Back to School 2010: High School Supplies List

Posted By Simon on August 13, 2010
in Back To School

Along with the start of the new semester, 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! This list contains 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.

  • Flash drive
  • 3-ring binder
  • Backpack
  • 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
  • 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 in and cm
  • Compass

Foreign Language

  • Index cards
  • Foreign Language Dictionary

Supplies for Eleventh Grade

Biology II

  • Science/Biology dictionary


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


  • Four-function calculator with percent key

Foreign Language

  • 3×5 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

  • 3×5 Index cards
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Electronic translator

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.
  • Post-ItTM 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.
  • Laptop Computer: You will have access to computer labs on campus, but a laptop computer will free you up to do your work anywhere.
  • PowerPoint to DVD/Video Converter: Maybe you appreciate the teaching slideshows created by your teacher, or you make some study notes in the format of Microsoft PowerPoint yourself. Moreover, you want to watch them on TV, or burn it to DVD and sent to others as a gift, or upload them to video sharing website like YouTube, you should turn to some PowerPoint to DVD burner or PowerPoint to video converter.
  • PowertPoint/Word/Excel to PDF Converter: PDf file is highly compact, small, securable, anti-viruses and convenient, and compatible with modern portable reader systems. There are so many free all-in-one PPT/Word/Excel to PDF converters you can download from related websites.
  • Printer/Scanner: If you can afford to have an 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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