School Uniforms

Telra Institute recognizes the benefit that dress code and uniform standards have in creating a distraction-free environment for learning and in contributing to school identity and spirit. In establishing our dress code, we strive to strike a balance between safety, simplicity, and flexibility. We aim for a common style and standard while allowing parents the freedom to use the vendors of their choice for convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Dress Code Principles

Support active kids

Children will be physically active every day. Ensure clothing, shoes, and accessories are safe and appropriate for kids running, playing, and jumping.

Minimize distraction

  • All clothing items (with the exception of shoes and coats for outside wear) must be solid colored and free of patterns, graphics, logos, or text.

  • No make-up, visible tattoos, or glitter allowed. Hair and nail polish allowed in natural colors only.

Reinforce pride in self and in school
All clothing must be neat, clean, well-fitting, and in good condition (no holes or rips). Outfit components must follow the style, length, and color standards.

We know these are hard times for many families and we never want financial constraints to prevent a child from taking advantage of the unique education that Telra can provide. Click the button below, if you think you might want some help in purchasing a school wardrobe for your child, or if you would like to be a Uniform Angel.

Standards

The basic Telra uniform is a solid colored polo top and neutral-colored dress bottoms (specific colors described below). Various combinations are possible, and parents may purchase uniform components from any vendor. While general guidelines are provided here, we understand no set of dress code standards will address every scenario. In the event of doubt, the school Principal is charged with interpreting and enforcing these standards.

Basics

Pants

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. Neat cargo pockets ok.

 

Length: Full-length to ankle (no capris, should not drag on ground)

Color: Telra neutrals

Shorts & Skirts

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. Neat cargo pockets ok. Skorts ok. Modesty shorts required under skirts.

 

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Telra neutrals

Shirts

Polo-style cotton or synthetic collared shirts

Length: Long sleeve or short sleeve. Tucked in for grades 2+

Color: Classic and Graded colors

Dresses

Polo-style, one-piece collared dresses (short or long-sleeve) over modesty shorts

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Classic and Graded colors

Layers

Top layers

sweaters, vests, cardigans, zip ups, sweatshirts

Fleece or tightly knit or woven fabric, without a hood. Must be worn over an approved shirt or dress

Length: Waist/hip length or above (no long sweaters)

Color: Telra neutrals, Classic, or Graded colors

Jumpers

Dress-style. No corduroy or knit material. Must be worn over approved shirt and modesty shorts.

Length: No longer than knee-length and no shorter than 2 inches above the knee

Color: Telra neutrals

Sub-layers

undershirts, camisoles, turtlenecks

Permitted if worn underneath approved shirt or dress

Length: Tuck in if needed to ensure hem not visible

Color: Classic or Graded colors + white

Tights or Leggings

Permitted if worn underneath approved bottoms  or dress

Length: Full-length to ankle

Color: Telra neutrals, white, navy, or a Classic or Graded color that matches the top

Footwear

Sneakers / tennis shoes

Solid or patterned, but nothing distracting (no lights, charms, sequins, etc.)

Style: Toes must be enclosed and no high tops permitted.

Color: No neon colors

Dress shoes, heels, boots

Not allowed - However, students may wear weather-appropriate boots to-from school or for recess on rainy/snowy days if they change into tennis shoes once inside.

Sandals, Crocs,  flip flops, Natives, Keens, anything with open toes

Not allowed

Socks

Subtle logos ok

 

Color: Telra neutrals, white, or black

Accessories

Belts

Not required, but functional belts may be worn with pants, shorts, or skirts that have belt loops. 

Color: Black, brown, or Telra neutral

Jewelry

Light, stud earrings permitted. No necklaces, watches, or bracelets.

Headwear

Hats, bandanas, or other head coverings are not allowed indoors. Thin headbands (solid colors and minimalistic) ok for hair retention

Outerwear

No restrictions on coats or other outerwear when worn outside. Any length. Any color.

Colors

Classic Colors

Commonly-available classic colors can be part of the uniform for all Telra students. We want to ensure families have ready access to affordable uniform components online or in-store.

Navy

Red

Light Blue

Pink

Graded Colors

In addition, we “unlock” additional Telra colors for students to wear as they mature and progress through the school. This becomes a fun way for students to memorialize advancing in grades and it helps establish grade-band community. We ask that each child have at least one top in their grade-band Telra color to wear for class pictures or other special events.

Telra Teal
Land's End Teal Breeze

Grades K & 1

Telra Orange
Land's End Orange Spice

Grades 2 & 3

Telra Neutrals

All grades may wear Telra neutrals—medium gray and khaki—for pants, shorts, skirts, and jumpers.

Spiritwear

School-branded clothing will be available in the future. Vendor lists and policies for wearing spiritwear as part of a uniform are forthcoming.

We never want financial constraints to prevent a child from taking advantage of the unique education that Telra can provide.

Click here, if you think you might want some help in purchasing a school wardrobe for your child, or if you would like to be a Uniform Angel.

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