Parent Student Handbook » Uniform Policy; Free Dress Guidelines; Uniform Availability

Uniform Policy; Free Dress Guidelines; Uniform Availability

Uniform Policy

Uniforms improve the classroom learning environment by:
  • Helping students concentrate on their school work
  • Setting a tone for serious study
  • Removing distractions created by socioeconomic differences and modern fashion
  • Instilling discipline and self-respect
Uniforms build citizenship and a sense of community in our children by:
  • Building self-esteem, self-respect, and school spirit among students
  • Creating the distinction of being part of a group
  • Maintaining a healthy and positive school image in the community
  • Sustaining a clean and neat appearance
  • Providing a visible symbol of commitment to school improvement and reform
Uniforms create a safe learning environment by:
  • Helping school officials recognize intruders
Eliminating the wearing of gang-related or other disruptive clothing.

The school should strive to achieve compliance through use of incentives and positive reinforcement measures and should resort to disciplinary action only when other positive measures fail to result in compliance. Application of consequences vary according to grade. Please refer to Jr. High and Elementary sub sections. 
Assistance for uniform clothing may be available. The Director shall make decisions regarding assistance. Any donations of new or gently used uniforms are welcome and encouraged by all families.
LPA administration shall monitor uniform implementation and recommend to the Governing Board any needed changes to the policy or regulations it perceives needed based on developing circumstances. Modification of the Uniform Policy and Regulations will take place by Board action.
The Director is allowed, at any time during the school year, to grant an exemption from wearing a uniform to a student because of extenuating circumstances. 
Uniforms at LPA are mandatory and interpretation of specific uniform regulations will be left to the discretion of the administration. Uniforms must be worn during school hours, except under special circumstances as announced by the school. 
Uniforms must also be worn for all before and after school programs, including carpool, field trips, special school activities, and all tutoring and enrichment sessions, except on occasions under special circumstances as announced by the school. 
Costumes or uniforms required for rehearsals, performances, or games need to be limited to those activities. On Wednesday, current approved LPA spirit wear, team or club shirts in school approved colors may be worn with the proper uniform pants. 
Gym clothes may be required for athletic activities.
Students must present a clean, modest, and neat appearance at all times. All clothing must be appropriately sized and worn correctly. Pants/shorts/skirts must be worn at the waist, shirts must be buttoned, shoes must be tied or fastened, clothing must be worn right-side-out, etc. Clothing shall not be excessively worn or have multiple holes.
Full dress uniforms will be worn on Monday, and on other occasions as communicated by the school. Shirts may not have any embroidery or quilted patterns. Turtlenecks are not allowed. Boys in the fourth through ninth grade are required to wear shirts tucked in, and belts, if worn, must be in the belt loops.
Casual dress uniforms will be worn on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Students may also wear a navy, red, or school approved sweatshirt (no hoodies) as part of the casual dress uniform. A school approved polo shirt must be visible. (see uniform chart for additional information).
Shirts on dress days should be a button down, short or long-sleeved, solid school approved color, and have a collar with no logos, patches, lettering, or stripes of any kind. No polo shirts allowed on dress days. Shirts on casual dress days may be short or long-sleeved polos in one of the school approved colors as defined in the uniform charts, which can be found on the LPA website.
Boys should wear dress pants according to the uniform chart pertaining to their specific campus. Pants should be modest and not overly tight or baggy. On casual dress days, boys may wear pants or shorts, but still no cargo style or jeans. 
Girls should wear skirts, skorts, jumpers, or navy dress pants on dress days. Skirts, skorts, jumpers, and pants should be modest, not overly tight, within the hemline guidelines, and made of appropriate material for school (i.e. no sequins or see-through material). On casual dress days, girls may wear pants, capris, shorts, skorts, or skirts. No cargo style pants, jeans or jean style leggings (i.e. jeggings) and hemline guidelines are still applicable. Colors are defined in the uniform charts, which can be found on the LPA website.
The appropriate colors for LPA uniforms are the LPA plaid, red, navy, light blue, and white. Colors are defined in the uniform charts, which can be found on the LPA website. Colors do not include variations of shades/hues. For instance, red does not include burgundy; navy does not include royal blue; light blue does not include periwinkle or turquoise; and white does not include off white. 
Shoes for students should be closed toed and closed heel shoes only. Heels or soles may not be higher than 2 inches. Athletic shoes may be required for gym. Please see uniform chart for more specific details.
Socks or opaque tights of approved colors must always be worn. Socks for students should coordinate with the uniform and must be visible. Girls may also wear appropriate smooth opaque or cable knit tights.
Other than plain white undershirts worn under uniform shirts, underclothing should not be visible. Girls are encouraged to wear shorts under skirts and jumpers. Long (to the ankle) navy, white, gray, or black leggings may be worn under jumpers, skirts, shorts, or skorts on cold days. Leggings may not be jean-like material or resemble levis. No jeggings allowed. 
The hemlines in jumpers, skirts, skorts, and shorts shall be no shorter than 2 inches above knee, when seated.
School shirts and sweatshirts, if available, may be worn as a casual dress item. Navy or red school sweatshirts or sweater/vest may be worn in class for additional warmth.
Students may wear jewelry or hair accessories that are not a distraction. Sunglasses should not be worn inside the school building.
Hair must be kept neat and clean, have a combed appearance, and be appropriate for school. Hair coloring must be of a color naturally occurring within the human species. Irregular coloring of hair or outlandish hairstyles are inappropriate. 
Any makeup worn should be appropriate for school and not a distraction. 
Tattoos should not be visible.
No hats of any kind, including baseball caps, may be worn inside the school building. Head coverings of a religious nature are permitted.
Outerwear that is worn for warmth to and from school and at outside recess is not considered a uniform item. Unless it is a Legacy approved sweatshirt or sweater, it must be removed during school hours.

Free Dress Guidelines

No clothing with drug, alcohol, gang references, or skulls, or anything offensive or inappropriate to the LPA Code of Conduct. Clothing must be modest, clean and in good repair. Clothing must fit appropriately, nothing overly tight or baggy. Modesty rules apply at all times. Shirts must cover shoulders and midriffs. Shorts, skorts, skirts must follow hemline guidelines, and undershirts must be worn under low-cut tops.

Uniform Availability

No specific manufacturer or vendor for clothing is required, but uniform clothing must match the colors and styles of Legacy Preparatory Academy’s uniform chart. Please note that Legacy Plaid is called by different names with different companies. The pictures of the Legacy Plaid at different companies will vary. To ensure purchasing the correct plaid, please follow the identification information provided below:
  • French Toast: Green Plaid 
  • Dennis Uniform: Belair Plaid
  • Hall Closet: #55
  • Hunter/Classic Navy Plaid