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GSA Uniform Dress Code

Students’ appearance should be conducive to learning and reflect the serious commitment of our learning environment. At GSA we implement a uniform policy to encourage discipline, diminish social and economic barriers among students, and increase school pride and a sense of belonging.

As a part of our “whole-child” approach, we also believe it is important to teach our scholars the importance of appropriate apparel and appearance and what you communicate through your physical presentation – both critical to success in bridging to mainstream.

Scholars must understand what is acceptable and how to tailor their dress and appearance to different professional and social situations and contexts.

To that end, scholars are expected to be neat, clean, and in an approved school uniform every day. Every scholar is expected to wear a uniform that fits appropriately, is clean and in good condition.

The following is the uniform requirement for Global Scholars Academy students:


  • Navy blue jumper or navy blue pants, shorts, or skirts;
    • The length of shorts and skirts should not be shorter than the tip of the child’s longest finger. You can test this by having the child to stand upright with her hands beside her sides.
    • blue or black belt (if belt loops present);
  • grey polo shirt (long or short sleeves and tucked in to bottoms),
  • school approved or navy sweater, cardigan, or vest may be worn seasonally, as needed.
  • navy blue or black tights, leggings, or socks.


  • Navy blue pants or shorts;
    • blue or black belt (if belt loops present);
  • grey polo shirt (long or short sleeves and tucked in to pants); and
  • navy blue or black socks;
  • school approved or navy sweater, cardigan, or vest may be worn seasonally, as needed.

Students must wear white or black undergarments under their shirts or blouses. If the garment is visible at the neckline, the garment must be white. Colorful undergarments are not allowed as part of the school uniform.

We know from time to time, students may be cool during the day; Students may wear any approved, logo outerwear available in our school store or solid navy blue sweater vests, navy blue button cardigans, or navy blue zipper front sweaters. In the winter students may bring non-uniform coats to school but will be required to keep them stored during the day until dismissal. If they are cool in class, they should have an approved outergarment to replace their coat.


Girls and Boys: Black leather shoes or an all-black sneaker with no colorful logos or designs.

Shoestrings must be in wearable condition that allows for the students’ shoes to be tied in a neat knot or bow. We want to maximize our instruction time in the classroom and in the gymnasium, so we encourage all students (male and female) to wear sneakers or shoes with rubber bottoms. This allows for quick transition from class to gym. However, we will allow students to keep a change of shoes in their lockers for gym class.


The only jewelry permitted will be earrings. Earring studs are permissible for both boys and girls but should be no larger than 6mm in size. Boys are not permitted to wear hoops or dangling earrings. Hoops and dangling earrings for girls should not exceed one inch in length and diameter.


Students are expected to come to school each day with well-groomed hair. Any hair coloring and/or hair extensions must be the natural color of human hair. Hair in bright unnatural color will not be permitted. No excessive or distracting accessories in the students’ hair that may cause a class or school distraction will be permitted.


K-5: Makeup for girls is not permissible for students. Students may only use Chap Stick as a lip ointment, but no lip-gloss is permitted.

6-8 Girls: Girls in grades 6-8 are permitted to wear lip-gloss that is of natural colors; brightly colored and distracting colors such as glitter colors are not permitted. Makeup cannot create a distraction to the school.

In the event that your child’s school uniform does not meet the School’s standards, you will receive a Uniform Infraction Sheet indicating the uniform items that need attention. Students receiving five “uniform infractions” may be considered for dismissal. A parent conference is required after three (3) infractions.

Global Scholars Academy is a place to work and to learn. Like the uniforms worn by the students, it is important that clothing worn by adults reflects the same sense of purpose. Teachers and staff are expected to dress professionally - less formal than traditional business wear (i.e. suit and tie), but still give a professional impression. The exception is PE and certain arts faculty depending upon the nature of their instruction; however, dress will be professional and will never include jeans and/or T-shirts unless specifically designated by the administration.

All adults who enter the building are encouraged to serve as role models for the students and to dress accordingly. The following are examples of clothing considered inappropriate:

  • Items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or disparage others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability
  • Extremely brief garments, visible undergarments, low cut necklines, see-through garments, drooping pants
  • Spaghetti strap, off-shoulder, or strapless top
  • Pajamas, sleepwear, and loungewear
  • Clothing that promotes and/or endorses the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourages other illegal or violent activities
  • Hats, headscarves (except for medical or religious purposes) are not to be worn in the building


We have support in place to help families who may have difficulty purchasing uniforms – please contact us directly for more information.