For most people, one thing pops into mind immediately when they think of boarding school: dress code.
While every almost certainly has a ‘dress code’ of sorts, the style and requirements differ widely.
“While most students would rather be casual all the time—because it takes less effort and is generally more comfortable—I think the dress code is a positive part of a boarding school. It provides more structure on how we are to look, it allows us to express ourselves in a new way, and it prepares us for a life beyond”.
While dress code can be a hot point of debate among students, there are many reasons that this is a popular policy across private school campuses:
Dress code and uniforms bring everyone together as a united team and increases school spirit.
A dress code can limit the amount of distraction in the classroom so students can focus on learning and schoolwork.
Having a standard dress code or uniform teaches students to focus on what’s inside, not who can afford to dress the best.
Learning how to dress professionally early on in life will undoubtedly assist students as they embark on and job interviews later in life—many alums report feeling a “step ahead the rest” when it came to knowing how to dress professionally with ease.
Just like a sports team wears a uniform, boarding schools often look at the academic community as a team. Above all, the dress code is there to promote a sense of safety, unity, and pride.
By - Aditya Gupta