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Tottenville High School

Mission Statement for the

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To foster a cooperative and safe educational community in which all students can learn and faculty can teach in an effective and nurturing environment.


To culminate in the creation and maintenance of lifelong learners and responsible citizens through the consistent and equitable adherence to the New York City Department of Education Citywide Standards to Support Student Learning



Dress Code/Dress For Success Policy


Following New York City Department of Education (DOE) policy, students have the right to determine their attire, except where the dress is dangerous, interferes with the teaching and learning process, or violates the DOE’s anti-discrimination policy. Schools have the right to set forth a policy that supports these goals.

We expect ALL students to dress for success at Tottenville High School. THS is committed to creating an atmosphere focused on academic achievement and personal development. 



Dress Code Policy General Regulations

All clothing and accessories, as per Department of Education regulations, must be appropriate for learning. The following list includes items that are prohibited, but not limited to, be worn in school by all students regardless of gender identity: 


  • Any clothing that is revealing, and does not provide full coverage of private body parts. Examples include:
    • Low-cut blouses, tube/halter tops, bralettes, and sports bras worn as shirts, midriff tops (i.e. crop top) or off the shoulder tops, No “muscle” tank tops (i.e., cut out tanks).
    • Short shorts, mini-skirts. All shorts/skirts must meet at a relaxed hand level. 
  • All pants/shorts not affixed at the waistline. 
  • Visible undergarments.
  • Clothing with inappropriate/offensive logos, weapons, violent images, drug references, or wording.
  • Clothing/accessories with metal spikes, sharp protrusions, or wallets with chains.
  • Hats, headbands, bandanas, hoods (from hoodies), sunglasses, costume heads.
  • Costumes that are oversized and cover your face. Capes and Flags that are worn as capes or tied around the neck.
  • Sharp or pointy hair accessories, visible earbuds, headphones, AirPods, and Beats while traveling through the building.

Dress Code Policy Enforcement


  • Students who arrive at school violating this Policy will receive a verbal reprimand and have a parent contacted. 
  • Violators will be expected to change into proper attire delivered to school by a parent/guardian or provided by the school.  
  • All clothing provided by the school is expected to be returned to school.
  • Please support the THS Dress for Success and our Dress Code Policy by checking your child’s attire for compliance before their departure from home and/or before dropping them off at school.
  • Administrators, deans, and counselors will check for Dress Code violations during AM entry and throughout the school day. 
  • Subsequent violations will lead to further disciplinary responses and a required in-school parent conference. 
  • NO HAT POLICY The NYC Department of Education has established a policy which prohibits students from wearing head coverings such as hats, hoods, sweatbands, and scarves in school buildings during the instructional day that are not religious observance requirements. The staff of Tottenville High School actively enforces this policy and is authorized to confiscate any prohibited items. Confiscated head coverings will be returned only to parents/guardians.

At Tottenville High School, We Dress for Success!  Thank you for your Cooperation



Dean’s Office : 

Gregory Pagliarulo

Assistant Principal-Student Life

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Office Phone: 718-668-8800 ext. 40094

email: [email protected]