At most schools, students wear a uniform — frequently a particular color polo, Oxford-style or t-shirt and skirt, pants or knee-length shorts, though at some schools there may be more specific requirements. Check with your school for detailed information.
Please note that while uniforms are required, students cannot be excluded from school or from school activities (for example, field trips) for not wearing their uniform. If you have a concern about the way school uniform requirements are enforced at your school, please speak with your school's principal. If your concern is not resolved, contact the CEO ombudsman for assistance.
If financial need makes purchasing the required uniform difficult for your family, please ask at your school. There may be uniform vouchers available, or the school may have information about uniform exchanges or low-cost purchasing options.
At the few City Schools that do not require a uniform, students must conform to City Schools' dress code.
- The style of clothes that a student wears may not endanger him, her or other students.
- The style of clothes worn may not disrupt the daily school routine.
- Students may be required to wear certain types of clothing, usually for safety reasons, while participating in classes such as physical education, shop, chemistry, etc., or in curricular and extracurricular classes or activities such as band, choir, dance, drama and theater.
- Students are responsible for keeping themselves and their clothes neat and clean.
- Students may wear their hair in any style they choose, provided the hair is kept neat and clean.
- Bedtime apparel: No pajama-type attire, undershirts or other bedtime attire is allowed during the school day or during school-sponsored activities.
- Footwear: Footwear such as slippers, thongs,“Heelys” and flip-flops are not allowed during the school day or during school-sponsored activities.
- Fur and leather: No real or imitation leather, fur or animal-skin jackets, coats, vests, pants or skirts are allowed.
- Headwear: No hats, hair rollers or curlers are allowed during the school day or at school-sponsored activities.
- Jewelry: Because theft and loss are school security concerns, the wearing of jewelry in schools is prohibited. Specifically, the following items cannot be worn: metal chains, ropes, necklaces, bracelets, rings, large or extravagant earrings, multifingered rings. (Exceptions are wedding rings for married students (these students will have to supply proof to the school of their marriage), school rings, nonvisible metal religious items and medical identification bracelets.)
- Pants: Pants should be worn appropriately at the waist, without undergarments showing.
- Printed matter on clothes: Apparel with vulgar statements or statements promoting illegal drugs, alcohol, sex, violence or gangs is not allowed.
- Shorts, skirts and tops: Shorts and skirts may not be shorter than fingertip length. Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts or see-through tops are not allowed.
- Sweatpants and other athletic attire: No sweatpants or jogging pants with elastic at the bottom of the legs are allowed. No elastic fabric sportswear is allowed.
- Torn clothing: No clothing designed or altered to expose undergarments or parts of the body except arms or legs is allowed.
- Underwear: No undergarments worn as outerwear are allowed. Clothing should be worn so that undergarments, including boxer shorts, thongs or bras, are not exposed.