Early Childhood Development

School Uniforms: Defining Children by their Mind

Early Childhood Development | August 22, 2016
School Uniforms

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of last March, uniforms were found in:

  • 22% of elementary schools
  • 19% of middle schools 
  • 10% of high schools 

These statistics include both private and public schools, and the uniform requirement continues to increase throughout the nation. Uniforms help set the standard for students moving into higher education, and they benefit everyone involved, including parents and teachers! It defines our students by their minds (not their clothes) while allowing them to focus on academics.


Wearing uniforms in the classroom unknowingly helps eliminate distractions for our students. Not having sparkly shirts or a great super hero on a shirt allows children to focus on academic success, which is a part of our philosophy at The Gardner School.

Uniforms level the playing field for those families and children that may have financial disadvantages — ones that cannot afford the newest, trendiest clothing.


Just as it helps kids divert their attention elsewhere, it helps our teachers educate more focused kids during various daily activities. It encourages kids to feel like a part of the school, which may encourage their confidence to experience new things.

For future teachers, it helps students adjust to uniforms for elementary, middle and high schools. If the student is accustomed to the idea of a uniform, it may help their transition into higher grade levels for the teachers.


Not only do uniforms save a little bit of time in the morning as their children are getting ready, but it also may even be a cost-saving element. For instance, if parents wash clothes once a week, they may only need to purchase five uniforms. Now, there can be a system for the amount of daily clothes a child needs.

Our students begin to wear uniforms at the age of three. At age three, this is when our students transition from the little-kid side to the big-kid side of The Gardner School. Transitioning to the big-kid side of the school and wearing uniforms are equally as effective as getting the students to enthusiastically feel a sense belonging to our school — which helps them, their parents and their teachers.

The Gardner School requires uniforms Monday through Thursday of each week. Fridays are “Free Dress Friday,” where children are allowed to wear whatever their heart desires in an appropriate fashion! We wrote a blog covering Why School Uniforms Make Sense, where we explained how uniforms benefit such things as morning routine, safety, creativity and more. Read this to learn more advantages of uniforms for your family!

If you ever have any questions about uniforms, feel free to contact your local school.