Dress Code

  • Updated: 08/17/21


    Student Presentation Dress Code: Students are required to wear professional dress on the day of a project presentation or exhibition. Students may wear an Energy issued polo shirt if approved by their teacher for presentations as well. Please see your teachers’ syllabus for further details.

    Field Experiences and Guest Speakers Dress Code: For special events (i.e. Cohort Exhibitions or field experiences) students are required to wear an Energy polo shirt, khaki or black pants, and closed toe shoes (closed toed shoes only when requested). Being out of special event dress may result in being removed from attending the event or participating in the event. Students who are out of dress code for an event will receive a detention and may possibly not be able to attend the event depending on the field trip requirements. 

    Daily Dress Code
    The Energy Institute dress code requires neat, clean, and appropriate dress and grooming. Students should be dressed in such a manner that their appearance in the school contributes to the learning process, doesn’t interrupt the learning process, and represents our school in a positive manner. The dress code is always in effect while on-campus or while attending any HISD/EIHS sponsored event.

    • School provided student ID must always be worn around the neck on a lanyard (also provided).
    • Clothing and tops with hoods are not permitted on-campus.
    • Skirts, shorts, and dresses may be no more than 3 finger-widths above the kneecap.
    • Tights may be worn with skirts or dresses that are 3 finger-widths above the kneecap.
    • Sweats, joggers, jeggings, leggings, tights, athletic or dance pants/shorts are not permitted.
    • Students may not wear athletic shorts (mesh, dry-fit, cotton, sweatshirt material, etc.).
    • Clothing with holes, rips, or shredding are not permitted, even if skin is not showing. Tights, leggings, t-shirts, or tank tops underneath do not compensate for the holes.
    • Shirts must overlap pants by two inches; midriffs may not be visible when arms are raised.
    • Dresses and blouses may not be backless or off the shoulder, and they must have straps that are at least three inches wide.
    • Graphics/photos on clothing/backpacks must not allude to violence, gangs, sex, drugs, alcohol or other lawlessness; the same applies to jewelry and other types of accessories. Photos with nudity or partial nudity on clothes or accessories are strictly prohibited.
    • Slippers, pajama pants, nor blankets may not be worn at school. Neither stuffed animals nor pillows are to be carried.
    • Over-sized, baggy clothing is not acceptable. Boys’ boxer shorts and/or basketball shorts should not be visible when worn under jeans or shorts. No “sagging.”
    • Boys may not wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts.
    • Students may not wear tank tops, racer back shirts, spaghetti-strapped shirts or off the shoulder shirts. Vests, hoodies, or other jackets worn over such tops do not suffice. Undergarments, including bra straps, should not be visible. Cleavage should not be visible.
    • No headwear may be worn on campus, whether inside or outside. This includes but is not limited to baseball caps (even Energy ones), bandanas, wave cap, do-rags, knitted hats, bonnets, sweatbands. These must be placed out of sight (backpack, etc.) upon entering the building. Sunglasses are not permitted. Headbands cannot be athletic material, worn on the forehead.
    • Headphones and earbuds should not be worn in hallways and classrooms. Headphones and earbuds may be used on assignments in the classroom when permitted by the teacher.
    • Headwear worn for religious purposes  must be communicated with the student’s dean in advance.
    • Chains hanging from jeans are not acceptable.
    • If dress/accessories seemingly fit(s) the profile of gang affiliation, administration reserves authority to disallow it.
    • Students may not wear slides or flip flops. Students must wear closed toe shoes as requested by Energy staff for STEM labs. All shoes must have a back strap. Appropriateness of dress shall be assessed by the administration.

    Note: Energy Institute administration reserves the right to determine if a student’s dress is out of dress code or in any other way inappropriate. Administrative decisions will be final.

    If it is determined by an administrator that a student is dressed inappropriately, the student may not attend classes until dressed appropriately.

    Students are expected to respond respectfully  toward staff when dress code issues arise.  Further disciplinary consequences may be used if students display inappropriate behavior.


    Consequences for violations of dress code:

    Consequences may vary based on the severity of the violation.


    • First offense: Student may be given the opportunity to change into appropriate clothes if he/she has some available. Parents will be notified. If a change of clothes is not available, parents will be asked to bring a change of clothes. The student will not return to class until they are in dress code. Students will be given a written warning and a phone call home.


    • Second offense: Student may be given the opportunity to change into clothes if he/she has some available. If a change of clothes is not available, parents will be asked to bring a change of clothes. In addition to not returning to class and a phone call home, he/she will be assigned detention.  Parents will be notified of the infraction.


    • Third offense: Student may be given the opportunity to change into clothes if he/she has some available. If a change of clothes is not available, parents will be asked to bring a change of clothes. Parents will need to meet with the dean and student. The student will receive detention. If a student continues to violate the dress code policy, it may result in a suspension, further disciplinary consequences, and possibly a student’s transfer not being renewed.  


    Confiscated hats or inappropriate clothing or accessories must be picked up by the parent from an administrator. They will not be returned directly to the student.  At the end of the year, unclaimed items will be donated.


    Administration will conduct periodic dress code sweeps to enforce campus dress code policies. Students found out of dress code during these sweeps will receive appropriate disciplinary consequences.