Research has linked uniforms, and the pride in wearing them, to positive student behavior, academic performance, and overall success. Not only do uniforms eliminate a distraction for students, they allow teachers to focus on academics instead of baggy pants, short skirts or shorts, and other inappropriate clothing.
Benefits of Uniforms in Private Schools
- Less opportunity for “cliques” to form on campus.
- Students spend less time trying to decide what to wear in the morning which improves attendance.
- Saves money on school shopping throughout the year.
- Self-discipline to wear the uniform properly and respectfully.
- Always modest and appropriate for the school environment.
- Less peer pressure on how to look.
- Guests or intruders are easily identifiable.
- Economic or social barriers between students are not evident.
- Increases a sense of belonging and school pride.
- While traveling off-campus for field trips or events, others know what school the group of students represents.
Although public schools continue the discussion on dress codes and/or uniforms, most private schools do have uniform standards because they see the huge benefits. “As a parent, the identification of someone who does not belong is enough for me to be a strong proponent of uniforms. Also, I believe the old adage ‘Dress for Success’ should be instilled in our students. They should be proud of how they look and come to school with a positive attitude ready to learn and on a level playing field with their peers,” said Alison Lescarbeau, Admiral Farragut Academy mother of two students in the high school.
Benefits of Uniforms in a Private AND Military School
Students at Admiral Farragut Academy follow different uniforms based on their division which you can divide into two categories: a private school uniform or a military uniform. We strongly believe that if you judge a book by its cover, you will miss a great story. We teach our students to look beyond what’s on the outside and to focus on what’s on the inside. Students are also taught to respect their uniform, the way they look, how they present themselves and make a first impression.
Lower School (PreK-7) students wear a basic private school uniform consisting of a collared shirt with school emblem, khakis, and tennis shoes. Upper School (8-12) students are required to wear a uniform that emulates the U.S. Navy since Farragut has military values in middle school and a full NJRTOC program in high school. Students and faculty are expected to wear their uniform with pride and maintain sharp military appearance and posture. This means always keeping uniforms in neat and clean condition, tailored, ironed, correct insignia, and more.
Uniform Statistics Regarding What Parents and Teachers Think
Source: US Department of Education, NCES, ECS, NAESP, University of Florida
Date Verified: 7.22.2012
The following is a survey of Parents and Teachers regarding the implemented use of school uniforms. The percent represents those who marked “Agree” or “Strongly Agree”
|Policy has hindered self expression and creativity||34 %||5 %|
|Policy has hindered individual student’s personal liberty||36 %||0 %|
|Has promoted a sense of security||41 %||86 %|
|Has increased school pride and has created a sense of community||42 %||80 %|
|The school uniform has been financially beneficial for my household||49 %||86 %|
|Has addressed the peer pressure issue of “fitting in” by wearing specific brands||47 %||90 %|
|Has promoted positive student behavior||37 %||95 %|
|Policy has minimized disruption and distractions||38 %||81 %|
|Has eliminated competition among students||36 %||52 %|
|School uniforms have improved the learning environment||35 %||81 %|
|The Board should extend the school uniform policy indefinitely||42 %||81 %|