Last Updated: May. 20, 2020

Each of the three divisions has their own developmentally responsive guidelines for dress. Mounds Park Academy maintains a dress code and/or uniform in alignment with the school’s mission that creates an environment conducive to learning and collaboration. The policy is intended to minimize distractions, teach students to present a positive and respectful image of themselves, and reflect school pride.  Please refer to each division specific addendum for more information about the dress code.

Lower School Uniform Policy

At Mounds Park Academy, we feel our Lower School students benefit from wearing uniforms. We believe that uniforms contribute to a positive school climate and keep students in a 'student' mindset. Uniforms bring consistency and cohesion to clothing and cut down on competition. We invite parents to join us in this effort. 

Boys Uniform

  • Slacks: Navy blue chino or corduroy. (No sweatpants.) 
  • Shorts: Navy blue. No short shorts, camp shorts, gym shorts, tennis shorts or cut-offs. 
  • Shirts: Perma press shirts, long or short sleeve—white, light yellow, light blue, no gold or navy blue. 
  • Oxford cloth dress shirts, long or short sleeve—white, light yellow or light blue, no gold or navy blue. 
  • Turtlenecks or mock turtlenecks—white, light yellow or light or navy blue, no gold. 
  • Knit shirts with collar and placket, long or short sleeve—white, light yellow, light or navy  blue, no gold. 
  • Sweaters/Pullovers: Cardigans—navy blue, dark green, yellow or white. 
  • V-neck pullovers—navy blue, dark green, yellow or white. 
  • Sweater vests—navy blue, dark green, yellow or white. 
  • Crew-neck pullovers—navy blue, dark green, yellow or white. 
  • Navy blue fleece with an MPA logo (can be purchased through the Lower School office). 
  • No sweatshirts — except approved navy sweatshirt with an MPA logo (see above). 
  • No hoods. 
  • No ribbed or cable knits. 
  • Socks: Solid colors—navy blue, dark green or white. 
  • Shoes: Any dress or athletic shoe is acceptable. 
  • No flip-flops, clogs, roller shoes, flashing lights or sounds. 
  • No Necklaces and/or bracelets. 

Girls Uniform

  • Pants/Capris: Navy blue chino or corduroy. No sweatpants or leggings. (Leggings may be worn under a skirt or jumper.) 
  • Shorts: Navy blue or navy watch plaid. No short shorts, camp shorts, gym shorts, tennis shorts, or cut-offs. 
  • Jumpers/Skirts/Skorts: Jumper, chino skirt, or skorts—navy blue or navy watch plaid with white background. No lace or trim on jumpers, skirts or skorts. 
  • Dresses: Navy blue polo dress (Land's End) 
  • Blouses: Oxford cloth dress shirts, long or short sleeve—white, light yellow or light blue, no gold or navy blue. 
  • Turtlenecks: white, light yellow, light or navy blue, no gold. 
  • Knit shirts with collar and placket, long or short sleeve—white, light yellow, light or navy blue, no gold. 
  • No lace or trim on shirts or blouses. 
  • Sweaters/Pullovers: Cardigan—navy blue, dark green, yellow, or white. 
  • V-neck pullovers: navy blue, dark green, yellow or white. 
  • Sweater vest: navy blue, dark green, yellow, or white. 
  • Crew-neck pullovers: navy blue, dark green, yellow, or white. 
  • Navy blue fleece with an MPA logo (sold at our Spirit Store.) 
  • No sweatshirts — except approved navy sweatshirt with an MPA logo (sold at our Spirit Store) 
  • No hoods. 
  • No ribbed or cable knits. 
  • No shawls or ponchos. 
  • Socks/Tights: Solid colors—navy blue, dark green, yellow, or white. 
  • Shoes: Any dress or athletic shoe is acceptable. 
  • No flip-flops, high heels, clogs, roller shoes, flashing lights or sounds. 
  • No Uggs or boots (these may be worn at outdoor recess.) 
  • No Necklaces and/or bracelets. 

Middle School Dress Code

The Mounds Park Academy Middle School maintains a dress code in alignment with the school’s mission that creates an environment conducive to learning and collaboration. The policy is intended to minimize distractions, teach students to present a positive and respectful image of themselves, and reflect school pride. The dress code serves as a transitional step between Lower School uniforms and Upper School dress expectations.

Guidelines

  • Modesty: Students may not expose their stomachs, backs, bottoms, or chests. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be an appropriate length for school (mid-thigh or below). Undergarments must be covered. No spaghetti straps or tube tops. 
  • Neatness and Cleanliness: Clothing should be clean, and may not have tears, holes, or ragged edges. 
  • Appropriateness: No inappropriate or offensive slogans or designs are permitted. Clothing should be appropriate for school (no pajamas, slippers, etc.). 
  • No hats or jackets (except fleeces) may be worn during the school day. 
  • The Middle School faculty and administration reserve the right to determine what is modest, neat, and appropriate. 

Consequences

Students and parents/guardians who have questions about the policy are encouraged to speak to the Middle School Director. The goal is for students to understand why the dress code is in place, and why it is important for them to follow it. Students who do not abide by the guidelines will talk with the Middle School Director about why what he/she is wearing is inappropriate for school. Continued disregard of the policy may result in detention, the student being asked to change clothing, parent involvement, or suspension for chronic offenders. 

Physical Education Uniforms

Grades 5 - 8

  • Short-sleeved t-shirt (no sleeveless shirts of any sort for either boys or girls). T-shirts must be standard length (fall below the belt-line when arms are raised) and be free of tears or holes. Any graphics or text must be school appropriate and is up to the discretion of the individual teacher.
  • Athletic style shorts (inseam 4” or longer). No docker or cargo style shorts. 
  • Appropriate and clean tennis shoes with laces, i.e. running, cross trainers, or indoor court shoes. (No slip-ons, clogs or raised soles, skateboarding or hiking style shoes). These shoes must have non-marking soles. 
  • Sweatshirt or jacket (as needed for cooler weather). 
  • Sweatpants or nylon wind pants (as needed for cooler weather). 
  • All student clothing and equipment should be clearly marked with the student’s name. 

Upper School Dress Code

We believe that students should dress appropriately for the school environment and that clothing should express respect for oneself and others.  Above all, decency is required of all members of this community.

Guidelines 

  • Clothing must be appropriately modest for a PreK-12 school. 
  • Hats may not be worn in the school building during the school day.  
  • Students must wear shoes while at school.  Athletic shoes with cleats are not to be worn inside the building. 
  • All images, logos or language on clothing must be in agreement with MPA’s established community values and policies (Code of Ethics, Respect Policy, Respectful Discourse). Pants/shorts/skirts should not have writing across the back. 

Students are expected to comply with any requests made by a staff member regarding issues of appropriate dress.  MPA staff retain final authority on determining what is appropriate dress for school.

Consequences

  • First infraction – A warning and directed to change  
  • Second infraction – One-hour detention 
  • Third infraction – Additional detention and a parent communication 

Upper School Physical Education Dress Code 

  • Appropriate and clean tennis shoes with laces, i.e. running, cross trainers, or indoor court shoes. These shoes must have non-marking soles. 
  • Shorts—preferable athletic styles, but anything which does not restrict activity—no boxers. 
  • No sleeveless shirts of any sort for either boys or girls. T-shirts—no tears, holes, etc.—standard length, fall below the belt-line when arms are raised. 
  • Sweat pants, wind pants and sweatshirt or jacket. 
  • If hats are worn, they must be baseball-style only.