CDS DRess Code
The basic tenets for student dress are neatness, cleanliness, safety, and good taste. Clothes can be purchased from any vendor that meets school guidelines, and the Lion's Pride Used Uniform Shop managed by the Parent Association in the CDS Annex is an excellent option for high-quality, affordable school clothes. For your convenience, we also have partnered with Lands' End School Uniforms (school code 900152653) and with French Toast School Uniforms (school code QS4NGH) to set up an account that includes your child’s gender and grade, allowing you to view and purchase the full range of permissible clothing options.
General requirements for all grades include:
Should be safe, sensible, and secure (no flip-flops, high-heels, etc.).
Children play outdoors every day possible. Please ensure that your child has proper clothing for sudden changes of weather conditions, including hats, gloves, and boots. At the discretion of the teacher, children without the appropriate clothing may be required to stay inside.
Preschool - Kindergarten
Students should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate, play-ready clothing. Please provide an extra set of seasonal clothing to keep at school.
No designs, logos, or adornments are permitted except for the CDS logo.
Khaki or navy chino, cargo, or slack style.
Cotton or cotton-blend pants.
No "skinny" or jean styles: must be able to “pinch an inch” all the way to the ankle.
Must be belted or self-belted at the waist and must sit at waist area with no visible undergarments.
In warm weather, khaki or navy capri pants or walking shorts are permitted to the top of knee or below.
Skirts, skorts, dresses, and jumpers
Solid navy and khaki or plaid, knee length styles to just above the knee or longer.
Polo-style dresses are acceptable.
No sheer or see-through styles.
Short or long sleeved, collared, polo-style only (no turtlenecks or button-down).
Grades 1-5: Solid black, cobalt, forest green (evergreen), heather gray, navy, white, yellow.
Grades 6-8: Any solid color.
Never excessively tight.
No visible layering; undershirts only at the neckline and tops must overlap pants or skirt.
Solid plain navy, black, white, or CDS zipper, crew neck or hooded sweatshirts only.
All CDS sweatshirts and warm-up jackets are acceptable.
Solid plain zipper, cardigan, or crew neck sweaters with or without hoods in uniform colors (navy, black, white).
Socks and leg wear
Only white, navy, or black socks, or knee-highs.
Tights to the ankle or full-length.
Middle school students must wear any CDS T-shirt with gym shoes and socks. Official CDS gym shorts must be purchased from Lands' End using the school code 900152653.
Kippot in Preschool - Grade 8
Boys must, and girls may, wear a kippah at all times in the building. Students will follow their family's practice in determining whether to wear kippot on field trips (unless destination is Jewish-themed), at recess, gym, or after-school and evening activities. Community Day School and Kippa Kids have teamed up to offer a special fundraising opportunity! Buy your kippot through Kippa Kids, and CDS receives 18%.
Dress down days
No stains or tears.
No cut-off or fringed styles; all clothing must be hemmed.
No sleeveless or excessively tight attire.
No tight jeans, leggings, or "skinny" styles; must be able to “pinch an inch” all the way to the ankle.
No inappropriate sayings.
In warm weather, skirts, Capri pants, or walking shorts are permitted to just above the knee or longer.