Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks Uniform Dress Code

  • Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks Uniform Dress Code


    Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks has had a uniform dress code since 2011.  The dress code was voted on and approved by the School Advisory Council, parents and the school board.  Students are required to abide by the uniform dress code of Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks.  The school administration and designee have the final authority to decide if clothing complies with the School and Code of Student Conduct.


    Dress Code Benefits - There are many positive reasons for a Uniform Dress Code.

    • A uniform dress code encourages students to express their individual through personality and academic achievements, not outward appearances.
    • A uniform dress code creates a sense of school pride and belonging.
    • A uniform dress code puts the focus on academics not fashion, creating an environment that is more conducive to student achievement.
    • A uniform dress code eliminates visible differences.
    • A uniform dress code can be less expensive.

    Listing of Acceptable Clothing

    Daily (non-winter) Dress Code

    The uniform dress code at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks only allows for SOLID COLORS.  It does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, Yoga/Stretch/Jeggings or any other tight fitting pants, sunglasses, hats, and bandanas.

    Bottoms:  Navy, Black, or Khaki/Tan


    • Walking shorts, slacks, skorts, skirts, skirted jumpers are acceptable. Leggings of solid uniform dress code color may be worn underneath.
    • Bottoms must be plain, solid-color. Solid Black or Khaki Jeans are acceptable. No Denim Jeans are allowed.
    • All bottoms are to be secured at the waist. If bottoms have belt loops, a belt is required.
    • Joggers are allowed.

    Tops: Navy, Black, Yellow, Gold, White

    • Tops must have long or short sleeves with collar.
    • Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven dress shirts or blouses.
    • All buttons on shirts are to be secured with the exception of the top 1 or 2 buttons.
    • School sponsored T-shirt on specified spirit days is acceptable.
    • Uniform Dresses must have sleeves and a collar.
    • Tops can have a small logo on the front no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches.
    • Undershirts worn under collared uniform dress code shirts must be of the approved solid colors.



    Other Uniform Dress Code Rules:

    • Shirts must be tucked in.
    • Dresses/Shorts/Skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
    • Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school.
    • Clothes must be appropriate size with waist of garment and worn at student’s waist.
    • Bottoms must be hemmed, not frayed.
    • All shoes worn are to be appropriate for physical education classes and must have rubber soles. Shoes must be secured with laces (if applicable), Velcro, etc. and must completely cover toes and heel.
    • Denim Jeans are only permitted on dress down days (in connection with our PBIS program). .
    • All other aspects of student dress and appearance not covered by the Horizon Academy Uniform Dress Code Policy shall be governed by the Marion County Student Dress Code Policy. For a more detailed explanation, see the Marion County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct.
    • The Marion County School Board authorizes school officials to employ appropriate disciplinary procedures to carry out and enforce this policy as stated in the Code of Student Conduct.


    Winter/Cold Weather Outerwear

    Jackets, Sweaters, Coats, and Solid Color Hoodies

    Any kind of jacket, sweater, coat, or hoodie is acceptable to wear during the school as long as it meets the Marion County Dress Code Policy. HOODS WILL NOT BE WORN ON SCHOOL CAMPUS AT ANY TIME. All Outerwear is required to be worn with a collared uniform shirt. 

    Jackets, Hoodies, and other outerwear must also be of Dress Code Colors.


    Field Trip Dress Code: Horizon Academy Uniform Dress Code applies to all field trips unless otherwise stated by the site administrator.


    Physical Education Uniform: Students assigned to Physical Education in grades 6, 7, and 8 are to follow the P.E. Uniform Guidelines.

    • Tops: Navy, Black, Yellow, Gold, White solid colored T-shirt with sleeves.
    • Bottoms: Navy, Black, or Khaki/Tan solid colored athletic shorts secured around the waist are to be mid-thigh or longer.
    • Gym Shoes worn are to be appropriate for physical education classes and must have rubber soles. Gym Shoes must be secured with laces or Velcro and must completely cover toes and heel. High-top basketball shoes are acceptable.

    Financial Considerations:

    • Financial Hardships: No student shall be denied attendance at school or be otherwise penalized for failing to wear clothing that complies with the uniform dress code if such failure is due to a verifiable financial hardship.
    • Assistance: Horizon’s principal and School Advisory Council has developed procedures and criteria to offer assistance to students who would have or are having difficulty complying with their school's uniform dress code due to financial hardships and have developed a program to provide for donations of clothing or financial assistance, consignment shops, or reuse of uniform clothing or similar program that would alleviate such financial hardships.
    • Uniform Dress Code Exchange: As your student out grows his/her current uniform dress code items they can be exchanged for available items that better fit. The Uniform Dress code exchange is found through the Discipline Office at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks.


    New Students: Students entering Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks during the school year shall be granted a grace period of one (1) week, if needed, before being required to comply with the uniform dress code.

    Exceptions: Exceptions to the uniform dress code shall be permitted when:

    • A student wears a uniform of a nationally recognized youth organization, such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, on regular meeting days.
    • A student wears a costume or special clothing necessary for a school play or other school-sponsored activity as permitted by the principal or designee.


    Dress Code Violation Consequences (Per Semester):

    • 1st-3rd Offense Consequence:
      1. Review of Uniform Policy with Student
      2. Written Warning
      3. Change of inappropriate attire if needed
    • 4th Offense:
      1. Conference with student
      2. Notification of parent or guardian via phone by the discipline office and Written Warning
      3. Change of inappropriate attire if needed
      4. Level 1 Referral - Detention or “other consequence” determined by the site administrator

    Subsequent offenses 5+ will be considered willful insubordination resulting in a Level 2 referral for further disciplinary action, which may include detentions, in or out-of-school suspension and ineligibility to participate/attend extra- curricular activities.