Tampa, FL -- The school year is quickly approaching and parents are preparing their children for the first day.
Principal John Haley wants his students at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy to maximize their full potential in the classroom and in life. He explained that a big part of that is in the way they dress.
"We have the expectation with our boys at this school that they raise the bar," said Haley. "They raise the bar academically and they also raise the bar in how they appear."
Haley thinks that uniforms take the distractions out of the classroom and helps the young men focus on learning.
"Everybody's on the same page this is the attire and we don't stray from it at all," said Haley.
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This isn't just any attire, though. These middle school boys are dressed like businessmen.
"They have to wear a tie, the blue oxfords with the khaki pants," said Haley.
They are required to wear a necktie or a bow tie, a blue button-up shirt, a belt, khaki pants and brown or black shoes with no logos written on them.
"Our boys, they step it up," said Haley.
Dad Michael Lore is on board with the uniform. He admits that it's easier for him and it takes pressure off of his son Michael.
Principal John Haley wants his students at Franklin Boys Preparatory to maximize their full potential in the classroom and in life.
"I love the school uniforms. I don't have to worry about fitting in, because of my clothes," said Michael.
And it has already taught the soon-to-be 8th grader some valuable life lessons.
"How many kids do we know that are in high school middle school or college, that can physically tie a bow tie, much less a tie?" asked Michael's father, Ken.
Ken does acknowledge that there are costs behind buying the uniforms, but says he would have to by school clothes anyway, and considers this an investment into his son's future.
"Down the road when they go for a job interview, they'll know how to tie a tie," said Ken.
You can find school uniforms at Walmart, Sam's Club, and Target. Also, visit your school's website for a list of requirements and other places to purchase uniforms.