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    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. 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. 

    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.
    • STEM 7th and 8th grade students have access to coveralls that are appropriate for that classroom’s safety expectations:
      • No skin showing on arms or legs
      • No baggy clothing
      • Shirts must be tucked in
      • Long hair tied back

    *The coveralls are uniform compliant.


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    Uniform Details

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    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 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.

    3 boys playing on the groundAccessories 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 jackets, coats, hooded items, and any other item that doesn’t conform 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. 

    Last Updated August 2018