The Ancona School has no uniforms or formal dress code. Children should wear shoes and clothing that are:

  • Neat and in good repair. Shoelaces should be tied.
  • Safe for running, jumping, climbing and other forms of indoor and outdoor play – no open-toed sandals or flip-flops.
  • Appropriate for art activities and sitting on the floor.
  • Comfortable and sturdy
  • Not unduly distracting or revealing — undergarments, stomachs and buttocks must be fully covered, even when sitting. Clothing should not be transparent.  Short shorts, very short skirts, tops with spaghetti straps, and pants worn below the underwear line are not allowed.

In addition:

  • Neither hats nor other non-religious head coverings may be worn in the school building.
  • Clothing may not include advertising or images that promote the use of items, substances or values inappropriate to Ancona. This includes alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons or anything of a violent, sexual, discriminatory or offensive nature.

We strongly discourage competition among the children based upon designer labels and popular clothing brands. School is not an appropriate place for expensive clothing. Please help your child to understand that when judging people, it’s what’s inside that counts.


Preprimary children must have a change of clothing (which fits!) in a shoebox labeled with the child’s name for the occasional spill or accident. Please remember to replace the clothing in the box as the weather changes and your child grows. Every preprimary child should have a backpack so that important messages and materials can be sent home easily and safely.

Physical Education

For physical education classes, children must wear:

  • A tee shirt
  • Shorts, leggings or sweatpants
  • Athletic shoes and socks.  (Certain physical education activities, i.e. yoga, martial arts, African dance) will be performed barefoot.  Students may wear “yoga socks” for these activities if they so desire.

Jeans are not allowed.

Physical education clothes should be kept in a labeled bag in school and brought home periodically for laundering.

Lost and Found

Label any piece of clothing your young child is likely to remove during the day: jackets, snow pants, sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, etc. You can order labels at www.namemaker.com.

A lost and found collection is maintained in the Mitchell Commons. After one week unclaimed, items are donated to charity.