Dress Code

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YES Prep North Central Secondary Dress Code & Uniform Expectations 2023 – 2024 

Will students be required to wear uniforms? 

North Central Secondary students are required to wear a YES Prep polo shirt/YES Prep spirit shirt five (5) days a week to strengthen school pride, unify the community and to promote a college-going culture.   

All YES Prep North Central Secondary students will be provided with one (1) YES Prep polo and four (4) campus spirit shirts for the 2023-2024 school year.

What do I need to purchase? 

Items that will be Provided by YES Prep 

  • Student ID badge and lanyard  

  • 4 YES Prep spirit shirt  

  • 1 Polo 

Items to Purchase at a Store 

  • Backpack, must be clear or mesh 

  • Dress code bottoms 

  • Dress code shoes 

  • Navy Blue Outerwear or YES Prep Outerwear  

Where and how do I receive uniform items?  

At Trailblazer "Back-to-School" Family Nights on August 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. for middle school families and August 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. for high school families.

What if I want to buy more YES Prep spirit shirts or polo shirts?   

More information will be provided in early September regarding purchasing additional YES Prep spirit shirts and polo shirts.  

*Students with financial hardship can reach out to their student support counselor for assistance with the purchase of YES Prep attire. Assistance will be determined based on need. 

Schedule of uniforms and samples of the shirts offered

What are the dress code expectations? 

ID Badge 

Students must always wear Student ID badges while on campus.  ID badges must always be worn on a lanyard and visible.  



Students may choose between pants, skirts, or shorts of the following:   

  • Khakis (any color)  

  • Jeans (any color)  

  • Athletic bottoms (any color) 

Additional Bottom Requirements: 

  • Students may not wear pajama pants or bottoms with holes. 

  • Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than mid-thigh.  

  • Bottoms may not have holes/tears above the knee. They can be worn with leggings underneath.  

Students are not required to wear belts. 



For safety purposes, all shoes must meet the following criteria:  

  • Closed-toed  

  • Must have backs (i.e. no slides)  

  • Must have hard soles (i.e. no slippers)  

  • Any color is permitted  

  • Crocs are not permitted 


Students are required to wear a YES Prep Polo and/or YES Prep Spirit Shirt Monday through Friday. 

Students are not required to tuck in shirts.  

Free Dress 


Students will be given opportunities for Free Dress through school initiatives. In the case that students can wear free dress, clothing should meet the following criteria:  

  • T-shirts are acceptable; however all clothing and accessories must be school appropriate. YES Prep prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on T-shirts that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other substance, show gang affiliation or depict violence in any way.  

  • No tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, net or sheer tops, shirts with spaghetti straps or strapless tops for any student.  

  • No bare midriffs (half shirts) allowed for any student.  

  • No open-toed shoes. 



Students may wear: 

  • any YES Prep outerwear 

  • solid non-YES Navy Blue outerlayer (no images or large logos) 

Students may also have the option of purchasing the following from YES Prep or Athletic Departments to build school-pride and community: Students may choose from the following:  

  • YES Prep sweatshirt  

  • YES Prep cardigan  

  • Campus athletics department outwear (purchased through campus Athletics Department)  

  • Campus-issued grade level or spirit sweatshirts etc. (purchased through campus as applicable)  



Students may have visible piercings and tattoos as long as messaging and images are school-appropriate.  

Accessory items that are spiked (bracelets, belts, collars) are not permitted due to safety reasons.   

Students may wear a variety hairstyles and colors. Head shaving designs are permitted as long as images are school-appropriate.  

Hats and sunglasses are not permitted for safety purposes.  

Religious head-coverings are permitted. 

Backpack Policy 


To improve safety measures currently in place, YES Prep North Forest Secondary will require all students to use clear backpacks (no mesh). Small non-transparent bags no larger than 6” x 9” will be allowed for personal items, such as school supplies, cellphones, money, and hygiene products.  

Students participating in extracurricular activities are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their activity (i.e., athletics, dance, etc.). Upon entry into school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in designated areas.  

Additionally, the maximum size for non-transparent bags permitted to carry during the school day, such as lunch kits and purses, will be 6”x 9”x 5”.  

For more information about this new policy, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


YES Prep’s updated dress code policy 

YES Prep’s dress code policy is centered around values of equity and school pride. The YES Prep dress code allows for building individuality and allows for community building through campus-specific attire. The dress code is a daily expectation and should meet district and campus guidelines. Like all YES Prep policies, if a student’s dress or accessory choice poses a concern for student physical or emotional safety, a campus administrator has the discretion to disallow the dress item.  

The specific dress code policy for the 2023-2024 school year for each campus will be shared soon. Each school will communicate this information directly to their families when available. 

For more insight into YES Prep’s dress code policy, click here.