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Dress Code

Recent Name C​​hange and School Uniform

We understand that a key issue relating to our name change and rebranding relates to our school uniform. Though not required, a TCDSB crest to sew over the former Jean Vanier crest will be made available upon request. Students also have the following uniform options for the 2020-2021 school year: 

Grades 10, 11 and 12 Students: students can continue to wear the uniform items they already have, in addition to: 

  • A plain white oxford dress shirt

  • A plain white golf shirt 

Grade 9 Students: 

  • Plain white oxford dress shirt

  • Plain white golf shirt

  • Plain grey McCarthy dress pants

  • Plain blue ¾ zip sweater from McCarthy

  • Black shoes 

McCarthy is aware of our school’s name change, and information regarding updated uniform items that will be available for purchase for September 2020 can be found in this document

The Toronto Catholic District School Board requires each school to have a uniform and that the uniform policy will be enforced by administrators, teachers, and staff in a consistent way. All students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy must be in uniform when they come to school. Students may be sent home to get into uniform if they come to school out of uniform. Parents are expected to support the school in regard to enforcing the uniform. Each student is expected to wear the uniform appropriately all through the school day.

The guidelines below outline how the uniform will be enforced at the school:

Guidelines for Uniform and Dress Code

Students, proper deportment is YOUR responsibility!

You must arrive and leave the school in full uniform, and must remain in full uniform throughout the day, including lunch time.

All students must wear a blue St. Joan of Arc logo short-sleeve or long-sleeve golf shirt.  A white or blue undershirt that is not visible may be worn under the golf shirt.

In the colder weather, students may choose to wear a McCarthy’s monogrammed school zip polo or school pull over sweater.  Please note that the long or short sleeve golf shirt must be worn at all times, even when wearing the zip polo.

All students must wear plain, solid black below‑the‑ankle shoes. Any logos, striping or markings on the shoes are not allowed.  No version of open-toe sandals, open shoes, or slippers is part of our uniform.

Girls must wear a kilt or grey dress pants only from McCarthy’s.  No jeans, cargo pants or tight pants are permitted. Dress pants are not to be altered to make them tight.  With the pants, black or navy-blue socks must be worn.  With the kilt, plain black/navy blue knee socks or black/navy blue opaque stockings/leotards must be worn at all times. The length of the kilt must be at or just above the knees.

Boys must wear grey dress pants only from McCarthy’s.  No cargo pants, jeans or “Dickeys” are permitted. Dress pants are not to be altered to make them tight.  Black/navy blue socks must be worn.

Hats and other head gear are not permitted to be worn in school.  Bandanas or any material that covers the head/face/hair are not permitted to be worn or carried in school or on school property unless for religious reasons.

Jackets are to be worn only when entering or leaving the building (e.g., going to the portables)

Makeup and hair should be appropriate for school and consistent with the look of a school uniform.

Jewelry should be tasteful and in keeping with the values of a Catholic high school. Piercings must be plain, small, with simple studs or hoops. Necklaces must be inside clothing; Rosaries are NOT considered jewelry and must not be worn as such.

On non-uniform days logos/signs/symbols on shirts should be consistent with Catholic values; Students are not permitted to change in the halls or inside the gymnasium. If changing is required for Physical Education, Drama etc., the full uniform should be worn to class and changes made in the location designated by the class teacher. 

The school uniform is available through R. J. McCarthy Ltd., 12 Trojan Gate, which is north of Finch Avenue East and West of Kennedy Road. For further information call 416.593.6900.

Dress Code in TCDSB Schools

All Elementary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt an Appropriate Dress Code or Uniform Dress Code.

All Secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt a Uniform Dress Code. 

Parents are encouraged to review the local dress code at their child’s school and to direct their questions to the principal of the school.