Students entering ninth grade should purchase backpacks, combination locks, writing utensils, folders, book covers, flash drives, binders, dividers, and spiral-bound and loose-leaf paper. While some schools don't have specific requirements for paper format, high school teachers typically prefer college-ruled paper. Since high school classes have a busy workload, a weekly planner or assignment book to keep track of homework deadlines is helpful.
Writing utensils are useful for taking notes and working on in-class assignments. Ninth graders typically need a variety of writing tools to handle different tasks such as completing math problems, drawing diagrams and color-coding notes. Pens, no. 2 pencils, highlighters and colored pencils are useful for these applications. Sticky notes, erasers, pencil sharpeners and pencil cases help students stay organized and maintain supplies.
Many ninth graders need to carry large books and multiple supplies. Medium-sized backpacks roughly 19 inches tall, 13 inches deep and 10 inches wide work best. Students should prepare for high school math and science classes by buying graph paper and a scientific calculator. If they don't already have multipurpose supplies, students should buy staplers, staples and rulers with metric and U.S. measurements. Parents can also stock up on project supplies such as posterboard and index cards to avoid last-minute shopping to beat a deadline.