School Uniform


In order to create a consistent and safe environment that is free of distractions, PHCSE 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. 

All students are expected to take pride in their appearance. Any form of dress and/or personal appearance that distracts or disrupts the educational environment or tends to diminish instructional effectiveness or the disciplinary control of the teacher is considered a safety concern will not be permitted.

These beliefs are 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, PHCSE is a model for innovation in public education. Thus, “excellence in all we do” must permeate everything at PHCSE, 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 stated, 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 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**
  • Solid navy blue or black sweaters, sweatshirts, or lightweight jackets (cardigans or vests) without hoods—NO WRITING/GRAPHICS, and logos should be no larger than 4 inches in length or width. School logo is preferred.
  • Black/brown/khaki belt
  • All shoes must be closed in the front and backs. Students may express themselves with colors and styles.

**Skirts/scooters/skorts/jumpers must be no less than a “fingertip length.”  That is to say that, when standing with arms relaxed at your side, a skirt should reach to the tip of your longest finger.

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

Outdoor activity can often lead to dirty or ripped clothing.  PHCSE students should keep a set of clothes at school in the event that their clothing becomes soiled during the day.  This should include a school uniform (eg. a top, bottom, underwear, socks, and preferably shoes.) 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.