A school uniform follows from the nature of a school. Where students are allowed to wear whatever they please, fashion often becomes a kind of tyranny, exercising great control over a student’s mind, in everything from social relationships, concerns over popularity, questions of individual expression, and the tenor of a classroom. Golden View Classical Academy holds that a school is primarily about directing students to happiness, which means the exercise of their highest faculties in the noble use of leisure. A school uniform is part of instilling studious, respectful, and orderly habits in service of that pursuit.
In particular, a uniform serves four main goals. First, it removes or diminishes distractions in the classrooms, and contributes to an orderly environment. Second, it helps students take school more seriously, by acknowledging through put-together, clean, and classy dress that they respect fellow classmates, teachers, and the common enterprise of education. Third, it develops school identity and pride. Wearing attire that sets one apart as a Sentinel distinguishes the student and the school as special. Finally, the uniform prevents students from placing too heavy an emphasis on clothes as a manner of self-expression. We expect students to express their individuality thoughtfully and cogently, which is far better in a simple and civil conversation than it is through a vague message sent through “expressive” clothing. In this, the school uniform requires a student to express herself in crisp, articulate, and reasoned argument.
For these reasons, students are expected to adhere to the school’s uniform policy. When questions about particular aspects of the uniform arise, the student is expected to take his or her bearing from the four arguments above.
For details, please visit the uniform page.