Dress Code

Dress Code

Early Childhood

  • Clothes need to be the appropriate size, neither too big nor too small.
  • Clothes can be made of natural fibres like cotton and wool. These fibres prevent sweating and provide warmth in winter.
  • Please choose clothes without pictures, logos or words; black is inappropriate for this age. Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not appropriate for school.
  • Avoid nail polish, hair dye, make-up and tattoos. These products can be toxic and are a form of adornment better suited to a later age.
  • For fall and spring provide a sun hat, rain pants, coat and hat and rubber boots (on colder days, with woollen socks). A long-sleeved shirt with a short-sleeved shirt underneath is essential on those cool fall and spring mornings.

In winter, children need:

  • long underwear;
  • a woollen sweater or vest;
  • a snow suit – (check for length when child bends over);
  • winter boots – (removable liners for easy drying);
  • a hat;
  • mittens or gloves;
  • a scarf or neck warmer; and
  • two pair of socks when it is very cold

A rule of thumb is two layers below the belt and three layers above. Layering allows us to take some clothing off as needed. Check that boots allow your child to move freely.

  • Avoid watches and jewellery.
  • Indoor shoes should have an enclosed heel and a waterproof sole. Avoid shoes with gimmicks like wheels, flashing lights etc. In kindergarten, shoes that lace up rather than fasten with Velcro are preferred.

Lower School

At Toronto Waldorf School we strive to support the healthy development of our students in all aspects of school life. Our dress code has been designed with this in mind and serves to empower students by holding true to the pedagogical understanding of the right thing at the right time.

In terms of clothing the following requirements are essential:

  • All clothing must be made of breathable fabrics. Cotton and wool are excellent choices.
  • Students will be outdoors in all types of weather. They must have sufficient warm clothes and an outer layer suitable to the weather conditions. To ensure comfort for a variety of activities it is important that the students dress in layers that can easily be put on or removed.
  • Tops are to be of a solid colour or a simple printed, knit or woven pattern. Camouflage patterns and pop culture graphics are not acceptable. Pictures, logos, brand names and messages are not permitted, TWS clothing being the exception in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Tops must cover the midriff when hands are lifted over the head. Sleeveless tops that cover the top of the shoulder are acceptable. Tank tops, racer back, halter-tops, muscle shirts and tops with spaghetti straps may not be worn.
  • Pants are to fit well allowing for free movement (i.e. not too tight, not too loose). They must be tidy without tears or frays. Sweat pants, warm-up pants, track pants, athletic shorts etc. are not allowed. Pants that hang below the shoe are not acceptable.
  • Skirts, dresses and shorts are to follow the same criteria as pants. Free movement here refers to tightness of fit as well as length. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least as long as the tip of the baby finger as it rests on the standing leg with the arms hanging straight. They should not be floor length. Leggings and jeggings can only be worn with appropriate tops that meet the same length criteria as skirts and dresses.
  • Hats, bandannas and other head-coverings, including headscarves, may not be worn in class. Exceptions can be made to accommodate religious considerations.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn indoors
  • Shoes must be closed and supportive to the feet. Slippers, sandals, flip-flops, boots, Crocs and Ugg styled footwear are not permitted for inside use. In warmer weather, sandals that are secured around the heel are permissible.
  • Socks must be worn at all times except in times of hot weather when appropriate sandal wear will be permissible.
  • Hair must be worn off the face.
  • Jewellery should not be of a distracting nature nor should it compromise student safety in any way. Earrings are to be of a modest variety, no longer than one inch in length or one inch in diameter. Only studs and keepers are permissible for earring wear in Grades 1 through 5.
  • Make-up, including nail polish, is permissible only in Grades 7 and 8. Only make-up suitable for daytime wear is allowed.

The teachers will determine the appropriateness of any clothing, hairstyle, jewellery or fashion accessories worn in school.

  • Students whose tops do not conform to the dress code will be instructed to do one of the following: turn the clothing inside out, wear their gym class uniform or wear a shirt that the teacher has available for such cases. It is expected that they will wear an appropriate top the next day.
  • When pants, skirts, dresses or shorts do not conform to code, the parents of the student will be contacted and it is expected that appropriate clothes will be worn the next day.
  • If inappropriate footwear is worn, students will wear their gym shoes as a substitute for the day and it is expected that appropriate footwear will be worn the next day.
  • Students are expected to remove any make-up or jewellery deemed inappropriate by any member of the faculty.

Should there be repeated disregard for any aspect of the dress code, parents will be contacted and further steps taken.

High School

Proper school attire promotes self-respect and a positive school attitude. Students should wear clothing that is clean, neat, modest and suitable for the activity and the season. Because clothing is part of the school environment, we expect our dress code to contribute to an ambience conducive to learning.

The following conditions are essential clothing requirements at Toronto Waldorf in the High School:

  •  In the interest of students’ safety shoes must be worn at all times, flip-flops are not allowed. Some activities require specific foot-wear that will be determined by the teacher.
  •  Hats and other head-coverings, including girl’s head-scarves, may not be worn in class except for religious reasons.
  • Sun-glasses may not be worn indoors.
  • Shirts must fully cover the cleavage, kidneys and midriff area; T-shirts with spaghetti straps and bare shoulders must be covered; underwear should not be visible
  • Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than mid-thigh length. No inappropriate slogans or images may be worn on clothes at school. Ripped, torn or dirty clothing may not be worn at school
  • On some occasions in the school calendar, such as performance evenings and festivals, students may be required to wear more formal clothing such as dark pants or skirts an black shirts (often referred to as “dress blacks”).
  • Students are required to change into a gym uniform for physical education classes, for hygienic reasons and to allow safe and full movement in all activities. The uniform consists of the TWS school shirt, TWS school shorts or appropriate athletic pants (no zippers, pockets or belts that can be caught in equipment) and athletic shoes with non-marking soles.

In addition to these essential requirements, the faculty reserves the right to decide whether dress or appearance support the high school dress code. Students may be asked to change into their gym uniform if dress attire is deemed inappropriate, or parents may be called to supply other clothes.

Please refer to our current Highschool Handbook for more on the dresscode.