Junior High Prom

two girls before dance

Some middle schools have junior high proms as a dance event for younger teens.

About Junior High Proms

Junior high proms usually come at the end of the school year. A lot of kids might be hesitant to attend, but these dances can be a lot of fun. This is your chance to attend a grownup event, get dressed up, and socialize. The dances are often like a costume party. There is no need to take the evening too seriously, but rather to enjoy yourself and get the chance to dance with a guy or girl you've had your eye on. Some people will bring dates, while others will come with friends or have group dates.

These dances often have dress up themes:

  • Masquerade ball
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Rock and roll
  • Neon or glow in the dark (with glow sticks)
  • Fairy tale
  • Black and white
  • 60s, 70s or 80s decades
  • Patriotic
  • Hawaii or vacation

What to Wear

Junior high dances are more casual than high school dances, but they're still a good excuse to dress up. See what your school recommends for dress code or dress up based on the themed event.


Most girls will be comfortable in modest dresses that are knee to ankle length. Unlike high school proms, the dress code usually is not formal. Dresses worn to church, spring dresses, sun dresses, and colorful dresses are good for this event. There is no need to spend a lot of money or go overboard. Borrowing a dress from an older sibling or even renting a prom dress can keep the cost down. If you want to go for a dressier look, go for a dress that is longer in length. You might consider dressing up a black winter dress by adding some color, such as a hot pink ribbon around the waist, some lace, or a shawl.


For guys, middle school proms probably don't require a suit and tie, but ask around to see what your friends are doing. Most guys will be likely be wearing khaki pants and a button up shirt. For shoes, guys typically like to keep it really casual with sneakers, like Vans skate shoes or Pumas, but it really depends on your personal style. Many guys wear clothes that are similar to what they wear on a regular school day. Dress up your look with a tie, or try a printed tuxedo t-shirt.

The Night of the Dance

If you are going to your middle school prom, get together with friends to get ready. This can start the night on a good note. Also, don't feel bad if you don't have a date or aren't sure if anyone will ask you to dance. This is not a night to pressure yourself, but rather to do something different by dressing up and getting out of your comfort zone. It can be fun just to see everyone else dressed up and your junior high gym decked out. This may be your first dance event, so keep it casual and soak up the experience.

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Junior High Prom