Uniform FAQ

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 has a mandatory school uniform and dress code policy. We believe our uniform policy will create a safe, scholarly, professional atmosphere that will help students be proud members of this learning community. The school staff at any point can amend this policy.

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 Overview

  • Solid colored (white, navy, or black) collared shirt.
  • Plain navy, black or khaki slacks, skirts, jumpers, shorts, skorts or collared dresses.

Important Information

  • STEM students with clothing-related religious practices may modify the uniform (e.g. head scarves).
  • This is a gender-neutral uniform policy. Students can wear whatever part of the school uniform they feel comfortable wearing.
  • STEM students with special needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • STEM students should wear clothing appropriate for our active work in the classroom, on the playground, at gym, and on expeditions.
  • The faculty and administration believe that the STEM uniform should not be used as a punishment (or conversely “free dress days” should not be used as a reward) for behavior or academic issues of any kind.
  • When STEM middle school students have science class their attire should meet classroom safety expectations:
  • No skin showing on arms or legs.
  • No baggy clothing.
  • Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Long hair tied back.

Uniform Details

Uniform Colors

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


  • Plain Shirts = 
a shirt without stripes, plaids, or large decorations.
  • Small brand logos are acceptable. A logo will be smaller than two inches.
  • The policy requires shirts with collars. Examples: blouse, button-down, or polo style shirt or long-sleeved shirt with collar.
  • Collared shirts can be layered with non-collared, hoodless items in solid uniform colors (white, black, navy).

Pants, Shorts, Skirts, and Skorts

  • Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts may not be denim, stretch fabric or sweatpants. Examples of non-uniform pants are jeans, rip stop nylon, sweats, stretch pants, leggings, or athletic / yoga / running pants.
  • They may not be plaid or striped, or have decorations other than a small logo.
  • Plain navy blue, black or white tights or leggings can be paired with skirts, shorts, or dresses, but not worn alone.


  • Dresses may be jumper-style, in STEM uniform bottom colors (white, black, navy blue, khaki) worn with a STEM uniform shirt.
  • Dresses may also be shirt-style, like polo-shirt style dresses.
  • Dresses need a collar.

Socks, Shoes and 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.
  • Students must wear closed toe shoes or boots. Examples include: 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.
  • Your child will be running at school at recess and during Gym. Please send your child in shoes that allow for running.

Your child will be running at school at rec

Accessories and Outerwear

  • No accessories are required of any student (ties, belts, etc are not required).
  • Hats, hoods, and outerwear can be worn going to or coming from the cafeteria and outside.
  • Outerwear includes jacket, coats, hooded items, and any other item that doesn’t confirm to uniform policy.
  • 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.

STEM Spirit Wear Day Policy

Students can wear shirts (including any t-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies, in long or short sleeves) with any uniform bottom. Shirts for sprit wear days include:

  • Approved sprit wear (STEM logo)
  • With any owl(s) on it (shirt in any color)
  • Any STEM sports team uniform
  • Plain (no graphics or logos) blue shirts
  • Plain (no graphics or logos) green shirts

Spirit wear days are optional, please dress in uniform if you choose not to participate.

Updated 8/17


Permanent link to this article: http://stemk8pta.org/about-our-school/uniforms/faqs/