In order to create a consistent and safe environment that is free of distractions, Penn Hills Charter School will institute a uniform dress code for all students. We believe that a higher standard of dress encourages greater respect for individuals, students, and others, and results in a higher standard of behavior. In other words, students who come to school dressed properly will excel academically and conduct themselves appropriately while at school.

This belief is supported by research into the benefits of uniforms, though conventional wisdom suggests that mandatory uniform policies benefit students on specific behavioral issues (attendance and self-control) and academic outcomes. Uniform policies also affect school environments and student outcomes by providing a visible and public symbol of commitment to school improvement and reform.

Moreover, Penn Hills Charter School is a model for innovation in public education. Thus, “excellence in all we do” must permeate everything at Penn Hills Charter School, including how we dress. Parents are also to be reminded that our MicroSociety environment is preparing students for the real world and will communicate the importance of creating a positive first impression.  With that said, the Uniform and Dress Code Policy was crafted in an effort to ensure that we “look the part” and represent our school community with pride and with excellence while being sensitive to the diverse socio-economic needs of our families.


  • White or navy blue oxford/blouse/polo (short- or long-sleeved)
  • Khaki or navy blue pants/shorts
  • Khaki or navy blue scooter/skirt/skort/jumpers for girls**
  • Solid navy blue sweaters (cardigans or vests) or sweatshirts without hoods—NO WRITING/GRAPHICS
  • Black/brown/khaki belt
  • White or navy tights for girls
  • All shoes must be closed in the front and backs. Students may express themselves with colors and styles.
  • Neckties are optional*

**Young ladies’ skirts/scooters/skorts/jumpers must be no less than “fingertip length.”  That is to say that when standing with arms relaxed at her side, a young lady’s skirt will reach at least the distance to the tip of her longest finger.

If a student does not adhere to the dress code, parents/guardians will receive one courtesy call, and a Uniform Violation slip will be sent home.  This is a violation of the School Code of Conduct Rule 1. After 3 violations, a meeting with the parent/guardian will be requested to discuss consequences which could include Saturday Detention, In School Suspension and Out of School Suspension.

CHANGE OF CLOTHING (Required for K-2, optional for 3-8)

Outdoor activity can often lead to dirty or ripped clothing.  Penn Hills Charter School students should keep a set of clothes at school in the event that their clothing becomes soiled during the day.  This should be a full set of clothing including a top, bottom, underwear, socks, and preferably shoes.  Because this is only for an emergency, non-uniform clothing is permitted.  Please put your child’s spare clothing in a Ziploc bag with their name written on it.  Teachers will store this clothing in the classroom and return it at the end of the year.