List of Supplies for High School Students

Grades Ten through Twelve

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One of the best ways to be successful in high school is to be prepared for any assignment that comes your way.

It's a good idea to keep an inventory of supplies on hand, so you'll be ready when it really counts. Avoid those last-minute trips to the store! The following list includes items that are recommended supplies for high school.

General Supplies for Every High School Student

Some supplies are necessary year after year, no matter what grade you're in.

When you're planning for a new school year, it's pretty safe to invest in these. 

Note: Many of the items below can be found in a "one dollar" store, so it is a good idea to visit a store like this first!

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

Some extra supplies will be necessary each year, but the specific requirements will differ from school to school and grade to grade. This list is a guideline. Check with your teachers for specifics!

Supplies for Tenth Grade

Algebra II

  • Scientific calculator with fraction key


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

Foreign Language

  • Index cards (colored)
  • Foreign Language Dictionary (smartphone app)

Supplies for Eleventh Grade

Biology II

  • Science/Biology dictionary (smartphone app)


  • Graphing calculator, such as TI -83 or 86
  • Graphing paper


  • Four-function calculator with percent key

Foreign Language

  • 3x5 Index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Translator

Supplies for Twelfth Grade


  • Four-function calculator with percent key


  • Scientific calculator with fraction key


  • Scientific calculator


  • Scientific calculator

Foreign Language

  • 3x5 Index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Electronic translator (smartphone app)

Pricey But Worth It

  • Smartpen by Livescribe: This is a favorite tool for math class. Students always seem to "get it" when a math teacher lectures and works out problems, but then they "lose it" when they sit down to do math problems on their own. The Smartpen enables students to record a lecture while taking notes. The pen will enable the student to 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. (See pricing)
  • Post-It™ Easel Pads: This item is useful for brainstorming, but it's a little pricey. It's basically a pad of giant sticky notes that you can put on a wall or any other surface and cover with a mind-dump of notes, list items, ideas, or anything else. This tool is great for study group brainstorming sessions. (See pricing)
  • Notebook Computer: You will have access to computer labs on campus, but a notebook computer and a click-on keyboard will free you up to do your work anywhere.
  • Printer/Scanner: If you can afford to have your own printer in your room, be sure to get a printer with scanning capabilities. Scanners can be used to create study guides from your books.
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