The following list of items was created to reflect the elements of the Downtown Uniform Dress Code. The Uniform Committee will continue to meet as needed to address uniform concerns and to adjust the policy to meet the needs of the families we serve.
Any ENTIRELY white, collared shirt. No trim colors are appropriate. Shirt styles may include polo shirts with long or short sleeves, Oxford dress shirts with long or short sleeves, and Peter Pan and Sailor collared blouses for the girls.
Long and short sleeve polo shirts. Polo shirts in white, ash (not solid gray), and navy without printing of any type may be worn. Polo shirts with the school logo in any of these colors will also be acceptable. Jade colored polo’s will no longer be accepted.
Turtle neck. Long or short sleeve knit shirts in white, ash or navy only.
All school logo T-shirts are acceptable to be worn on campus. T-shirts worn as undershirts during cooler weather should have the school logo when there is the possibility that the child may remove outer garments as the temperature fluctuates. SCOOP NECK TEE SHIRTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!
All shirts must be tucked into pants, skirts, skorts, shorts, and jumpers at all times.
Pants and shorts
Pants. Navy blue and khaki cotton twill dress or uniform style slacks are acceptable on boys and girls at any time. Inappropriate styles include military styles with side thigh pockets or pants designed as play pants rather than dress trousers. Also, pants in a denim 5-pocket style (2 flat pockets on the back) are not acceptable. Pants must be of the appropriate size and length. Parents are asked to maintain uniforms no more or less than one size too large or too small on their children. No denim jeans of any style will be acceptable.
Shorts. Navy blue and khaki cotton twill walking length shorts with or without cuffs will be accepted throughout the year. Inappropriate styles include military styles with side thigh pockets or shorts designed as play shorts rather than dress shorts. Also, shorts in denim 5-pocket (2 flat pockets) are not acceptable. NO DRAWSTRING SHORTS ARE ACCEPTABLE!
Corduroy trousers. Navy blue and khaki corduroy dress or uniform style trousers in both wide and narrow wale will be acceptable during the colder weather months. Pants must fit appropriately being neither too long in the inseam nor to low on the hip. Parents are asked to maintain uniforms no more or less than one size too large or too small on their children.
Pull-up uniform slacks and shorts Pull-up style slacks, shorts, and skorts with elastic style waistbands will be acceptable on kindergarten students only. As children master the use of zippers and buttons, parents are encouraged to introduce regular uniform apparel in the child’s wardrobe.
Navy Blue and khaki jumper dresses and skorts
Jumper dresses and skorts. Navy blue and khaki cotton twill uniform jumper dresses and skorts are acceptable. Girls must wear appropriate undergarments when wearing skirts and dresses. Girls are encouraged to wear shorts under skirts at all times as this will facilitate physical activities and floor exercises. Skirts must be of an appropriate length falling, at minimum, to the end of the child’s fingertips when her arms are hung comfortably at her side. NO OVERALL OR SPAGHETTI STRAPS ON JUMPERS ARE ACCEPTABLE!
Plaid uniform skirts, skorts, and jumpers. Only those plaid jumpers in the adopted Downtown School plaid are acceptable. Girls must wear appropriate undergarments when wearing skirts and dresses. Girls are encouraged to wear shorts under skirts at all times as this will facilitate physical activities and floor exercises. Skirts must be of an appropriate length falling, at minimum, to the end of the child’s fingertips when her arms are hung comfortably at her side.
Sweatshirts, sweaters, and lightweight jackets. Solid color crew neck, cardigan, and hooded sweatshirts. Sweaters, or jackets in navy, ash, white, and jade may be worn. Items with the school logo are acceptable as long as they are without additional adornment such as stripes, football logos, etc. NO LOGOS OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL LOGO ARE ACCEPTABLE.
Coats. Jackets that do not contain words, large logos, team identification, etc. will be accepted. HEAVY OUTER JACKETS SHOULD BE REMOVED IN THE CLASSROOM IF THEY ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SOLID NAVY, ASH, OR WHITE COLOR-CODE.
Shoes. Appropriate shoes should be a priority. As students are required to participate in physical activities such as running, jumping, skipping, etc., dress shoes, sandals without back straps, and thong style shoes of any type are not acceptable. Parents are also discouraged from sending girls in high heals, slippery or uncomfortable dress shoes, and platform shoes that are more than 1″ off the ground. Parents are discouraged from sending children in shoes that may restrict their full participation in school activities.
Socks, tights, and leggings. Socks must compliment the school’s uniform choices. Socks, tights, and leggings are to be in solid colors of navy, white, jade, khaki, and ash only.
Belts (optional). Children are encouraged to wear belts when pants provide belt loops. Kindergarten and first grade children may struggle with a belt and should not wear them until they are capable of adjusting them on their own. Belts are to be appropriate for the uniform. Military belt buckles with initial letters will not be accepted. Belts should extend no more than 4″ beyond the buckle.
Traditional hair styles and colors that are not disruptive to the school environment are acceptable. In addition, hair length should not be such as to obstruct vision.