Basic school supplies for elementary schools mentioned by Cozi.com include writing tools, such as pencils, crayons, pens, colored pencils and highlighters. Notebooks, loose filler paper, folders and binders are also necessities for school. No matter the grade, book bags are always helpful in transporting homework and important papers.
For middle school students, additions to the list include calculators, usually of the graphing variety, along with USB flash drives and tabbed dividers for organization purposes. With increased computer usage throughout higher grade levels, the more likely it is that a students need to save work on flash drives. Depending on the school, students also need combination locks for gym lockers. Other locker accessories, both decorative and organizational, are optional.
High school students need a larger variety of pens in different shades, which are for grading purposes in many classes, along with sticky notes and sticky flags for taking notes in books. Weekly planners are usually needed to keep students organized. Access to a dictionary and a thesaurus are helpful, either in book or electronic form. Many high school teachers prefer students to use college-ruled paper to complete assignments as opposed to wide-ruled for younger students.
Regardless of the student's grade, lunch bags are optional, depending on if students pack lunches or eat cafeteria food.