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MPS sets school uniform guidelines for all students

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Milwaukee Public Schools is launching a districtwide uniform policy that will begin with the start of the 2017–18 school year.

The new policy implements school uniforms for all students in all district schools. A few schools have declined the uniform policy. Parents have the option to excuse their children from wearing uniforms by requesting and filing a form with the child’s school.

The policy sets basic uniform guidelines that apply to all Milwaukee Public Schools. The MPS districtwide uniform consists of khaki-style/uniform pants that are tan, navy blue or black, and polo shirts in black or navy blue. Students may also wear school-specific colors and styles that have been approved by the principal and School Governance Council.

Families can purchase uniform clothing from any store or source of their choice. A list of suggested vendors along with information about school-specific uniform colors and styles is available at each school and by visiting

For additional questions or concerns, families can contact their child’s school. Families who wish to opt out of the uniform requirement should contact the school directly to complete the necessary forms.

The following schools will not be participating in the district uniform policy:

  • Cooper School
  • Fernwood Montessori
  • Howard Avenue Montessori
  • Maryland Avenue Montessori
  • Milwaukee French Immersion School
  • Reagan High School
  • Transition High School

Charter and partnership schools may have their own policies. Please contact your child's school for more information.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2017 earned $62+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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