At Summit Academy Schools, we feel that school uniforms positively impact our students and their parents by breaking down barriers in learning and social interaction, reducing on-campus violence and bullying, and creating a unified school experience.
Below are seven reasons why we feel school uniforms benefit our students, their families, and our teachers in creating a positive learning environment:
Uniforms help remove distractions in the classroom by creating common ground for everyone; students can focus on their academics rather than on what they and others are wearing.
Students wearing clothing in school colors with the school mascot creates a unified community, reduces competition among students, and improves school spirit.
Many students feel pressure to wear stylish clothes to school. And, parents often feel the economic pressure to provide their children with clothing that reflects the most current fashion trends. Therefore, students who do not wear the latest and greatest, may feel left out, criticized, or even bullied by their peers. School uniforms reduce economic and social barriers between students that often leads to bullying.
Clothing that displays any form of vulgarity or gang reference encourages hostility, which sidetracks students from their education and positively participating in school activities. School uniforms eliminate inappropriate clothing from entering the learning environment and provides administrators a way to identify unwelcomed visitors on campus.
Mornings are hectic enough without having to decide what to wear. Schools with a school uniform policy, have students who can get ready for school quickly and have time to eat breakfast and organize for a successful day.
Buying the latest clothing trends to prepare their children for school, parents spend an average of $231 per child, per year (National Retail Federation). However, the average cost of school uniforms per child, per year, was $150 or less (National Association of Elementary School Principals).
Because self-expression is important to us, and we want to encourage ways students can appropriately demonstrate their identity, uniforms inspire students to express themselves through their personality and achievements rather than by what they wear.
For more information about school uniforms, see the following web pages:
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and Lands’ End. "National Survey of School Leaders Reveals 2013 School Uniform Trends." July 30, 2013,
National Retail Federation. "On the Heels of Historically High Back-to-School Season, 2013 Spending Expectations Decrease." July 18, 2013,