Uniform and Dress Code Policy

Louisa Boren K-8 STEM 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. This policy can be amended by school staff at any point.

In accordance with SPS policy, all students should “dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruption.”  Students should select attire from the following list of options, five days a week:

  • 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.
  • Plain navy blue, black or khaki pants, skirts, jumpers, shorts, skorts or collared dresses (no jeans, sweats or stretch pants).
  • Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings may be worn under dresses, jumpers, shorts, skirts or skorts.
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots.
  • Hats are not permitted in classrooms but may be worn outside.
  • Belts, hair accessories, jewelry, etc. should not distract from learning.
  • STEM students with clothing-related religious practices may modify the uniform (e.g. head scarves).
  • This is a gender-neutral uniform policy. Children can wear whatever part of the school uniform they feel comfortable with.
  • STEM students with special needs will be addressed on a case-by-case bas

FAQ: Why Uniforms?

STEM is a place where kids should know they are doing something very important – this is their uniform for learning. The uniform goes far to increase safety (easier to identify intruders), reduce distractions; communicate to the students, staff, and the community that we are serious about learning at STEM; increase equality between sexes; reduce teasing between boys and girls; enable teachers to truly see the student as a student; encourage students to see beyond external attributes and get to know his/her classmates on the basis of who they are; along with many other reasons.

Uniform Colors

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


  • “Plain” Shirts
= a shirt without stripes, plaids, or large decorations. Small brand logos are acceptable.  Generally, a logo will be smaller than an inch.
  • The policy requires shirts with collars. 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, and Skorts

  • Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts may not be denim, stretch fabric 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 leggings-style or stretch / athletic pants (yoga pants, running pants etc).
  • Pants may not be rip stop nylon or similar (rain pants).  Otherwise, as long as they are in STEM uniform colors (black, navy blue, or khaki), they are acceptable.
  • Cargo pants are in uniform.
  • Capri pants are in uniform.
  • “Skinny” pants are in uniform.
  • Skirts of all lengths (including to the ankle or below) are in uniform.


  • 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).
  • Dresses may also be shirt-style, like polo-shirt style dresses.
  • As long as the dress is a STEM uniform shirt color and, like STEM uniform shirts, it has an appropriate collar, it would be in uniform.
  • Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings may be worn under dresses and jumpers.

Socks, Shoes, Boots

  • Students are not required to wear socks.
  • Socks of any color are allowed.
  • Leggings or tights (worn under skirts or dresses) must be in STEM Uniform colors (black, navy blue, khaki, white) and undecorated except for a small logo.
  • Students may wear sneakers, shoes, closed-toed sandals (i.e. Keens) or boots of any type or color.
  • Shoes must be closed-toed.
  • Shoes with wheels, Heelys, or other rolling shoes are not allowed at school.
  • Your child will be running at school at recess and during PE. Please send your child in shoes that allow for running.

Accessories and Outerwear

  • No accessories are required of any student (ties, belts, etc are not required).
  • Hats may not be worn in class but can be worn on the playground. Headwear required by religious practices (headscarves, Yarmulkes, etc.) may always be worn.
  • Students may wear accessories (belts, hair accessories, jewelry) as long as such accessories are not disruptive to learning, for themselves or their co-students.
  • Backpacks, school bags, and outerwear are not controlled by the uniform policy.
  • Other uniforms (such as sport team or scout uniforms) are not in uniform at STEM.

Free Dress Days/STEM Spirit Wear Day

Policy:  Students can wear shirts (including any t-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies, in long or short sleeves):

With any uniform bottoms (any bottom that is part of the uniform code – no jeans, PJ pants, etc…)

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.

The STEM uniform closet welcomes donations of sprit wear. Donations can be dropped off in the main office or PTA room.

Sprit wear days are announced on the Owl Post / Facebook / website. STEM staff and student council will determine any other spirit days during the year (pj day, crazy hair day, etc…).


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: 6/22/16


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