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Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD)

The standard mode of dress (SMOD) has been implemented in several of the district’s schools to help alleviate peer pressure associated with fashion while preventing some behavioral problems. The SMOD varies for each school, but it typically consists of a collared or polo-type shirt paired with khaki, black or navy pants, shorts or skirts. The pants must be fitting in the waist, and skirts and shorts must be at least knee-length. The SMOD also calls for closed-toe shoes.

The use of the SMOD policy should not be as a stand-alone method for improvement in school climate, discipline or achievement. GCS staff and national research suggest that this policy should be chosen for the right reasons, not for superficial ones, and should be used in combination with other improvement efforts. The Guilford County Board of Education is currently allowing this program to remain a site-based decision so long as there is strong community support for it.

Schools with SMOD:

Allen Middle

Hairston Middle

Oak Hill Elementary

Andrews High

Hampton Academy

Parkview Elementary

Aycock Middle

High Point Central Academy

Ragsdale High

Bluford Elementary

High Point Central High

Pruette SCALE

Cone Elementary

High School Ahead


Dudley High

Jackson Middle

Smith High

Eastern Middle

Jamestown Middle

Southern High

Falkener Elementary

Kirkman Park Elementary

Southern Middle

Ferndale Middle

Kiser Middle

Southwest High

Foust Elementary

Montlieu Elementary

Triangle Lake Montessori

Frazier Elementary

Murphey Elementary

Vandalia Elementary

Gillespie Elementary

Northeast High

Welborn Middle

Guilford  Middle

Northeast Middle

Wiley Elementary

For schools that don’t have a SMOD, check with the individual school for the dress code.


To view the SMOD research brief, click here.

To view the Board policy regarding SMOD, click here.

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