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Dress Code

Cotter Students in Kindergarten-Grades 12 are required to follow the following dress code requirements.

Students at our St. Mary's Campus are not expected to follow these dress code requirements. Students are expected to take pride in the way they dress. Students are expected to dress modestly and neatly. Attire should always be suitable and appropriate for the classroom. Please be aware that tennis shoes are required for gym class. Shorts and sandals (with socks) may be worn (no flip-flops).

Tank tops/sundresses are not allowed at any time during the school year. Please wear shorts under dresses/skirts.


As a learning community, Cotter students and faculty have as their primary focus the academic growth of the student. Distractions such as dress, behavior, and class interruptions are to be minimized. A clear, consistently enforced dress code ensures that the focus remains on academics for all involved. 

Students are to be neat, clean, modest, and respectful in their attire, reflecting a positive self-image. 


Students may not wear jeans, sweatpants, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, athletics shorts or pants, flannel pants, other form-fitting pants, spandex shorts, hoodies, jackets, backless shoes, slippers, or any apparel with holes or rips. Hats and sports caps are not allowed to be worn during the school day.

Cotter Dress Code Shopping Guide

We asked a few current students and parents about their favorite shopping spots and dress code appropriate clothing items. Here are the results! 

Looking to buy or sell Cotter dress code clothing? Check out this Facebook page.