List of Supplies for High School Students

Grades 10 Through 12

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One of the best ways to be successful in high school is to always have a set of comprehensive study items on hand. Not only will you be prepared for just about every assignment that comes along, you'll also avoid time-consuming last-minute trips to the store. 

General Supplies for All Grades

Some supplies are necessary to have year after year, no matter what grade you're in. So, right before the new school year, invest in these items and you'll be good to go. You don't have to spend a lot of money, either. Many of these supplies can be found at one-dollar and other discount stores, so always check there first.  

Here's what you'll need, listed in alphabetical order:

  • 3-ring binder
  • Backpack
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored pens
  • Eraser
  • Flash drive
  • Glue stick
  • Graph paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Locker organizers
  • Markers
  • Organizer/planner
  • Paper clips
  • Pens/pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pocket dictionary
  • Pocket folders
  • Poster paints
  • Poster paper
  • Public library card
  • Ream or two of computer paper
  • Scissors
  • Spiral notebook
  • Stapler
  • Thesaurus
  • Tissues

Extra supplies might be necessary as well, but will differ from school to school and class to class. Check with your teachers for specifics.

Supplies for 10th Grade

You are likely to take the following classes in 10th grade. Here are some supplies specific to those courses:

Algebra II

  • Scientific calculator with fraction key


  • Scientific calculator with fraction key
  • Circular protractor
  • Ruler marked with inches and centimeters
  • Compass

Foreign Language

  • 3x5 colored index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary (or smartphone app)
  • Electronic translator (or smartphone app)

Supplies for 11th Grade

Juniors should be prepared for some basic 11th-grade classes by having these supplies on hand:

Biology II

  • Science/Biology dictionary (or smartphone app)


  • Graphing calculator, such as TI-83 or 86


  • Four-function calculator with percent key

Foreign Language

  • 3x5 colored index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary (or smartphone app)
  • Electronic translator (or smartphone app)

Supplies for 12th Grade

Plan for these possible senior-year classes with these specifics:


  • Four-function calculator with percent key


  • Scientific calculator with fraction key


  • Scientific calculator


  • Scientific calculator

Foreign Language

  • 3x5 colored index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary (or smartphone app)
  • Electronic translator (or smartphone app)

Pricey But Worth It

If your family's budget allows, these items will also aide you in your studies:

  • Laptop or Computer Notebook: You will likely have access to computer labs on campus, but a laptop or computer notebook with a click-on keyboard will free you up to do your work anywhere.
  • Printer/Scanner: Again, you'll be able to print your work out on your school's printers, but having one at home is much more convenient—and it will allow you to check your work more easily. Make sure to get one with scanning capabilities. Scanners can be used to create study guides from your books, which will help you in everything from preparing for tests to writing a research paper.
  • Post-It™ Easel Pads: This item is useful for brainstorming, especially in a study-group setting. It's basically a pad of giant sticky notes that you can cover with a mind-dump of notes, list items, ideas, etc., and then stick to the wall or any other surface. 
  • Smartpen by Livescribe: This is a favorite tool for math students, who always seem to "get it" when the teacher lectures and works out problems, but then "lose it" when they sit down to work the problems on their own. The Smartpen will allow you to record a lecture while taking notes, and then afterward place the pen tip on any word or drawing and listen to the part of the lecture that was taking place when those notes were recorded. 
  • Smartphone: While your teachers will likely not allow phones in their classrooms, having access to a smartphone will enable you to use a wealth of education-specific apps once you are home.