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School Uniform Facts and Figures

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.