Uniforms: A specific way to dress that all the students must follow. It is all the same, uniforms are easily enforced because someone not in uniform stands out.
Dress Code: This is where the school sets certain parameters and the students can dress how they would like as long as they stay within the parameters. Some dress codes can be very strict and others can be very relaxed. Dress codes can be hard to enforce but it’s not impossible.
During my time at a charter school the complaint I heard all the time was that they hated having uniforms. I hate to break it to so many of you who believe this, but you weren’t even wearing uniforms, you were just asked to dress within the parameters of the dress code. Also, even if you went to a public or district school, they too have a dress code. The dress code might be more relaxed than the one at the charter school but it is a dress code nonetheless.