Dress Code

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YES Prep East End Secondary Dress Code & Uniform Expectations 2023 – 2024 

Will uniforms be required for students?   

East End Secondary students are required to wear a YES Prep East End Secondary polo shirt or any YES Prep East End Secondary spirit shirt Monday through Thursday to strengthen school pride, unify the community and to promote a college-going culture.  

On Fridays students may wear college or university shirts, YES Prep East End Secondary polo shirt or any YES Prep East End Secondary spirit shirt. 






YES Prep polo or spirit shirt

YES Prep polo or spirit shirt

YES Prep polo or spirit shirt

YES Prep polo or spirit shirt

YES Prep polor or spirit shirt OR college/University shirt


All YES Prep East End Secondary students will be provided with one (1) YES Prep polo and four (4) campus spirit shirts for the 2023-2024 school year. 

What do I need to purchase? 

Items that will be Provided by YES Prep (do not purchase) 

  • Student ID badge and lanyard  

  • 4 YES Prep spirit shirt  

  • 1 Polo 

Items to Purchase at a Store 

  • Backpack, must be clear or mesh 

  • Dress code bottoms 

  • Dress code shoes 

Items to Purchase at YES Prep & Cost 

Additional spirit shirts and polos will be available to purchase in the future. More information to come.   

In the meantime, you can purchase Athletics Spirit gear at  

YP East End Secondary Explorers Spirit Gear Sideline Store   

Where and how do I receive uniform items?  

Families will receive the provided uniform bundle (1 polo and 4 spirit shirts) at the Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, August 8 from 4-7 p.m.

What if I want to buy more YES Prep spirit shirts or polo shirts?   

More information will be provided in early September regarding purchasing additional YES Prep spirit shirts and polo shirts.  

*Students with financial hardship can reach out to their student support counselor for assistance with the purchase of YES Prep attire. Assistance will be determined based on need. 

Schedule of uniforms and samples of the shirts offered

What are the dress code expectations?  

ID Badge 

Students must always wear Student ID badges while on campus.  


Explorers will only be permitted to wear YES Prep East End branded tops Monday through Friday. This could include: 

  • East End Secondary polos 

  • East End Secondary spirit shirts 

  • East End Secondary athletics shirts 

  • East End Secondary organization or grade level shirt (current or former) 

  • East End Secondary outerwear 

On Friday, Explorers have the option of wearing college or university-branded items. This could include: 

  • College or University t-shirt  

  • College or University sweatshirt 

Students are not required to tuck in shirts.   



  • Jeans, any solid color (no rips or holes at all)  

  • Khaki pants, any solid color (no rips or holes at all) 

  • Jean/khaki shorts or skirts no shorter than mid-thigh (i.e. no more than 3 inches above the knee)   

  • Pajama pants are NOT permitted 

  • Athletic shorts or pants are NOT permitted 



For safety purposes, all shoes must meet the following criteria:   

  • Closed-toed   

  • Must have backs 

  • Must have hard soles  

  • Crocs are permitted if the back strap is attached (Croc charms must be school appropriate)  

  • Any color is permitted  

  • Slides, sandals, and slippers are not permitted at any times. 



Explorers may wear East End Secondary branded outerwear or non-East End Secondary outerwear in solid school colors as described below. All other outerwear must be removed when students enter the building each morning.  

Non-East End Secondary Outerwear includes: 

  • Any solid navy, white, light blue, or grey jacket or sweatshirt 

  • No visible logos  

East End Secondary Outerwear includes: 

  • East End Secondary jackets 

  • East End Secondary sweatshirts  

  • East End Secondary cardigans and sweaters 

  • East End Secondary Athletics jackets and sweatshirts 



  • IDs with school issued lanyard must be worn and visible at all times.  

  • Hats, hoods, and sunglasses are not permitted for safety purposes. 

  • Visible piercings and tattoos are allowed if messaging and images are school-appropriate. 

  • Spiked accessory items (bracelets, belts, collars) are not permitted due to safety reasons. 

  • Students may wear a variety of hairstyles and colors. Head shaving designs are permitted if images are school-appropriate. 

  • Religious or cultural head-coverings are permitted.  

  • Bandanas are not permitted. 

  • Earbuds/airpods/headphones are not permitted to be worn from 8:30am – 4:00pm. 

Backpack Policy 


YES Prep Public Schools will require all students to use clear or mesh backpacks.  

  • Colored, transparent backpacks are allowed.  Large designs or graphics hindering visibility are not allowed.   

  • Small non-transparent bags (i.e. purses and lunch kids) no larger than 6”x 9”x5” will be allowed for personal items 

  • Students participating in extracurricular activities are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their activity. Upon entry into school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in lockers or designated areas. 

For more information about this new policy, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


YES Prep’s updated dress code policy 

YES Prep’s dress code policy is centered around values of equity and school pride. The YES Prep dress code allows for building individuality and allows for community building through campus-specific attire. The dress code is a daily expectation and should meet district and campus guidelines. Like all YES Prep policies, if a student’s dress or accessory choice poses a concern for student physical or emotional safety, a campus administrator has the discretion to disallow the dress item.  

The specific dress code policy for the 2023-2024 school year for each campus will be shared soon. Each school will communicate this information directly to their families when available. 

For more insight into YES Prep’s dress code policy, click here.