Left, three students in uniform listening in class. Middle, two students in uniform taking notes in class. Right, a student in uniform making crafts in class.

Dress Code



Plain white or plain navy tops include:

Short and long-sleeved t-shirts, short and long-sleeve golf shirts, dress shirts, blouses, turtle necks, hoodies, vests, cardigans, sweaters or sweatshirts​.

  • Sleeves are required.

  • With or without collars.

  • No visible labels, logos, contrasting colours, coloured buttons, coloured stitching, stripes, words, pictures or detailing​.

Plain navy blue bottoms include:

Pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, tunic dress, dress, capri/cargo pants, track, athletic and yoga pants​.

  • Walking/athletic shorts are to be mid-thigh or longer.

  • Skorts are skirts with shorts sewn inside.

  • Cargo pants are ¾ length pants or full length pants whose bottoms can be zipped off (or rolled up) to make them into shorts.

  • Track pants: with tight elastic bottoms or loose open bottoms.

  • Skirts & tunic dresses should be modest length (knee or slightly above knee).

  • Wearing shorts underneath skirts and dresses is recommended but not required.

  • Tunic dresses are solid plain navy blue and worn with plain white or plain navy tops underneath.

  • No visible labels, logos, contrasting colours, coloured buttons, coloured stitching, stripes, words, pictures or detailing​.

Other clothing items include:

  • Tights, socks and leggings.

  • Shoes.

  • Belts.

  • Clothing accessories.​

  • Girls’ tights can be plain white or plain navy blue.

  • Socks (that are visible) can be solid white or solid navy blue.

  • Leggings can be solid white or solid navy blue and are permitted under skirts and dresses, and under tops to mid thigh for all ages. Girls from Junior Kindergarten to 3 are permitted to also wear leggings as pants.

  • Shoes should be suitable for recess, gym and physical activity – running shoes are recommended, secure sandals when weather appropriate.

  • Belts are optional. Belts can be plain black or navy blue.

  • Over-garments are to be plain white, navy blue or plain white.

  • Clothing accessories should be plain navy or white​.

What is Not Included / What Not to Wear

  • Denim/jeans, as mandated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

  • Hats and sunglasses are only to be worn outdoors (outdoor wear).

  • Flip flops and slip on sandals without straps are not recommended.

  • Mini-skirts, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, t-shirts with writing.

  • Clothing with tears/holes.

  • Oversized clothing (shirts to the knee, pants hanging low and off the waist).

  • Undergarments must not be visible.

Other Details

  • St. John Spirit Wear (crested clothing with St. John logo) is permitted to wear on any day.

  • The only requirement for Physical Education (PE) class is that garments be navy and/or white. It is mandatory to change for Grades 4 to 8 for PE class.

    • Footwear for Physical Education includes non-slip, non-marking soles.

  • There is no dress code requirement for student outerwear including outdoor sweaters, jackets, snow pants, hats, gloves, and sunglasses.

  • St. John Spirit Wear (crested) items will be available for purchase from time to time through Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC) initiatives.

  • It is recommended that parents/families label all clothing pieces clearly.

Dress Down Days

During the year, dress-down or non-dress code days will be planned. These days will be announced (i.e., in the Week at a Glance / “The SCOOP”) throughout the year, so parents and students can be prepared. Students have the option of wearing the dress code or regular clothes, which may include coloured clothing, denim/jeans, and logos. All other guidelines for what is not included should be followed. Students should be modestly dressed in keeping with our Catholic values.

  • Blue and White Dress Code Information.

  • Order Form for Blue and White Dress.

Dress Code in TCDSB Schools