Moving from middle school to high school can be quite daunting for any teenager in the US. One of the best ways to ensure your teenager’s transaction from middle school to high school is as smooth as possible is to ensure that they have everything they need before the first semester begins. 

The school will often provide a list of things that your child needs to take with them, so this may be helpful if you can find these suggestions. However, we have created a list below of the main items that every teen will need to take with them to high school. 

Many of these items can be found quite cheap at a dollar store or other discount store, so don’t be disheartened at the vast number of items on this list. 

List of Things Every Teenager Needs Before High School Starts

Below is a list of the things that each teenager will need to take with them to high school:

  • Backpack
  • Ring binder
  • Pocket folders
  • Number 2 pencils
  • Notebook dividers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens
  • Pencil case
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Flash drive
  • Graph paper
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Computer printer paper
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Glue stick
  • Paper clips
  • Locker organizers
  • Organizer or planner
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Hole punch
  • Poster paper
  • Poster paints
  • Public library card 

There are some extra supplies that may be needed in addition to those listed above. Items will differ from school to school and different items will be needed, depending on the class. It’s important to check with teachers for any specific items that may be needed. 

Computer For School Work

In addition to the stationery items listed above, it’s a good idea to find a decent school laptop or computer for your teen to use at home or take on the go with them (if it’s a laptop). 

Your child will likely have access to a computer at school in a computer lab on the campus or they may have access to a computer in the public library. However, a laptop or a tablet with a clip-on keyboard will allow your child to keep all of their work in the same place and will give them the flexibility to complete their school work wherever they want. 

There are some laptops and computers on the market that are specifically designed for school use. Consider searching ‘school laptop’ online to find a great deal on a laptop or computer that your student can make use of. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many items that your child will need before they start school. It’s likely that they may already have some of these items from their middle school years that they can use. However, if your child does need some new items, most of the stationary pieces can be picked up for quite cheap at most dollar or discount stores. The most expensive item your child may need is a school laptop. However, there are deals around all the time, so it’s worth keeping an eye on these deals to find one that’s right for your child.


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