The purpose of the dress and appearance (uniform dress code) is to enhance school safety, maintain school discipline, promote attention to detail, and instill community values. Uniforms give students a sense of belonging and team spirit. Wearing it says we’re all in this together! Additionally, wearing a uniform can increase confidence, improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpen focus on schoolwork and make the classroom a more suitable environment for learning. A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. 

Parents are expected to be the primary monitors of the uniform policy. Please help us by ensuring your child is in uniform each day.  Uniforms are to be worn from the first day of school in August until the final day of classes in May, unless parents are otherwise notified. Only approved uniform items may be worn to school and school activities.

Uniform Guidelines

Appropriate uniform items consist of:

  1. Khaki or navy pants, shorts, skorts, or skirts.  (Minimum length is no more than 3” above top of the knee.)

  2. “Clear blue plaid” skorts or skirts. (Minimum length is no more than 3” above the top of the knee.)

  3. Short or long sleeve royal blue, red, or white polo with STEMM logo.  (May wear white, long sleeve shirt under short sleeve polo.)

  4. Short or long sleeve white or light blue oxford shirt with STEMM logo.

  5. Navy blazer with STEMM logo. (Must wear oxford, polo, or shirt with STEMM logo underneath the blazer.)

  6. Shoes should have closed toe and back and match the uniform.  Tennis shoes or casual dress shoes are acceptable.

  7. Red or royal blue polar fleece; red or royal blue cardigan or sweater vest; red, royal blue, or gray sweatshirt or hoodie with STEMM logo.

School uniform items must be worn as prescribed. The midriff must be covered and undergarments must not be exposed at any time. Minimum length of clothing appropriate 3 inches above the knee. Gym shorts, jeans, and leggings are not permitted.

Non-STEMM outerwear is permitted only if the temperature is below 50℉. Hats may not be worn in the buildings. Hair color should be within naturally occurring color tones. Any form of dress or grooming which is distractive or disruptive will not be permitted. Hair must be neat and clean at all times and must not interfere with a student's vision.

 In the event that the school identifies items of clothing, accessories, buttons, or jewelry that are not set forth in this dress code, but are inappropriate or unsafe, the school may prohibit such items. Any form of dress or grooming which is distractive or disruptive will not be permitted.

Purchasing Uniforms

Uniform items may be purchased at Stitch FX (176B Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach) and Synergy (26F Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach). STEMM Academy School Store also provides options for purchasing gently worn uniform items at reduced costs.


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Scheree Martin, Principal

Okaloosa STEMM Academy
379 Edge Avenue
Valparaiso, FL 32580

School Hours: 7:00 - 2:30
Phone: 850-833-4120 

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