An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

Dress Code

The St. Anne's Episcopal School dress code is a symbol of our community and values, signaling everyone’s equal stature. Appropriate dress establishes a productive tone and minimizes distractions within the learning environment. On an as-needed basis, each Division Head may make modifications as weather or other circumstances require.   

Students should always attend school in clothes that are neat, clean, and in good repair. Common sense, along with adherence to our core values of respect, responsibility, and compassion, should dictate parental and student choice of school clothes. SAES students are expected to accept this responsibility, and the school depends upon the cooperation of the entire school community in adhering to the spirit of this code. 

The SAES Dress Code includes enough flexibility that students can dress for any weather. Families should keep in mind that some classes may meet outside, and as a result, students should come to school prepared to do work both indoors and outdoors, depending on the teacher/class.

We ask that students refrain from wearing items that distract from the learning environment. Any clothing displaying logos, labels, and phrases of any kind are not permitted. Hats/caps as well as Tube tops, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, or dresses with similar tops are not permitted.

Interpretation of these rules allows for some individuality of expression, but students should dress respectfully for school.

Branded clothing can be purchased from Tommy Hilfiger, Land’s End (use Preferred School Number 900074451). 

Suggested stores that carry attire that adheres to St. Anne’s School Dress Code: 

Heron Sports attire can be purchased from RG Promotions.



Shirts – collared shirts (polos, button-downs, rugbies, etc.) blouses or turtlenecks 

  • 1 of 4 solid colors – navy, gray, white or dark green (please try to reserve green for 8th graders only)

  • SAES branded or plain (without logos or writing) 

 Pants and Shorts

  • Non-athletic shorts or “uniform” trousers/slacks/khakis — any solid colors 

  • No jeans/jean shorts; no cargo pants/cargo shorts.

  • Shorts must be mid-thigh to knee length

 Skirts, Dresses/Jumpers and Leggings

  • School “uniform” skirts — any solid colors  

  • School “uniform” dresses/jumpers — 1 of 5 solid colors (navy, khaki/tan, dark green, gray or white)

  • Leggings can only be worn underneath a skirt/shorts and must be solid colored.  

  • Dresses, skirts and shorts must be "uniform" length (mid-thigh to knee). 

Sweatshirts, Sweaters and Jackets 

  • Sweatshirts and sweaters/sweater vests must be 1 of 4 solid colors – navy, white, gray or dark green.

  • Sweatshirts must have SAES writing/logo or be without any logos or writing.

  • Jackets should only be worn outside. 


Heron Pride Fridays

Fridays are a day to show your Heron pride and spirit! While our dress code standards still apply, we encourage students to display love for their school. Students may follow our regular dress code, and they can also wear:

  • Top: Any SAES-branded clothing.

  • Bottom: More casual such as jeans, sweatpants or shorts without holes or rips — all clothing must be solid colored and without any logos or non-SAES writing.



P.E. & Game Days

  • Students must change in and out of our required P.E. uniform. If not purchased from our vendor, P.E. athletic shorts must be solid navy blue, without a logo and of an appropriate "uniform" length.

  • On P.E. days, students should come to school following the regular dress code with one exception; if students have P.E. first period, they may wear their P.E. uniform to school. After P.E. class, students must then change into their dress code clothing.

  • Students may wear game jerseys on game days (only).


Hats & Hoods are to be worn outdoors only.

Teachers will ask students not in dress code to change into  our stored clothing and a note home will follow.


Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten

  • No formal dress code for PS, PK and K students.

  • Dress should be neat and appropriate for school.

  • Jeans, cargo and capri style pants are permitted as are leggings and sweatpants.

  • Some writing on clothing, which is appropriate for school, is allowed.

  • Shoes should be appropriate for weather, terrain, and classroom activities. 

  • Open-toed shoes are not permitted

  • Short sleeves are permitted. Spaghetti straps and backless shirts are not.

  • PS families will need to purchase a specific rainsuit -- details of which will be provided by their teacher


  • 1 pair of rain boots 

  • 1 pair of rain pants 

  • 1 raincoat



Tommy Hilfiger


Lands End


RG Promotions

GYM Uniforms & Spirit wear