Uniform Policy

Class photo Students looking sharp in their dress uniforms.

Ozarks Academy Uniform Policy

The Ozarks Academy uniform policy is to create and promote an environment of learning where dress is not a distraction to the educational process. The motivation for the policy has grown out of the following principles:

  1. Our goal is to honor God in all we do, acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our choices.
  2. All human actions, including outward manifestations such as clothing, reveal and communicate the disposition of the heart at some level. It is our desire to address these heart issues in one uniform policy rather than seeking to anticipate and curb the numerous manifestations of it that surface throughout the year with a looser dress code.
  3. Clothing represents the vocational calling of a person, and inherent in the uniform policy is a desire to create an environment where undue attention is not drawn to specific students. The neat appearance created by a uniform enhances a ready-to-learn atmosphere.
  4. Uniforms help engender a cohesive presentation of the students in our school. When our students are in uniform it communicates, aesthetically, that they are part of the same team, working toward the same goals. The student is part of a group identity that strives for excellence, and the code establishes a tradition toward that end.
  5. The uniform code should save parents money. The uniform code de-emphasizes the social impact of dress and helps focus the students on character and academic issues.
  6. The uniform code addresses security. On field trips, students in uniform aid the teachers in keeping track of everyone. On the playground or in the school, teachers and staff can clearly identify students from outsiders.

Students are expected to be in uniform while on campus unless specified otherwise by the administration. The administration is responsible for the interpretation of the policy, and the enforcement of the policy is the responsibility of parents, administration, faculty, and staff.

We want to allow parents to be good stewards of their finances and to “shop around” for deals on school uniforms. In order to accommodate this, students may wear clothing from any supplier that carries what conforms to the Ozarks Academy uniform requirements.

Boy's uniforms

A couple of boys in every day uniforms. 

Uniform Requirements

Young Men

  • Pants: khaki or navy slacks or shorts (see clarification #5 below)
  • Shirts: white, navy, or light blue polo/ white or light blue oxford
  • Sweaters: navy vest or pullover
  • Shoes: dress shoes, boots, or dress sandals
  • Ties: tie required at special events only

Girls' uniforms

A few of the girls in their every day uniforms 

Young Ladies

  • Pants: khaki or navy
  • Skirts, Jumpers, Culottes, Polo Dresses: khaki or navy with shorts or leggings worn underneath, but not visible when standing
  • Shirts: white, navy, or light blue polo/ white or light blue blouse or oxford Sweaters: deep red or navy vest, pullover, or cardigan Shoes: dress shoes, boots, or dress sandals
  • Socks: conservative, solid colors, coordinated with clothing

Special Events Dress Uniform:

  • Young men wear khaki pants, white oxford shirt, and tie.
  • Young ladies wear a khaki jumper, culottes or skirt with white blouse and navy crossover tie.

Clarifications:

  1. Skirts and culottes must be at least knee-length as measured by the line at the back of the knee.
  2. Pants must have a dark belt. Shirts must be tucked in for young men regardless of the hem.
  3. For young ladies, shirts with a curved hem must be tucked in, but those with a straight hem may remain untucked.
  4. Exclusions: embroidery (other than Ozarks Academy emblem), flip-flops and non-formal sandals, clogs, corduroy, Capri pants, cargo pants/shorts, leggings, hooded sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, scarves, bandanas or distracting styles (e.g. dyed or unkempt hair, boys’ earrings, torn or soiled clothes, overdone makeup or jewelry, tattoos, immodesty, visible undergarments or camisoles, long hair or facial hair for boys, etc.).
  5. Athletic shoes are required for grammar students for use during PE.
  6. Khaki or navy shorts may be worn only by young men August–October and April–June. Shorts must not be shorter than a student’s hand width, measured across the palm, above the knee.
  7. Please write your last name clearly on each garment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My son wears his oxford and tie with the top button undone and the tie loose. Is that OK? No, it isn’t.
  • My daughter has a pretty camisole that she wears under her blouse for modesty purposes. Should it be tucked in? Yes, it should. Camisoles are considered undergarments and they must be out of sight.
  • What kinds of leggings are acceptable? Stockings, tights, and nylons are fine. Footless leggings are not. Any leggings or bloomers that are concealed by skirts or pants are acceptable.
  • My daughter has some nylons with black dragons woven into them. Are these OK? No, they are not. Socks, stockings, tights, and nylons must be conservative, plain, and solid colored. Stripes, diamonds, and dragons, even of the same color, are not allowed.
  • How do I know how tight is too tight for my daughter’s blouses, sweaters, and pants? As it is said, “If it looks like she has been poured into them, then they are too tight.” If the shirt is pulled tight against her front or back, it’s too tight.
  • Are elementary students allowed to wear athletic shoes? Athletic shoes should be worn for PE only.
  • How long must my son’s hair be to qualify as long hair? If a young man’s hair is below the middle of his collar, hanging down in his face, or covering most of his ears it will be considered too long.
  • What kind of jewelry is appropriate for my daughter? Any distracting kind is inappropriate.
  • My son says that dark no-show or low-cut socks qualify as dress socks. Is that true? No, it isn’t.
  • My son has a great looking cartoon character tie that he’d like to wear. Is that conservative? No, it isn’t.
  • Is it OK for girls to wear colored hair accessories? As long as they match the outfit, they are fine.
  • My son likes to wear a necklace to school. Is that OK? As long as it is not visible, that is fine.
  • My son likes to wear orange t-shirts under his uniform shirt. Is that OK? T-shirts and camisoles must be white.
  • My daughter likes to wear moccasins and my son likes to wear hiking boots to school. Do these qualify as dress shoes? No, they don’t, but students may wear boots to school and then change into dress shoes for class during the winter months. Also, brown or black plain, clean cowboy boots under pant legs are ok.
  • Do brown or black tennis shoes (Sambas, etc.) count as “dress shoes”?No, they don’t.
  • My student runs cold. Can she wear a thermal layer under her long-sleeved blouse? Yes, as long as it is the same color as her blouse and is not visible.