Resources › For Students and Parents List of Supplies for High School Students Grades 9 through 12 Share Flipboard Email Print Phil Ashley/Stone/Getty Images For Students and Parents Homework Help Homework Tips Learning Styles & Skills Study Methods Time Management Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated July 11, 2019 One of the best ways to be successful in high school is to have a complete set of study items on hand. Not only will you be prepared for just about every assignment, 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. Right before the new school year begins, invest in these items and you'll be good to go. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a full stock of supplies. Many of these items can be found at dollar and other discount stores. Backpack3-ring binderPocket foldersNotebook DividersColored pencilsNo. 2 pencilsErasersPencil sharpenerPencil casePensHighlightersMarkersLined notebook paperGraph paperSpiral notebooksComputer printer paperFlash driveGlue stickHand sanitizerLocker organizersOrganizer/plannerPaper clipsScissorsStapler3-hole punchPoster paintsPoster paperPublic library card 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 9th Grade Students beginning their first year of high school may take a variety of classes. Depending on your course schedule, supplies may vary. Algebra I Scientific calculator with fraction key Geometry Scientific calculator with fraction keyCircular protractorRuler marked with inches and centimetersCompass Foreign Language 3x5 colored index cardsForeign language dictionary (or smartphone app)Electronic translator (or smartphone app) Supplies for 10th Grade Many students are likely to take the following classes in 10th grade. Depending on your course schedule, supplies may vary. Algebra II Scientific calculator with fraction key Geometry Scientific calculator with fraction keyCircular protractorRuler marked with inches and centimetersCompass Foreign Language 3x5 colored index cardsForeign language dictionary (or smartphone app)Electronic translator (or smartphone app) Supplies for 11th Grade Juniors should be prepared for typical 11th-grade classes by having these supplies on hand: Biology II Science/Biology dictionary (or smartphone app) Calculus Graphing calculator, such as TI-83 or 86 Accounting Four-function calculator with percent key Foreign Language 3x5 colored index cardsForeign language dictionary (or smartphone app)Electronic translator (or smartphone app) Supplies for 12th Grade Plan for these typical senior-year classes with the following items: Marketing Four-function calculator with percent key Statistics Scientific calculator with fraction key Chemistry or Physics Scientific calculator Foreign Language 3x5 colored index cardsForeign language dictionary (or smartphone app)Electronic translator (or smartphone app) Additional Supplies If your family's budget allows, these items will also be helpful in your studies: Laptop or Notebook Computer: You will likely have access to a computer lab on campus or at the public library, but a laptop or notebook computer with a click-on keyboard will allow you to do your work anywhere.Smartphone: While your teachers will likely not allow phones in the classroom, having access to a smartphone will enable you to use a wealth of education-related apps and websites.Printer/Scanner: Although you may be able to print your work out on your school's printers, 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 fill with ideas and list items and then stick to a wall or any other surface. Smartpen by Livescribe: This is a favorite tool for math students, who may "get it" during a lecture in class, 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.