Live Oak 101: Family Onboarding SessionsSession 2: Academy Dress Code
The UniformsAt Great Hearts schools, the student uniform is an essential part of who we are and what we do. Theuniform serves to unify our students as one community of learners, irrespective of our diversebackgrounds. The uniform also signifies to the larger community our common purpose and identity asschools in pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful. Finally, the uniform frees our students to pursuetheir intellectual and moral development as individuals, without the distractions of fad and fashion.
Parent ResponsibilityWhile students are responsible for their clothing and appearance, it is the parentswho are responsible for providing the conditions required for meeting the standard,e.g. haircuts, proper shoes, shirts, skirts and pants that fit properly, and mendingor replacing worn and torn items. Parents are urged to understand the dress codeand to ensure that their children go to school each day in the right attire from headto toe. It is an uncomfortable experience for a child to be corrected for a dresscode violation, and repeated issues can become an enormous distraction forstudents. Parents who are struggling to meet a dress code requirement areencouraged to reach out to administration forguidance.
Student ResponsibilityStudents are responsible for wearing their uniform with care and pride, and formaintaining good grooming habits throughout the school day. Tucking in andbuttoning shirts, tying shoes, and keeping sleeves and socks properly adjusted areimportant opportunities for students to exhibit pride in their membership in theAcademy. Personal grooming is another important component of the dress code.Students should arrive to school with clean hands, face, hair, and uniform. Hairshould be combed and neatly styled. Throughout the school day, students shouldremember to wash their face and hands and to refrain from marking themselveswith ink and paint. Being a Live Oak Owl should look and feel special!
Kinder through 4th Grade Girls UniformRequired: Short-sleeve or long-sleeve poloColor: white or light blue Navy pants or shorts Plaid skort K-2 Only: Plaid jumper & Peter Pan collaredshirtOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-over Navy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoPlease see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
Kinder through 4th Grade Boys UniformRequired: Short-sleeve polo or long-sleeve poloColor: white or light blueNavy pants or shortsOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-overNavy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoPlease see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
5th and 6th Grade Girls UniformRequired: Short-sleeve or long-sleeve poloColor: white or light blueKhaki pants or shortsPlaid skirt or skortOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-overNavy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoPlease see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
5th and 6th Grade Boys UniformRequired: Short-sleeve or long-sleeve poloColor: white or light blueKhaki pants or shortsOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-overNavy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoPlease see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
Approved Shoes for K-6Students may wear solid white or navy socks that are free of logos. Socks must bevisible; no-show socks are not permitted. Please see the Dress CodeGuidelines for more details.NOTE: Families are advised to avoid the K-Swiss all-white shoe because it is verydifficult to keep laces tied and they do not perform well for PE/athletics.
7th Grade Girls UniformRequired: Short-sleeve polo or long-sleeve poloColor: white or NavyKhaki pants or khaki shortsPlaid SkirtOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-overNavy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoPlease see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
7th Grade Girls FootwearShoes: Solid-colored dark brown, Navy, or black dress shoes (slip-on or lace-up) whichare low-heeled with matching soles. Non-athletic saddle shoes (see below) are alsopermitted. Dress shoes may have a simple ornament (bow, buckle) of the same color ofthe shoe, or of simple silver or gold color.Socks: Nylons or tights must be non-patterned and solid black or navy in color; socksmust be solid navy, white, or black in color, and free of logos or patterns. No-show socksare not permitted.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
7th Grade Boys UniformRequired: Short-sleeve or long-sleeve poloColor: white or Navy Khaki pants or shortsOptional: Navy sweater or vest—button-up or pull-over Navy quarter-zip sweatshirt with logoFootwear: Solid-colored dark brown or black dress shoes with matching soles. Socks wornwith pants must be black, navy, or brown, solid-colored, and free of logos or patterns. Socksworn with shorts may be white as long as they are free of logos or patterns. No-show socksare not permitted. Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
Purchasing InformationGreat Hearts now has two preferred vendors for our uniforms. Families canchoose from either vendor. More information can be found on their websites: Dennis UniformsFlynn O’HaraSeveral items—i.e., pants, shorts, belts, shoes, socks—may be purchased fromother vendors (e.g., Target) as long as the items meet the dress coderequirements.
Reducing CostsOver the years families have worked together to re-sell used uniforms. Two parentFacebook groups help connect our San Antonio families who are seeking toreduce costs through the purchase of used uniforms: Great Hearts Lower School Used Uniforms (for grades K-6)Great Hearts Upper School Used Uniforms (for grades 7-12)Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive vouchers for thepurchase of uniforms while supplies last. Eligibility is determined basedupon the annual Free & Reduced Lunch Application released in July.
Helpful Hints Because comfort and function are so important, we recommend that families visit auniform vendor to try on sizes and styles. If an in-person visit is not possible, pleasework carefully with the vendor to determine correct sizing.Uniform requirements are grade specific. Please, please, please let the uniform vendorknow your child’s grade before purchasing. This will ensure you have the proper attire.Consider purchasing items that give your child room for growth. Hems and buttons canbe adjusted, and this will save you money over time.Note the difference in fit between girls and junior sizes when shopping.Special lengths and sizes are available. Contact vendors for more information. Pants may be purchased from non-vendors so long as the color, fabric andstyle match the uniform.
HairHair should be neatly combed or styled. Hair must be natural looking in its color(no bleaching or unnatural streaking/highlighting, no artificial jet‐black coloring,and no unnatural colors), and simple in its cut. Radical changes in hair color arenot permitted during the school year. Girls may wear neat bows, barrettes,headbands, and hair ties so long as they coordinate with the uniform. Boys’ hairmust be above the top of the shirt collar. Accommodations for religious reasonsare permitted.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
JewelryK-6: Girls may wear small studded earrings; boys may not wear earrings. Boysand girls are permitted to wear one watch; smart watches are not permitted.Bracelets, rings, and necklaces are not permitted unless for religious reasons.7-8: Girls may wear one pair of short earrings only on the ear lobes. One simplering, one watch, and one small necklace are permissible. Necklaces must be asimple, fine-gauged, 16 to 20 inch silver or gold chain, with or without a pendant.Smart watches are not permitted.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
GroomingGrooming: Hair and nails should be clean and trimmed. Hands and face shouldbe clean. No ink designs, permanent or temporary, are permitted on the skin.Perfume is not permitted; when appropriate, deodorant may be worn.Makeup and nail polish. Students in grades K-6 may not wear makeup orcolored nail polish. Girls in grades 7-8 may wear subtle makeup applied inmoderation and nail polish in shades of muted pink and skin tones; simple Frenchmanicures are acceptable.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
OuterwearOfficial school sweaters as described in the uniform guidelines are the only outerwearallowed to be worn in the school building. The uniform sweaters, vest, andquarter-zip sweatshirt may be worn year-round throughout the school day.Jackets and sweatshirts (including spirit jackets/hoodies with the GHLO logo) may beworn during recess and outdoor transitions for warmth, provided they do not detractfrom the Academy culture. Hats and sunglasses may only be worn at recess. Allouterwear, including hats and sunglasses, must remain in the lockers, backpacks, orcubbies when not in use.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
Concert AttireConcerts are a significant moment in the life of the Academy when the communitycomes together in a corporate celebration of music. Performers are part of a choir ormusical ensemble, and their membership is signified by the uniform they wear for thisspecial event.The basic concert attire is white dress tops and black dress bottoms, with solid blackdress shoes. Boys will also be asked to wear a solid-colored dark necktie. Specificdetails will be announced by your student’s music teacher at the start of the semesterand are outlined in the dress code.
Athletics and IntramuralsPhysical activity and friendly competition is an important part of Academy life. Performanceand enjoyment of athletic events is greatly enhanced by functional attire that reflects theAcademy’s culture.Basic guidelines for athletic activity are loose-fitting shirts and bottoms in good repair (noholes, torn sleeves, etc.). Shorts should be no shorter than mid-thigh and no-longer than justbelow the knee. If a player would like to wear spandex or compression pants or shorts, theymust be covered by loose fitting athletic shorts. Footwear should be athletic in nature. Allathletic attire should be free of logos and messages, with the exception of GHLO and sportsteam logos (e.g., Owls, Spurs), provided they do not detract from the Academyculture.Please see the Dress Code Guidelines for more details.
Semi-Formal EventsSpecial events in the life of the academy, including dances and end-of-yearceremonies (such as promotion), are signified by semi-formal dress. Specificguidelines for attire for semi-formal events will be communicated as events arescheduled and announced.
Questions?Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Great Hearts Live Oak! While we haveendeavored to provide meaningful information about the Academy Dress Code, werecognize that there may be unanswered questions. If there is something you would like usto address, please submit your question through this survey link. Go Owls!In partnership,The Great Hearts Live Oak Launch Team
Shoes: Solid-colored dark brown, Navy, or black dress shoes (slip-on or lace-up) which are low-heeled with matching soles. Non-athletic saddle shoes (see below) are also permitted. Dress shoes may have a simple ornament (bow, buckle) of the s