ESD Upper School Uniform Policy

ESD Uniforms

The School strongly encourages students to label all uniform items to aid the School in returning lost items. Students who are out of uniform, or exhibit a pattern of disrespecting the community norms for dress and appearance, will be subject to corrective measures.  Students may not add to or decorate their uniforms, except for patches and pins that are given out by the school.

  • Mills is the official uniform provider of our school uniforms.
  • Students are to wear the school uniform correctly throughout the school day.

Formal Uniforms

Every Wednesday, and on other days throughout the year, students are required to be in formal uniforms. All students wear a blazer, accompanied by a school tie with gray dress pants, or a blazer and with a skirt. Students may not wear sweatshirts or an athletic item on formal uniform days.  On a day designated as a formal uniform day, students are required to be in formal uniform for the entire day.

Uniform Policy 

  • White Shirt:  
    White oxford button-down; clean, tucked in with waistband visible and appropriately sized with all but the top button buttoned.   Seniors have the privilege of wearing either a light blue or yellow oxford or the official senior polo shirt.
  • Undergarments:  
    Undergarments may not have logos or colors that are visible though the uniform, and may not be visible exposed or visible in any way.
  • Socks:  
    Solid white or navy, small logo acceptable.
  • Navy Blazer:  
    Must be worn on all formal uniform days, including Eucharist, and other days as specified. Blazers should fit and be in good condition. 
  • Navy Sweater
    Solid navy cardigan, pullover, crew, or V-neck (small logo monogram permitted). On formal days, sweater must be worn under blazer.
  • Sweatshirt  
    Sweatshirt or fleece (ESD logo or no logo), solid navy only; regular dress days; monogram or logo permitted if 2” or less in size.
  • Coats  
    Navy ESD jackets, ESD Varsity Letter jacket, or plain navy jackets may be worn both inside and outside on regular uniform days.  Non-uniform coats may be worn outside, but must be removed in the buildings. 
  • Shoes  
    Brown, tan, or black dress shoes, all black or all white athletic shoes, navy or white & black saddle oxfords. Shoes must be in good condition with enclosed toe and heel, heel may not exceed 1.0” in height.  Seniors have the privilege of wearing cowboy boots.
  • Accessories
    Hats are not permitted inside the school building during the school day. ESD scarves and white or navy scarves are allowed on non-formal uniform days.
  • Belt
    Solid brown or black belt to be worn at all times with shorts or pants; no large belt buckles and no logos
  • Jewelry and Make-up
    Appropriate and simple.
  • Hair  
    Clean, well groomed.  No unnatural hair dye colors permitted.  No facial hair is permitted.
  • Skirts/Skort  
    Navy-green-gold ESD plaid. Appropriate knee length (less than 6” above the top of the knee in the front and less than 6” above the crease of the knee in the back).
  • Tights/Leggings
    No sweatpants or long underwear under the skirt. Tights or leggings must be solid weave and in good condition without rips, holes, or sheer. Tights or leggings must be solid navy, black, grey, or white in color.
  • Gray Slacks  
    Dress slacks to be worn with a dark belt.
  • Gray Shorts
    Knee-length dress shorts; not permitted on formal dress days.
  • Tie  
    ESD school tie (top button of oxford shirt must remain buttoned at all times); all US students wearing slacks must wear a tie on formal uniform days.

Casual Dress or Spirit Days

On approved casual dress or spirit days, students may wear casual, modest attire. Good taste and discretion should be used in the choice of clothing. Students dressed inappropriately may be asked to change or sent home.

  • Choices should be free of rips or holes. 
  • T-shirts may not have inappropriate logos. 
  • Shorts, dresses, and skirts should be the regulation length (six inches above the back of the knee).
  • Leggings may be worn, provided that the shirt extends to the thighs. 
  • Tops should cover the entire middle torso, shoulder to waist. 
  • Tank tops and bare midriffs are not allowed. 
  • Hats may not be worn in the chapel or in classrooms.
  • Undergarments (including camisoles) should not be seen. 
  • Pajamas, slippers, and hats are not permitted unless the spirit theme calls for them.  

Athletic Team Wear

Any varsity team may wear their jersey or team shirt with regular uniform bottoms on the day of any game, with a limit of once per week, and not on Wednesdays or other formal uniform days.  The team should decide in advance and the whole team should wear the same thing (either jersey or team shirt).  Students do not need advance permission for this, and the days should be arranged through the team captains.  Any team with an away game which requires them to leave before noon may wear a "traveling outfit" as determined by the coach.  This could be a team polo and khakis, for example.  A team leaving after noon should be in regular uniform.  

Medically Necessary Uniform Modifications

The School wishes to assist students with medical conditions and allows for some uniform policy modifications for medical conditions. To do this, the School requires a note from the attending physician to be kept on file in the Health Service Office that states the reason for the requested modification and the time span for which the modification is necessary. While we allow these modifications, we do require that the student and parents make a reasonable effort to see that the modifications are in keeping with our policies.