere to the DHPA uniform and dress code policy may result in the student receiving administrative disciplinary action.
Click here to access the detailed Uniform & Dress Code Policy.