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Dress Code

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School Student Dress Code

The Indianapolis Met dress code ensures that all students are safe and helps to maintain an atmosphere of respectful communication and learning.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that though students retain the right of freedom of expression, schools may establish dress codes to protect the learning environment.

As part of our Puma Promise, Indianapolis Met students are expected to show professionalism, support to others and to show motivation for future goals. This requires dress and grooming that keep the atmosphere focused on learning and which are consistent with expectations for dress students may experience in a workplace after high school.

Students are expected to hold themselves accountable to this code at any time they are in the building or representing Indy Met at an extracurricular event. If students inadvertently violate the dress code, we expect them to be unstoppable by borrowing an appropriate item from the school to wear for the day that will allow them to return to class. Students who violate the dress code after daily corrections are given at the start of the school day will receive a disciplinary consequence.

  • Student IDs must be worn on a lanyard around the neck at all times in the building. The only exception is when under supervision of Athletics staff for physical education classes or athletic events. Students who forget their IDs will be required to complete additional sign-in procedures and may face additional consequences if they repeatedly forget their IDs. Students who lose their IDs will be required to purchase a new one using cash or Puma Points.
  • Tops and dresses must have sleeves (defined as at least 3 inches wide), full coverage of back and front of torso (not see-through), and cover all undergarments. Tops must cover the person’s midriff at all times, when standing or seated. 
  • Pants, skirts or shorts must be worn at the waist with all undergarments fully covered (not see-through). Pants, skirts, or shorts should touch the student’s top at all times when standing or seated. Pants, skirts or shorts must reach to or below the student’s fingertips when their arms are held straight against their sides. If items have slits, tears or rips that expose skin, those openings must be below the fingertips. 
  • Students’ heads and eyes should be uncovered at all times in the building. Headbands must be smaller than 3 inches. Hoods, hats, caps, sunglasses, rollers, bandannas, and any other head coverings are not to be worn. 
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Discretion should be used as to the appropriateness and safety of certain types of shoes. No house slippers or shoes with cleats or wheels (roller skate shoes) may be worn. 
  • Students, male or female, are NOT allowed to wear any head coverings, including, but not limited to: hats, caps, hoods, scarves, and bandanas.* 
  • Attire that may damage school property or cause personal injury to others (such as chains or studded items) is not to be worn. 
  • Any apparel, jewelry, manner of grooming, or personal items including but not limited to school supplies, purses, cosmetics, or accessories which by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute denote membership in a gang or advocate drug/alcohol use, violence, sexual activity, or messages hateful to others will not be worn inside the school building. 

Note: Any issue not listed in the dress code policy or questions regarding interpretation are at the discretion of the school Dean/Administration.

*Students who need modifications to the dress code because of religious or health reasons will be allowed at the discretion of the school Dean/Administration.

“Indy Met is truly a unique school where students can learn and prepare for life after high school.”  Christina Lear

Principal