About the Upper School
Maclay is a college preparatory school. Our Upper School is committed to the unique combination of academic preparation, school and community involvement, and physical and social growth that equips students for the demands of college life. Our challenging curriculum meets or exceeds the recommended course of studies for most selective colleges and universities. The Maclay School faculty and staff are here to help students succeed at Maclay and beyond.
Standard Schedule A/B Days
Wednesday Schedule A/B Days
A/B Day Schedule
Maclay Upper School does not have a required uniform dress; however, by his/her attendance at Maclay, a student and their parent/guardian agree to abide by the guidelines established by the school. The student in violation of the dress code will be subject to consequences defined below. Repeat violations may be subject to suspensions. The following specific guidelines must be observed.
No part of undergarments may be visible at any time. This includes, but is not limited to boxer shorts, briefs, bra straps and bralettes.
No body piercing is allowed except for girls’ earrings.
Hairstyle must not be extreme or distracting. Hair color must be a color that falls within the natural spectrum of hair color.
A sense of modesty about one’s appearance when sitting in a classroom is expected of all.
Clothing must fit appropriately
Items not Permitted
All forms of head coverings inside of buildings, except for religious reasons approved by the administration.
Clothing with ragged edges or holes manufactured commercially or not.
Clothing with large sections cut out manufactured commercially or not.
Clothing that is sheer and/or tight as to reveal underwear or body parts.
Clothing that is sexually suggestive or contains vulgar lettering, printing, or drawings.
Depictions of or references to drugs, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages.
Clothing with symbols that are considered offensive.
Fridays are Spirit Days at Maclay. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate school spirit by wearing a Maclay shirt, such as a team or club shirt.
Rules for Specific Articles of Clothing:
Pants must fit at the waist.
No pants that drag on the floor or ground.
No pajama pants, lounge/yoga pants, sweatpants, or pants with print across the back.
Maclay team warm-up pants/outfits must be approved by Upper School Director and Athletic Director prior to use and may be worn on game days.
Leggings or tight pants may only be worn if the accompanying top is a minimum of fingertip length. No oversized t-shirts or tank tops with leggings are allowed.
Must be fingertip length minimum at all times.
No bathing suits (including board shorts), PE shorts, or athletic shorts may be worn to class.
No cutoffs are allowed.
All boys’ shorts must have a fly (zipper or buttons).
Skirts or Dresses
Must be a minimum of fingertip length, including any slits.
Footwear must be worn at all times and must be appropriate for the activity in which the student is involved.
EXTREMES IN APPEARANCE (HAIR, ATTIRE, OR STYLES) THAT, IN THE OPINION OF THE SCHOOL, ARE NOT APPROPRIATE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. APPEALS OF DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE UPPER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.
Dress for Success
Every Wednesday each student is required to dress in attire as outlined below. No denim of any color is allowed except for outerwear. During cold periods, any dress code-appropriate outerwear is allowed on top of the required attire outlined below.
Dress pantsuit, dress or skirt with a blouse must be worn. No water shoes, including but not limited to crocs and flip-flops.
A collared dress shirt, dress slacks, a belt and a tie must be worn during the entire school day. Shirts must be tucked in during the entire school day. A sports jacket or blazer is optional but preferred. No water shoes, including but not limited to crocs and flip-flops.
Consequences for Dress Code Violations
A student in violation of the dress code will be sent to the Upper School Administration. The student will not be excused for any class time lost when found in violation of the dress code.
The first violation of the dress code, including Dress for Success, will be recorded as a warning. No phone call to parents will be made.
Upon the second and third violations of the dress code, the student will be assigned a morning detention. The Upper School Administration will call the parents of all students in violation by the end of the day, informing the parents that their child was inappropriately dressed and that a detention has been assigned.
The 4th dress code violation or failure to comply with detention assignments will result in the student’s being sent to an administrator. The student will be given a disciplinary warning letter and this letter will dictate further disciplinary action for chronic dress code violations.
Upper School Handbook