Uniform Guidelines

All students attending University School of Jackson are expected to be in accordance with the Dress Code on a daily basis. Our policy on school uniforms is based on the notion that school uniforms:

  • Promote a sense of pride in the school
  • Engender a sense of community and belonging towards the school.
  • Are practical and smart.
  • Prevent students from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class.
  • Make children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance.
  • Are regarded as suitable wear for school and a good value by parents.
  • Model professional expectations about attire.

We ask all USJ parents to support the school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform and that it is clean and in good repair. At the discretion of the Division Director, students who are out of uniform in an emergency may be excused without penalty. Besides the uniform policy, here are other points to consider involving attire/appearance:

  • Extreme coloring of hair and unconventional hairstyles are not acceptable, and, as such, break school rules.
  • Boys must be clean-shaven daily, and hair should not be worn below the eyebrows or collar. Boys may not have ponytails or use any accessories (hair ties, clips, bands, etc.) to hold up hair that would fall below the collar or below the eyebrows if left unfastened.
  • Piercings for male students are unacceptable.
  • Piercings for females, other than the ear lobes, are not permitted. Ear piercings deemed by the administration to be excessive in number are also not permitted.
  • Tattoos are unacceptable.

Dress Code standards

  • All clothing should be worn properly and size appropriate.
  • Skirts can be no more than three inches above the knee. Skirts must have hems.
  • Shirt tails are to be tucked in at all times. The only exceptions are the girls’ oxford over-blouse and the girl-cut polo and sweatshirts worn by Cubs to first grade.
  • A black or brown belt must be worn with pants or shorts designed with belt loops.
  • Non-USJ outerwear may be worn outside, but should be kept in lockers during school. Only Parker outerwear may be worn inside the building.
  • Students may not wear hats, bandannas, scarves, or other headwear inside the building.
  • Socks, knee socks, tights, and leggings must be a solid color – navy, white, brown, red, or flesh-tone. Lace on leggings is not allowed. Patterned tights or leggings are not allowed.
  • Undershirt sleeves must be shorter than uniform shirtsleeves.
  • Accessories, such as watches, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, should be appropriate and non-distracting.
  • All hairstyles should be in good taste and neatly groomed. Unnatural coloring of hair is prohibited.
  • Any form of dress or appearance which disrupts or distracts from the purpose or conduct of school, considered contrary to good hygiene, or threatens the safety of one's self or others will not be permitted.
  • Strong perfumes and cologne may be offensive or distracting to others, therefore avoid excessive use; heavy application of make-up should also be avoided.
  • Proper hygiene is required so that offensive body odor is avoided. Fingernails should be trimmed, clean, and well groomed.
  • All dress code guidelines apply to USJ students until after they have formally graduated from USJ.

Jr. Cubs- 5th Grade Shoe Policy

Shoes must be clean and in good repair. Students may wear brown, blue (navy, dark blue, or light blue), black, burgundy, and red closed-toe shoes. Variance from these colors is not acceptable. They may also wear athletic shoes. No crocs, sandals, flip-flops, or any shoe that has an open toe is acceptable. Comfortable, playground-worthy shoes are suggested.

Shoe Policy for Grades 6-12

  • Shoes must be clean and in good repair.
  • Students may wear brown, navy, black, burgundy, or red closed-toe shoes.
  • No heel can be higher than two inches.
  • Middle School students may wear white, black, or gray athletic shoes.
  • Shoes must have original laces.
  • Appropriate dress or leather sandals will be allowed up to fall break or after spring break.
  • Students cannot wear flip-flops or crocs. Chacos are permitted. Birkenstocks are not. Upper School students may not wear athletic shoes.

Boot Policy for Grades 6-12

Boots are allowed from Fall Break to Spring Break.
Knee boots (such as riding boots):

  • Leather, leather- look or suede materials
  • Solid neutral colors: brown, black, tan, gray, navy
  • Cannot cover or extend above the knee
  • No full length laces
  • Low heel styles only

Plain, mid-calf winter boot (such as the Ugg-style boot):

  • Leather, leather-look, suede materials or cable knit (buttoned at all times)
  • No sequins, no odd fabrics, no sparkle trim, no lace-up styles, no fringe, no tassels or additional adornments
  • Neutral colors: brown, black, tan, navy, gray

All boots must be worn with plain (non-patterned) tights or leggings in colors which coordinate with the uniform (navy, brown, black, gray, red).

Knit boot toppers or knee socks worn with boots and in addition to the tights must be of solid color (navy, brown, black, gray, red, white or beige) and must coordinate with the uniform. Toppers may not extend above the knees.

Not allowed: Styles of hiking boots, combat boots, mucs and cowboy boots unless worn with uniform pants. Pants cannot be tucked into the boot tops. 

In inclement weather, rain boots are allowed. These must be of solid color (brown, black, tan, blue, red, gray or olive).

Keds and deck shoes in appropriate solid colors are allowed. Acceptable colors are red, navy, black or gray. No patterns or prints are acceptable. Converse shoes whether standard cut or ankle fit are not permitted.

Blazer Policy

Blazers are in the USJ uniform program as an optional item for boys and girls in grades 9-12.

  • Emblem must be worn on blazer while at school.
  • Emblems, which are an additional cost, are a pin-on patch that can easily be removed, therefore we recommend purchasing additional emblems in the event one is lost or misplaced.
  • Blazers must be worn only over USJ approved button-down, oxford shirts.
  • Ties to be worn with blazers and button down shirts are optional. However, there is a recommended USJ tie.
  • Blazers are to be worn with pants or skirts only.

Division Directors may declare spirit days and allow students to wear school spirit shirts, or dress-up days, or allow students to wear other uniforms, such as Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, band, chorus, athletic teams, etc.

Questions concerning uniforms should be directed to the Head of School or Division Directors.