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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, IDEA scholars will have greater flexibility when choosing their school uniforms.
Uniforms must include the following
  • IDEA logo gray polo shirt OR IDEA logo white button-down shirt
  • Black or tan khaki pants
  • Any type of sneakers
  • Black belt
Students are required to wear a school uniform each day. The uniform shirt must be purchased from Risse Brothers School Uniforms at 1-888-923-0700, online at or at the Risse Brothers store, located at 9700 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Lanham, MD.

During cold weather months, students may only wear the IDEA uniform sweater or jacket, also available from Risse Brothers School Uniforms. Financial assistance for uniform purchases is available if needed. The student uniform policy also requires additional items that must be purchased by the student or his or her parent/guardian.

Student must be in full uniform when they enter the school building. If a student is not in full uniform, they s/he will be sent to the main office to correct the issue. Disciplinary action will result if a student is not in full uniform by the time school starts, or has not made arrangements to be in full uniform.
Cold weather options:
  1. Students may wear an IDEA burgundy or black sweater the IDEA logo. No other jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts are allowed.
  2. Students may wear long-sleeved IDEA polo shirts.
  3. Under the IDEA polo shirt, students may wear an all-white or all-black or all-gray long sleeve undershirt. These shirts must not have hoods, logos, or writing on them.
  4. Students may not wear anything else under their uniform shirts, anything on top of their uniform shirt, or under their uniform sweater/uniform fleece.
JROTC students must wear the JROTC uniform on the designated day of the week (Wednesdays), and in the manner outlined by JROTC regulations.

Specific Uniform Requirements

Student ID MUST:
  • Be presented to security upon entering the building
  • Be visible and worn at all times
Student ID must NOT:
  • Be worn on a chain or any distracting or unsafe fastener
Pants/Bottoms MUST:
  • Be black or khaki
  • Be worn appropriately at the waist
  • Be neat and clean and free of visible debris, dirt or residue
  • Cover lower torso (no skin showing on lower back)
  • Fit appropriately

Shorts/skirts MUST:
  • Be knee-length or longer
Pants/Bottoms must NOT: (DOWNLOAD EXAMPLES)
  • Be cut-offs, skorts, capri pants, jeans, skinny jeans, cargo pants
  • Be made of denim, fleece, legging, tight or spandex material or corduroy
  • Be rolled up at the ankles
  • Sag or be too tight or too loose
  • Have chains, beading, ties, embroidery or additional decoration
  • Have multiple pockets such as cargo pants
  • Be rolled up (both or one leg)
  • Be tucked into shoes/boots
Belts MUST:
  • Be all-black
  • Have a plain buckle
  • Be worn appropriately through the belt loops of the student’s pants
Belts must NOT:
  • Have designs, inappropriate language, graphics, stickers, patches, chains, attachments
  • Be battery-operated, electronic, or made of chains
  • Be larger than 2in x 2in
Tops MUST:
  • Have the IDEA logo visible
  • Be tucked in at all times
  • Be neat and clean and free of visible residue or debris
Students may wear the IDEA logo uniform sweater or jacket

Students may wear plain white, plain black or plain grey t-shirts under their IDEA shirt.

Absolutely no writing or logos are permitted on undershirts.

Tops must NOT:
  • Be too loose or too short to be tucked in
  • Be too tight
  • Reveal undergarments
  • Have holes or debris
Outerwear MUST:
  • Have the IDEA logo visible
  • Be neat and clean and free of visible residue or debris
Students may wear the IDEA logo uniform sweater or jacket during the school day

Outerwear must NOT:
  • Be non-IDEA sweaters or sweatshirts worn during the school day. Students must store their outerwear in their lockers.
Outerwear that does not follow the IDEA uniform expectations will be confiscated and stored in the lost and found. Students are solely responsible for retrieving their items at the end of the day. IDEA is not responsible for items that are lost, misplaced, or stolen.

  • Be all-black or all-white
  • Be dress shoes or sneakers
Shoes must NOT:
  • Be heels, wedges, platforms or footwear that are taller than 2 inches
  • Be flip-flops, thongs, crocs, slippers, open toed or open backed
  • Have different colored laces
  • Have pant legs tucked into them
  • Have logos, or graphics or colors, including on the laces
Socks, stockings, tights MUST:

Be neat, clean, and free of holes

Socks, stockings, tights must NOT:
  • Be fishnets or leggings
  • Have tears, rips, or holes
Standard Uniform and Dress Down Clothing  Expectations

The expectations below will remain in place throughout the school year, regardless of the day or theme during dress down days (e.g. class color day, pajama day, jeans and sneakers day).  Any uniform issues may be addressed by any member of the IDEA team and will be addressed immediately.  If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health or safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the school may require the student to change his/her dress or appearance.
  • Hats, sweatbands, ties, scarves, headbands, sun visors, bandanas, skullies, headwraps, bonnets, do-rags, hair picks, and headscarves are not to be worn and must be kept in student lockers during the school day. These items may never be worn in the school building, even when entering or exiting.
  • Jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and belt buckles, that is distracting and/or contains inappropriate wording or is nonverbally suggestive is not allowed. As general guidelines, earrings should not be larger than a quarter, no more than one bracelet per arm, and necklaces must be tucked into uniform shirts.
  • Students wearing make-up should use natural and neutral colors only.  Bright pink, bright red, green, blue, purple, black, etc. are not allowed.  Students will be instructed to correct their appearance if the administration deems it necessary.
  • Excessive or distracting facial piercings are not allowed.
  • Jewelry, belts, shoes, or pants with profanity, that refer to alcohol or drugs, or that are sexually suggestive are not allowed.
  • Any article of clothing, accessories, or markings on clothes or skin that could be perceived as gang or crew related is not allowed at any time.
  • Pants/bottoms must be free of rips, tears, or chains.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist and underwear may not be exposed.
  • Sunglasses, large purses, and backpacks must be kept in lockers.
  • Clothing may never have low necklines or expose undergarments, cleavage, backs, or midriffs
  • Clothing may never be halter tops, tank tops, sleeveless, strapless, spaghetti straps, or see through
  • Other inappropriate items determined by an IDEA administrator will not be allowed.
Allowed With Approval

Religious/cultural head wraps must be individually approved by an administrator. Any other uniform exceptions for religious reasons must be documented by a parent/guardian and approved by a member of the administrative team.