Uniform Requirements

The uniform is a statement of community and serves to underscore the School motto, Esse Quam Videre: To Be Rather Than to Seem. At Ellis, we value the inner character of a girl rather than her outside appearance. Uniform requirements, which are practical for an active learning experience, reflect the mission and philosophy of the School in which students are active participants in their learning.

In uniform, a girl instantly belongs—she is part of a community. She is freed from focusing on her appearance and instead directs her attention to matters of substance. She can find her inner voice, focus on her studies, and become the person she is meant to be. Wearing the Ellis uniform implies pride in the group. In Lower and Middle School, the uniform is neat, comfortable, and flexible, encouraging active play and learning. The Upper School uniform, with its broader array of options, offers each girl subtle and creative ways to express her personal style and school spirit. The official supplier of the Ellis jumper and kilt is Educational Outfitters.

Lower School Requirements
Students in pre-kindergarten are asked to wear comfortable clothes suitable for active movement in school and on the playground. Blue jeans are not permitted. Pre-kindergarten students do not change for physical education classes but are asked to wear suitable athletic shoes on days when they have physical education. Students in kindergarten to grade 4 wear the required Ellis plaid uniform. Shirts and complementary items must be white or hunter green. The plaid jumper may be worn daily and is required for formal assemblies and field trips. Students may wear white or dark green polo shirts. Collarless or sleeveless shirts and non-Ellis logos are not permitted. Students are asked to wear white or hunter green socks, or white, hunter green, or black tights or leggings.

Middle School Requirements
Students in grades 5 to 8 must wear the required school uniform. Shirts and complementary items must be white or hunter green. The plaid kilt must be no shorter than 4” above the top of the kneecap. The kilt may not be decorated in any way. Students may wear white or dark green polo shirts. Collarless or sleeveless shirts and non-Ellis logos are not permitted. Students are asked to wear white or hunter green socks, or white, hunter green, or black tights or leggings. Students must wear shorts, boxers, or leggings under kilts.

Upper School Requirements
Students in grades 9 to 12 must wear the required school uniform. Athletes may wear official Ellis warm up suits on game days. The plaid kilt must be no shorter than 4” above the top of the kneecap. The kilt may not be decorated in any way. Students may wear white, hunter green, navy, red, or black polo shirts. Collarless or sleeveless shirts and non-Ellis logos are not permitted Students are asked to wear white or hunter green socks, or white, hunter green, or black tights or leggings. Students must wear shorts, boxers, or leggings under kilts.