School standards for clothing and appearance are established to promote a wholesome, spiritual, social, and academic atmosphere to encourage our students to reflect a godly character (1 Thess. 5:22) as those who are called to be ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) and to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
General Dress Code
- All clothing must fit proportionately, not too loose or too tight.
- All HCS students must wear polo shirts. The shirt can be white, navy blue, or red (no other color allowed) and has to be tucked in at all times. Long sleeve undershirts must be red, white, or navy blue.
- All students must wear navy blue or khaki colored pants (no jeans or cargo pants; navy blue or khaki corduroys are acceptable).
- No extreme hair colors or styles allowed, including bleached hair color (tastefully done highlights are acceptable). For boys, hair must be off eyebrows, ears, and collar.
- Girls may wear navy blue or khaki colored jumpers or skirts instead of pants. The jumpers and skirts must be at least knee-length, and the girls must wear a white, navy blue, or red polo shirt under their jumpers and with their skirts.
- All HCS students must wear closed toe shoes and socks.
- Middle School girls may wear make-up in moderation. Girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade may not wear make-up.
Chapel Dress Code
- Boys must wear dress pants, dress shirt (buttons all the way down the front) and tie. Shirts and ties may vary from the standard HCS colors of white, navy blue, and red.
- Girls must wear dresses, skirts, or jumpers (these must be at least knee-length). Dresses, skirts, and tops may vary from the standard HCS colors of white, navy blue, and red.
Cold Weather Dress Code
- Boys and girls may wear sweaters or fleece vests (any color) over polo shirt or turtleneck shirt on cold days (no turtleneck sweaters). The turtleneck and polo shirts must be navy blue, red, or white.
- Only sweatshirts purchased from the school will be allowed in the classroom. Hoods are not allowed on in the classroom.
- From October to March, students must wear winter coats for outdoor recesses.
- Students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade must keep a pair of gym shoes at school for indoor use only.
- Middle school students must bring P.E. clothes and indoor, non-marking shoes to school on P.E. days. The P.E. clothes should be discrete and should promote a wholesome atmosphere.
- The specific P.E. attire is: Black basketball type shorts, that are within 2" of the knees, and grey crew neck tee shirt/no running shorts or spandex.
Non-uniform Attire Guidelines
Throughout the year, several days are designated "Spirit Days." On such days, students are allowed to wear clothing outside of the usual chapel dress and red/white/blue polo dress guidelines. However, such days do not mean students are allowed to wear inappropriate clothing to school. The guidelines below govern non-uniform dress policy:
- Jeans or pants are permissible as long as there are no large frays or tears in inappropriate areas.
- For girls who choose to wear them, skirts or dresses must be knee length or longer.
- No tank tops, halter-style tops or spaghetti-style straps are allowed.
- T-shirts should either be plain or have only “family-friendly” messages.
- Shorts are appropriate during warm weather Spirit Days and will be announced ahead of time when they are allowed.
Parents who enroll children at Heritage must agree that their children will be taught the doctrinal standards of the school. The following statement expresses the doctrinal standards of Heritage Christian School:
We believe in the historic Christian faith, which includes these truths among others equally precious:
- the full truthfulness, inerrancy and the authority of the Bible which is the Word of God;
- the holiness and the love of the one sovereign God-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
- the true deity and sinless humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth; His atoning death, "the just for the unjust;" His bodily resurrection; His glorious coming again;
- salvation by grace through faith alone;
- the oneness in Christ of those He has redeemed with His own precious blood.
We believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, is a satisfactory exposition of the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scripture. (Heritage Christian School ByLaws)
The doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. For purposes of Heritage Christian School’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Session of the Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
These truths form the basis for all teaching in the school. In addition to Scripture verses, Heritage students memorize the First Catechism in grades K-3, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism in grades 4-8. By enrolling your child at Heritage, you agree to assist him/her in memorizing the assigned memory work. You further pledge to keep doctrinal controversy out of the school at all times.
Weekly chapel services include time for musical worship and hearing biblical messages. Special programs, such as the annual Christmas program, emphasize spiritual truths and involve all students. Our teachers will be teaching biblical principles as different subjects are taught and various situations arise during the day. All these things are done with the desire to instill a love for God and a love for God’s Word in our students’ hearts.