Summer is a time full of promise for families: catching up on novels, playing at the pool, visiting family, and preparing for a new school year. One item that is certainly on my mind this summer is getting my kids’ uniforms ready. As a parent and a teacher, I love our uniforms at North Phoenix Prep. As a parent it means we never have to spend time in the mornings wondering what my kids will wear. As a teacher, it means we can focus on the things that really matter in education: relationships based on actions and virtues, exciting ideas and questions posed to us by great thinkers, and the experiences carefully constructed by capable faculty. We are fostering a positive culture focused on ideas and not clothes, and to that end, we need cooperation from the entire community. This cooperation begins with the purchases you make for your students this summer. Consider that a properly fitting and well-constructed uniform will set your student up for success and positive interactions with staff for the year. Please keep the following in mind when purchasing uniforms:
1) Pay attention to hems for skirts, pants, and shorts. The hem of a skirt or shorts should reach the students knees. Pants should rest at the top of the shoes, not much higher or lower. If students still fit in their current uniform, please check for fraying in the hems. Remember, if the waist fits, you can take out the hem for growing legs!
2) Check for logos on socks. Even if socks are black, they still do not count as proper uniform attire if they have logos.
3) Please purchase dress shoes for high school. Remember, athletic shoes are only allowed for middle school students, not high school students. High-School students must wear dress shoes. In all cases, please make sure the shoes are solid black or solid brown, including the laces, trim, and side walls of the shoe. Top-siders are not dress shoes and are not proper uniform attire.
4) Check fit for collared shirts. Make sure the shirt fits the shoulders AND is long enough to stay tucked in without needing to be constantly adjusted. Buttons should stay securely closed.
5) Please purchase dress pants and/or shorts. Bottoms should not be tight fitting, cargo style, or cinched at the bottom. Play it safe, and opt for the straight leg style.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the new campus in August, dressed their best and ready to learn!
Dean of Students
Dean of Students