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Before you dash to the store to pick out that perfect, new “back to school” outfit, please take a moment to read through our dress code policy below.
DRESS CODE (K-8)
A dress code creates an environment that is free of distractions and encourages appropriate behavior so that students may excel academically. Students at CAS will be expected to conform to a uniform dress code. This uniform shall consist of a solid red, white, or navy blue polo shirt, and khaki or denim pants, shorts, or skirts.
Tops: Red, White, or Navy Blue (solid colors only)
Short or long-sleeved collared polo shirt, with no pockets, in the approved uniform colors.
Plain, red, white, or navy blue long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts may be worn under the polo shirt during the winter months. The shirt/t-shirt must be appropriately sized and must not extend beyond the hem of the polo shirt.
Only one polo shirt at a time may be worn.
A light-weight, front-zippered jacket may be worn inside the buildings; however, the jacket must remain unzipped and open while inside. NO SWEATSHIRTS MAY BE WORN.
Bottoms: Blue jeans, Black, or Khaki/Tan:
Jeans, straight-legged trousers, shorts, and skirts in the approved colors are permitted.
All bottoms must be in good condition and hemmed (not frayed, ripped, cutoff, or containing holes). Pants/shorts must fit at the waist. Shorts, skorts, and skirts are to be no shorter than finger-tip length.
- Cargo pants/shorts
- Joggers (sweatpants), jeggings, leggings, yoga style pants
- Pullover sweat shirts
- Lace, see-through clothing
- Leather or leather type material
- Sagging or oversized pants
Heavy coats/jackets do not have to follow the uniform colors and are to be worn outside of the building. Heavy coats/jackets are not to be worn during classes.
Trench coats are not permitted.
Hats and Scarves:
Hats/head gear may be worn outside with the brim/beak facing forward. Scarves may not be worn due to safety.
Students may not wear open-toed shoes due to safety concerns. Shoes with laces must be fully laced up and tied. The same applies to Velcro strap fasteners.
- No sunglasses are to be worn inside the building unless medically prescribed.
- No bandanas or bandana print headgear, or du-rags of any kind may be worn on campus at any time or at any school sponsored activity.
- Any item of clothing that contains metal studs or simulated studs of any type is prohibited.
- Lanyards are to be worn around the neck or tucked entirely into a pocket.
Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress code policy will be counseled and may be asked to change into appropriate clothing. For the first offense, the parents will be notified and the student will remain in class so long as the clothing is not disruptive to class learning. On the occasion that the clothing is disruptive to class, the student will be removed from the classroom and the parents will be required to bring a change of clothes for the student. After the second offense, the parents and student will have a conference with the Administration. Following the third offense, the parents will be notified and the student will be given in-school suspension for multiple days or will be required to be picked up by the parent or guardian.
Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated, as needed, in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the Administration.
DRESS CODE (High School)
A good school-learning environment is created when students have an appropriate, well-groomed appearance and conduct themselves properly. Anything that tends to detract from this environment is unacceptable. The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
- Sunglasses, hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Only medically/religiously required headgear, approved by the principal, may be worn indoors. Sun-protective clothing must comply with District and school site dress and grooming standards.
- Clothes shall conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, and bare midriffs (showing the stomach) are prohibited. Skirts or shorts shorter than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited. Swimwear, pajamas, nightgowns, and blankets are not appropriate school wear.
- Pants with holes, rips, or tears that are more than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited.
- Clothing or accessories that advertise such substances as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or utilizes double play on words, obscenities, profanity, is gang-related, or is suggestive in any way are prohibited.
- Clothing or accessories that depict illegal actions or use of fire-arms may not be worn.
- Trench coats are prohibited.
- Jewelry which poses a threat to the health and safety of students or which by its size or appearance is distracting in the learning environment (i.e., jewelry with sharp edges or which is so long or dangling as to pose a safety hazard).
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- All tops must have a minimum of two fingers-width of material over the shoulder and must conceal undergarments. Sleeve openings can hang no more than 2-inches below the armpit.
- Hooded sweatshirts and jackets must be worn with hoods down.
- Exposed lanyards and chains hanging from the waist area are prohibited.
Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress policy will be counseled and given a first warning. Repeat offenders will be sent home, as appropriate, in order to change clothes and dress properly for school. Students may initially be counseled by the teacher with a follow up referral. A student who willfully and continuously violates the policy may be subject to suspension.
Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated as needed in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting.
Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the staff and/or administration.
The Center for Academic Success is now accepting applications for new students!
If you are interested in a school that promotes the well being of your child as well as academic success, check us out!
*Call Kathy Hall at 520-439-3518 to set up an interview
*Call Wendy Koop at 520-439-3500 to set up an interview
CAS opened in 1995 and is the largest running charter school in Southern Arizona. Offering 100% highly-qualified caring teaching staff, individualized instruction, and small classroom sizes, we make sure all of our students get the quality education they deserve.
We make it easy on parents by becoming partners in their child’s learning. Parents can expect regular updates on student progress and free required school supplies for each of our students. Additionally, CAS provides free hot breakfast and lunch programs, and free “CAS CARE” programs that will have structured activities in addition to help with homework and tutoring. The programs allow us to offer parents a safe and secure environment for their children as well as an enriching and enjoyable experience for the students. This program will be available from 7:00 a.m. until the start of the school day and from the end of school until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Is CAS a private school?
No, CAS is a public charter school offering a tuition free option for Arizona students. We have no religious affiliation, and emphasize ongoing character development and respect.
Do CAS students take standardized tests?
You bet! Our students participate in AIMS state testing and Stanford tests as a way to measure our progress and theirs. We’ve very proud of our consistently strong AIMS scores. In fact, we tend to out-score other local schools.
Does CAS offer extra-curricular activities?
Of course! Extra-curicular activities help students grow and develop. CAS offers a variety of clubs to excite our students including: robotics, gardening, tech club, and art.
Is tutoring available if my student needs help?
Absolutely! We have after-school tutoring offered daily to help our students succeed. Teachers or parents can request a student attend tutoring and many of our students take advantage of this opportunity.
What if I need to drop off my kid before school or pick him up late?
No problem. We offer FREE care for our students starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. These enrichment programs give our students a safe, supervised environment before and after school at no cost or inconvenience to our parents.
Do you offer transportation?
Unfortunately, we do not have a bus system at this time. However, our free before and after care offer more flexibility so parents can get to and from work on time.
Have a question we didn’t answer?
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