Uniform

The uniform is an important part of Bullis School life. It reduces superficial comparisons between people and emphasizes the common experience that we share as members of this school community. It contributes to a sense of campus decorum and simplicity. Abiding by uniform guidelines conveys a respect for others and for self that underlies the Bullis philosophy.

  • Students are to be in uniform from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day. At all times, students are expected to dress appropriately and within the spirit of the Bullis uniform. Modifications to the uniform for religious or health reasons must be requested through the appropriate division principal or the assistant principal in the Upper School. All clothing must fit properly and be neat, clean and in good repair.
  • Boys and girls hair should be properly groomed, clean and neat (combed, braided or pulled back). Highlighting and other natural human hair colors are permitted. Extreme hairstyles inconsistent with the expectations of the Bullis uniform are not permitted. Any form of carving, spikes or mohawk is not permitted
  • Boys are to be clean-shaven. Boys’ hair should not fall below the top of the shirt collar. Boys may not wear hair ties.
  • Lower and Middle School girls, and Upper School boys and girls may wear unobtrusive earrings. Boys in the Lower School or Middle School may not wear earrings. Students may not adorn their uniforms or bodies with unusual jewelry, accoutrements or piercings. Tattoos should be covered and not be visible.
  • Students may not wear baseball hats or other non-religious head wear during the academic day. Students may wear winter hats outside during the winter months.
  • Students wearing clothing deemed to be in violation of the Bullis uniform will not be permitted to attend class and may be penalized, disciplined or sent home to change. When a teacher confronts a student to correct a dress code violation, the student is expected to comply immediately. Questions regarding interpretation may be discussed at a later time.
  • Students not in uniform for school pictures will not be allowed to have their picture taken, and if upon review a student is out of uniform in a yearbook photo, their picture may be omitted from the yearbook.

Lower School Uniform Requirements

Fall and Spring Warm Weather:

  • ALL—White or navy blue polo shirts.
  • GIRLS—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants, or Bullis plaid skirt, kilt or jumper. Belts must be worn if pants have loops.
  • BOYS—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants (3rd -5thwith belt).
  • ALL–Khaki colored walking shorts (long shorts with belt loops). No cargo shorts or embellishments. Shorts must be no shorter than four inches above the knee.
  • ALL—Solid brown or black leather dress shoes with closed toes and closed heels. No platform shoes or slipper shoes. Any stripes or logos must be the exact color of the shoe. All black leather tennis shoes (including soles, logos, stripes, and trim) may be worn by LS students.
  • ALL–Socks or tights must be worn at all times. Any socks can be worn with pants. Socks or tights worn with skirts or shorts must be solid white, black or navy. Bullis school socks can be worn.
  • ALL—Bullis approved fleeces or sweatshirts (without hoods) are permitted to be worn during the academic day. These items are sold in the Bullis School Store.

Winter Weather:

  • K-2nd students–White or navy blue long sleeved polo shirts.
  • 3rd-5th students—White or light blue short or long-sleeved button down Oxford shirt.
  • GIRLS–LS girls may were navy or white turtlenecks with jumpers.
  • BOYS 3rd-5th—Bullis tie or bowtie.
  • GIRLS—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants (3rd-5th with belt), or Bullis plaid skirt, kilt or jumper.
  • BOYS—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants (3rd – 5th_with belt).
  • ALL—Solid brown or black leather dress shoes with closed toes and closed heels. No platform shoes or slipper shoes. Any stripes or logos must be the exact color of the shoe. Solid-color brown, gray or black boots with closed toes. All black leather tennis shoes (including soles, logos, stripes and trim) may be worn by LS students.
  • ALL–Socks or tights must be worn at all times. Any socks can be worn with pants. Socks or tights worn with skirts, kilts and jumpers must be solid white, black or navy. Bullis school socks can be worn.
  • ALL—Bullis approved fleeces or sweatshirts (without hoods) are permitted to be worn during the academic day. These items are sold in the Bullis School Store. Navy or gray sweaters (no hoods) may be worn.

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Middle School Uniform Requirements

Fall and Spring Weather:

  • ALL—White or dark blue polo shirts.
  • LADIES—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants, or Bullis plaid skirt.
  • MEN—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants with belt.
  • ALL—Solid brown or black leather dress shoes with closed toes and closed heels. No platform shoes or slipper shoes. Any stripes or logos must be the exact color of the shoe.
  • ALL—Bullis approved fleeces or sweatshirts (without hoods) are permitted to be worn during the academic day. These items are sold in the Bullis School Store.

Winter Weather:

  • ALL—White or light blue Oxford shirt.
  • MEN—Bullis tie or bowtie.
  • LADIES—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants, or Bullis plaid skirt.
  • MEN—Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers / chino style pants with belt.
  • ALL—Solid brown or black leather dress shoes with closed toes and closed heels. No platform shoes or slipper shoes. Any stripes or logos must be the exact color of the shoe. Solidcolor brown, gray or black boots with closed toes. Boots must be rubber, leather or suede and may not rise above the knee. (Ladies must wear pants or solid color tights with boots.)


Upper School Uniform Requirements

Shirts:

Fall and Spring Dress For both Boys and Girls:

  • Solid white, yellow or navy short- or long-sleeved pique polo shirt with two- or three-button placket and banded sleeves. No cap sleeves. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Ties cannot be worn with polos.
  • Seniors may wear navy or white turtlenecks.
  • Solid (no logos) short-sleeved undershirts visible only at the neck (optional).
  • No turtlenecks.
  • Small brand insignias are acceptable, but no worded advertisements except for Bullis polos.
  • One-button rule applies for all students, (all but one button at the top must be buttoned)

Winter Dress:

  • Solid white or light blue short- or long-sleeved button-down Oxford shirt, tucked in at all times.
  • Necktie is required for boys wearing Oxford shirt—one of two Bullis ties. Top button must be buttoned.
  • Seniors may wear navy or white turtlenecks.
  • One-button rule applies for girls (all but one button at the top must be buttoned)

Outerwear/Sweaters/Jackets:

  • Navy blazer or solid navy or gray sweater (no turtleneck or hooded sweaters).
  • Jackets may be worn between buildings but removed before entering classrooms. Zipped sweatshirts are not considered jackets.
  • The navy Bullis-approved crewneck sweatshirt, sold at the School Store, is the only sweatshirt permitted during the academic day.
  • The navy or gray, Bullis-approved fleece, sold at the School Store, may be worn throughout the academic day. The quarter zip should be left down.
  • Class jackets are not considered part or the uniform, nor are any Bullis School sports teams jackets, or sweatclothes.

Pants/Skirts:

  • Navy, khaki or gray plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers/chino style pants worn at the waist.
  • Belts must be worn if pants have belt loops, but must not be worn without belt loops.
  • No external pockets, no rivets, no stretch or tight fitting pants; no cargo, capri or jean-style pants.
  • All skirts must be within four inches (4") of the knee, items worn under the skirt must not be visible, failure to comply may lead to a change of clothing during the day.

Shoes:

  • Solid brown or black leather dress shoes with closed toes and closed heels.
  • No platform shoes or slipper shoes.
  • All laced shoes must be tied, and pant legs must be worn over the shoe or boot.
  • US: Brown or black leather “dress” shoes or boots may be worn year round. Boots may not rise above the knee.
  • Any student that is injured and requires special footwear must wear dark-colored shoes with the required accompanying doctor’s/athletic trainer’s documentation.

Socks/Tights:

  • Socks (or tights for girls) must be worn at all times, any socks may be worn with pants.
  • Socks or tights worn with skirts or shorts must be solid white, gray, black or navy, or be Bullis socks sold through the Bullis School Store.
  • Tights cannot be patterned, or have sheer panels.
  • Sweatpants cannot be worn under skirts during the academic day.
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