Uniform and Dress Code Policy

STEM K-8 has a mandatory school uniform and dress code policy. We believe our uniform for learning will help students be proud members of this learning community. We also ask that, in accordance with SPS policy, all students “dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruption.”

Uniform Colors:

  • Black (pure black, not gray)
  • White (pure white, not off white or cream)
  • Navy Blue (very dark blue)
  • Khaki (light tan)

Students should select attire from the following list of options, five days a week:

Shirts & Tops

  • Plain white, navy blue, or black collared shirt, i.e. blouse, button-down, or polo style short or long-sleeved shirt (small brand logo acceptable). Short or long- sleeved t-shirts or turtlenecks in (white, navy blue, or black) are allowed under collared shirts.
  • Plain white, navy blue, or black pullover sweatshirts, sweaters, cardigans, vests, or fleece.
  • Any top may include a small (under 4 inch) optional approved STEM owl mascot logo on the left breast. French Toast and Lands’ End both have approved logos.

Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Skorts

  • Plain navy blue, black or khaki pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts, or skorts
  • Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts may not be denim, stretch fabric, rip stop nylon (like rain pants) or sweatpants. Like shirts, they may not be plaid or striped, or bear decorations other than a small logo.
  • Pants may be standard fabrics with stretch added to them, but may not be stretchy legging-style or athletic pants (yoga pants, running pants etc).
  • Cargo pants, capri pants, and skinny-style pants are in uniform.
  • Other than extremely short skirts, skirts of all lengths (including to the ankle or below) are in uniform.
  • Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings may be worn under skirts or skorts.


  • Dresses may be jumper-style, worn with a STEM uniform shirt, or collared dresses (such as polo-shirt style). All dresses must be STEM uniform colors (black, navy blue, khaki).
  • Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings may be worn under dresses and jumpers.

Socks, Shoes, Boots

  • Socks are not required, but if worn, should be navy blue, black, khaki or white socks.
  • Students may wear sneakers, shoes, closed-toed sandals (i.e. Keens) or boots of any type or color.
  • Shoes with wheels, Heelys, or other rolling shoes are not allowed at school.


  • No accessories are required of any student (ties, belts, etc are not required).
  • Hats are not permitted in classrooms but may be worn outside.
  • Belts, hair accessories, jewelry, etc. can be worn, but should not distract from learning.

Outerwear & Backpacks

  • Backpacks, school bags, and outerwear are not controlled by the Uniform Policy.

STEM Spirit Wear Day Policy

  • On spirit wear days kids have three choices for tops (uniform bottoms must still be worn): 1) official STEM spirit wear, 2) solid blue or green tops, 3) or tops with owls on them (in any color.)
  • STEM spirit wear ( t-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies, in long or short sleeves) can be ordered through ZOME http://www.estoresbyzome.com/westseattlestem.php
  • As always, students should follow SPS dress code (“dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruptions”).
  • Spirit wear days are optional; please dress in uniform if you choose not to participate.


  • STEM students with clothing-related religious practices may modify the uniform (e.g. head scarves).
  • STEM students with special needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The faculty and administration believe that the wearing of the STEM uniform should not be used as a punishment (or, conversely, that “free dress days” should not be used as a reward) for behavior or academic issues of any kind.


Last Updated 7/21/15


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