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Benefits Of School Uniforms

By Expert Author: jasper avila


In reaction to growing levels of violence in our schools, many parents, teachers and school administrators have come to see school uniforms as one positive and creative way to lower discipline challenges and improve school safety.

Below are some facts provided by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and an NPD Group, Inc. survey:

Making Students Safer

No more "gang colors". No reason to rob a kid to get his or her expensive clothes. Plus people who don't belong are easy to spot on school grounds. Do uniforms make kids safer? 75% of schools with uniforms say "Yes".

Influencing Classroom Discipline

Almost 80% of schools with uniforms say classroom discipline has improved. Uniforms promote good behavior and provide an improved environment for learning.

Curtailing Peer Pressure

Uniforms usually reduce the competition among students to wear certain (and nearly always expensive) brands of clothing. Over 75% of schools in uniform noted a reduction in peer pressure among their students after adopting a uniform policy.

Increasing Parental Participation

The added responsibility of the parents making sure that their children wear their uniforms to school could lead to a stronger working relationship between school and home.

Improving the Learning Environment

Teachers surveyed say that uniforms promote a "down to business" approach. Kid's view uniforms as work clothes and take school more seriously. 52% of principals surveyed said that uniforms had a positive effect on student achievement.

Bolstering Self Confidence

Many studies have shown that kids with high self-esteem perform better in school. By eliminating a reason to feel self-conscious, uniforms can help improve children's self-confidence and may lead to greater class participation.


The Long Beach Unified School District was one of the first major school districts in the country to implement mandatory school uniforms for its' students. In this district, uniforms are required in Kindergarten through 8th grade in all of the elementary and middle schools, accounting for about 60,000 students. Their uniform is made up of navy or black bottoms and white tops. Many other large and small school districts have followed suit, such as New York City, San Antonio, Miami, and Chicago. Some facts provided by an NPD School Uniform Study:

- A school uniform wardrobe consists of about 13 items: 4 tops, 4 bottoms, 4 pair of socks or tights and one other accessory item.

- Households purchasing school uniforms generally spent less on children's school clothes than households buying clothing for children who attend schools with no dress codes ($103.50 versus $184.60.)

- Of the public schools with a school uniform policy, about 3/4 have a mandatory policy and 1/4 have a voluntary policy (uniforms are not required but are recommended.)

- Families in which a child wears a school uniform are generally favorable about school uniform policies. Over half believe they save money on clothes and 44% believe that their children are more focused on learning.

- A specific color is required for 90% of all school uniform tops and bottoms. Sixty percent of all individuals wearing school uniforms attend schools with a policy requiring specific colors and styles for their tops and bottoms/uniform.

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