Uniforms are mandatory for all students at Classical Preparatory School. Merriam-Webster defines the word uniform as “dress of a distinctive design or fashion worn by members of a particular group and serving as a means of identification” and as such, serves to bring our students together into one community of learners, irrespective of our diverse backgrounds. The uniform also signifies to the larger community our common purpose and identity as a school in pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Finally, the uniform frees our students to pursue their intellectual and moral development without the distractions of fad and fashion. True individuality is formed in the heart and the mind, not in appearances.
The learning environment is significantly influenced by students’ attire. Wearing uniforms is intended to improve discipline and enhance the overall learning environment at Classical Preparatory School by fostering a distinct and positive Classical Prep appearance, helping students focus on learning, reducing distractions, and increasing wardrobe equality. The uniform was designed to have a “professional,” business like standard.
Items that noticeably differ from the approved uniform will not be allowed. The Board delegates to the administration and staff and reserves the right, at its discretion, to deny any item that is noticeably different in style, color, or fabric. Students wearing noticeably different items will be subject to the consequences outlined below. Items not covered below, but that are considered inappropriate, dangerous, or a distraction from the learning environment are subject to review and prohibition by the administration.
Students must stay in uniform whenever they are on campus (including the parking lot) during a school day. This means arriving on campus fully in uniform and leaving campus fully in uniform (correct shoes, shirts tucked in, etc.). Students may only change out of uniform after school with teacher/coach permission to participate in an approved curricular or extracurricular activity that requires an immediate change in dress.
Please use the following links to ensure the correct style is purchased.
USE OF SCHOOL LOGO
Classical Preparatory School’s logo and mascot are copyrighted and cannot be distributed outside of our approved vendors. We currently offer merchandise through French Toast or directly through our CPS Athletic Shop.
The school logo will be visible at all times on students’ uniforms. The outermost layer of a student’s uniform will be embroidered with the school logo. This includes shirts, jumpers, blazers, and sweaters.
ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES
Within the school, the uniform policy will be enforced by the classroom teachers, other staff members, and Classical Preparatory School administration. The final decision as to the safety or suitability of any uniform policy issue will be left up to the dean or designee. Anyone with a medical or religious reason for not following the uniform policy will need permission from the dean prior to non-compliance with this uniform policy. Cheerful, consistent, compliance with the uniform policy is expected by all.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS
Adherence to our uniform and dress code is required by all scholars. Parents will be notified of a violation by violation slip, email, or phone call after each infraction. If a student violates the uniform policy in a manner that cannot be immediately corrected, the student will be asked to call his/her parent or guardian to bring an appropriate uniform item(s) which will allow the student to comply with the uniform and dress code policy. It is possible that the student will not be able to participate in school until the correct item arrives. Other disciplinary actions can include, but are not limited to: detention(s), loss of privilege in after school activities, student government and other leadership roles, loss of privilege in athletics, parent meeting, and child sent home with an unexcused absence. Again, the final decision being made by the dean or designee.
UNIFORM WEAR GUIDANCE
Parents have the responsibility to ensure that their children arrive at school in the proper uniform. Students are expected to be dressed neatly, be well-groomed, and give a general good appearance. Uniforms are to be clean, of appropriate size/fit, and free of holes, tears, and frays. Uniforms must be worn as intended by the policy. A student will be deemed out of compliance for wearing non-approved items or by wearing approved items in a manner that is sloppy, immodest, or otherwise inappropriate. Please label your child(ren)’s clothing with his/her name.
NOTE: If your child requires sizes that are not available through French Toast, please communicate with your dean for approval to purchase from an outside vendor. All non-French Toast uniforms must have prior approval.