• Why Uniforms?


    School uniforms reduce clothing-related peer pressure.
    A uniform mandate makes every student piece together a uniform based on Olde Orchard's standards. Because every student is essentially wearing the same thing, there is a reduced level of peer pressure to wear certain fashion styles or purchase specific clothes brands. This makes it possible for students to build more relationships through genuine social skills instead of through popularity.

    It creates uniformity between socioeconomic classes.
    Since students are wearing the same uniform, there is less of a socioeconomic distinction that can be made between students. This reduces the barriers that poverty and wealth naturally create.

    School uniforms tend to cost less than traditional youth clothing.
    Branded jeans for kids may cost more than $40. For the same cost, it is possible to purchase two modern school polos and two pairs of uniform pants, skirts, jumpers, or skirt-short combinations. Many families can purchase a week’s worth of school uniform clothing for less than $100. 

    It can create an environment where discipline is emphasized.
    Meeting Olde Orchard uniform requirements necessitates a certain level of discipline from the student. It also requires parental engagement to ensure their child is meeting expectations. When discipline is practiced, it can be applied to other aspects of life. Children in school uniforms may find it easier to stay focused on their studies, complete homework after school, build friendships, or prepare themselves for a vocational career.

    It may take students less time to get ready for school each morning.
    Students at Olde Orchard always know what they’ll need to wear in the morning. Instead of standing in front of their closet, trying to decide which look to wear that day, the uniform can be put on and the morning routine can be completed. 

    Schools can identify intruders quickly because they aren’t in the needed uniform.
    Because there are appearance standards in place for a Olde Orchard's school uniform policy, teachers and administrators can quickly identify individuals at school who should not be present. 

    School uniforms are easy to hand down to others year after year.
    It is true that school uniforms can take a beating over the course of a 9-month or 12-month school year. It’s also true that with proactive care, school uniforms can be handed down to others each year. 

    It can increase student attendance.
    Students can feign illnesses or be impacted by stress-related ailments because of inequalities that they see with their clothing and fashion compared to others. Because student uniforms reduce this impact, it is possible for student attendance to increase. 

    It can stop cliques from forming at school.
    Because uniforms put the focus on equality instead of inequality, these policies work to prevent some of the common reasons why students target one another or the school district.


    Adapted from “22 Advantages and Disadvantages of School Uniforms” by Crystal Ayres.