School Uniforms

The intent of our policy is to contribute to an environment that encourages learning without distractions, provides a structure that respects individualism, and promotes a sense of community and togetherness. Uniforms allow every student to feel included regardless of his or her family's social or economic background. Religious clothing and accessories are welcome.


Uniform Guidelines

Students must wear the clothes (listed below) for their grade level.

Preschool and Junior Kindergarten

  • Tops: Red polo shirts (short-sleeve or long-sleeve), not required to tucked in
  • Bottoms: Dark blue/navy pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers (cotton twill or cotton/poly blend)
  • Belt: Not required; dark brown or black if desired
  • Outerwear: Red fleece, sweater, or sweatshirt with logo (from Lands’ End), Cougar Spirit Wear sweatshirt, or an ACDS-red sweatshirt (hoodie, crew neck, or zipper) that is 100% plain - no decorations, logos, etc.
  • Shoes: Closed-toe and closed-heel; must fit securely on foot and be suitable for all school activities
  • Socks: Dark blue, black, or white (a colored-logo is ok); must be worn with shoes

Elementary School Students (Kindergarten through 5th Grade)

  • Tops: Light blue polo shirts (short-sleeve or long-sleeve), not required to be tucked in
  • Bottoms: Dark blue/navy pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers (cotton twill or cotton/poly blend)
  • Belt: Not required; dark brown or black if desired
  • Outerwear: Red fleece, sweater, or sweatshirt with logo (from Lands’ End), Cougar Spirit Wear sweatshirt, or an ACDS-red sweatshirt (hoodie, crew neck, or zipper) that is 100% plain - no decorations, logos, etc.
  • Shoes: Closed-toe and closed-heel; must fit securely on foot and be suitable for all school activities
  • Socks: Dark blue, black, or white (a colored-logo is ok); must be worn with shoes

Middle School Students (6th grade through 8th grade)

  • Tops: Dark blue/navy or white polo shirts (short-sleeve or long-sleeve), not required to be tucked in
  • Bottoms: Dark blue/navy pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers (cotton twill or cotton/poly blend)
  • Belt: Not required; dark brown or black if desired
  • Outerwear: Dark blue/navy fleece, sweater, or sweatshirt with logo (from Lands’ End), Cougar Spirit Wear sweatshirt, or an ACDS-navy sweatshirt (hoodie, crew neck, or zipper) that is 100% plain - no decorations, logos, etc.
  • Shoes: Closed-toe and closed-heel; must fit securely on foot and be suitable for all school activities
  • Socks: Dark blue, black, or white (a colored-logo is ok); must be worn with shoes

General Guidelines

  • All clothing: including those worn on "free dress" or off campus during school-sponsored events, should be neat, clean, and fit comfortably and be in good condition; the waist of the clothing should not fall below the student's waist.
  • Hair: must be clean; may not be colored or highlighted.
  • Jewelry: not allowed other than earrings and/or a necklace worn for religious expression. Earrings must be simple, close to the ear, and may not hang down. Earrings should be removed during PE.
  • Fingernail polish and make-up: are not allowed.
  • Rain coats and winter coats: do not need to have the school logo and should only be worn when a second layer is needed.
  • Non-logo items: (pants, shorts, skirts, and polo shirts) may be purchased at other retailers that carry school uniforms as long as they meet the ACDS uniform requirements. Hats: may only be worn outside.
  • PE uniforms: required for grades 5-8 and must be logo-branded and purchased from Lands’ End. Students may also wear a Cougar Spirit Wear sweatshirt to PE.
  • Leggings and tights: leggings (black or navy) and tights (navy, black, or white) may be worn under jumpers, skirts, or shorts. In Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten, students must wear shorts (athletic or bicycle) or tights under their skirts and jumpers, or wear "skorts."
  • Free dress days: Clothing and shoes must allow students to comfortably participate in all school activities, including recess and PE. Clothing should be respectful of all members of our community. Clothing should not reveal undergarments. Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not allowed.