STEM is a place where kids should know they are doing something very important – this is their uniform for learning.
The uniform goes far to increase safety (easier to identify intruders), reduce distractions; communicate to the students, staff, and the community that we are serious about learning at STEM; increase equality between sexes; reduce teasing between boys and girls; enable teachers to truly see the student as a student; encourage students to see beyond external attributes and get to know his/her classmates on the basis of who they are; along with many other reasons.
- Black (pure black, not gray)
- White (pure white, not off white or cream)
- Navy Blue (very dark blue)
- Khaki (light tan)
- “Plain” Shirts = a shirt without stripes, plaids, or large decorations. Small brand logos are acceptable. Generally, a logo will be smaller than an inch. The policy requires shirts with collars.
- Any top may include a small (under 4 inch) optional approved STEM owl mascot logo on the left breast. French Toast and Lands End both have approved logos.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts, and Skorts
- Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts may not be denim, stretch fabric or sweatpants. Like shirts, they may not be plaid or striped, or bear decorations other than a small logo.
- Pants may be standard fabrics with stretch added to them, but may not be stretchy leggings-style or stretch / athletic pants (yoga pants, running pants etc).
- Pants may not be ripstop nylon or similar (rain pants). Otherwise, as long as they are in STEM Uniform colors (black, navy blue, or khaki), they are acceptable.
- Cargo pants are in uniform.
- Capri pants are in uniform.
- “Skinny” pants are in uniform.
- Other than extremely short skirts, skirts of all lengths (including to the ankle or below) are in uniform.
- Dresses may be jumper-style, in STEM Uniform bottom colors (black, navy blue, khaki) worn with a STEM uniform shirt.
- Dresses may also be shirt-style, like polo-shirt style dresses.
- As long as the dress is a STEM Uniform shirt color and, like STEM Uniform shirts, it has an appropriate collar, it would be in uniform.
Socks, Shoes and Boots
- Students are not required to wear socks.
- Socks, or leggings or tights (worn under skirts or dresses) must be in STEM Uniform colors (black, navy blue, khaki, white) and undecorated except for a small logo.
- Students may wear sneakers, shoes, closed-toed sandals (i.e. Keens) or boots of any type or color.
- Shoes must be closed-toed.
- Shoes with wheels, Heelys, or other rolling shoes are not allowed at school.
- No accessories are required of any student (ties, belts, etc are not required).
- Hats may not be worn in class but can be worn on the playground. Headwear required by religious practices (headscarves, Yarmulkes, etc.) may always be worn.
- 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.
Free Dress Days / Spirit Days
- At the discretion of the Administration, “Free Dress” or “Spirit” or other non-Uniform days may be instituted at STEM. On these days, participating students should dress appropriately as per Seattle Public Schools regular guidelines. On these days, no shirts with spaghetti straps, short shorts or open toed shoes will be allowed.
The faculty and administration believe that the wearing of the STEM uniform should not be used as a punishment (or, conversely, that “free dress days” should not be used as a reward) for behavior or academic issues of any kind.
Last Updated: 2/7/14