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Before you send your kids back to school (or off to college!), make a school supplies list and check it twice. Whether you’re starting from scratch or sorting through supplies of year’s past, use these checklists, which are broken down by grade for quick reference, as a guide. If you really want a stress-free summer print out the list that fits your needs and bring it with you to the store. Or better yet, order everything — pens, backpacks, mini fridges, and more — online and enjoy your final days of the season. Even if you want to get your shopping done early, check with your kid’s teachers for any last-minute adds.

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An exciting new school year is approaching. We’ve listed some items to help your child have a productive and fun year.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

  • 1 bottle of white, liquid glue
  • 11arge, pink eraser
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 box of tissues to share
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of markers or colored pencils
  • A backpack
  • 12, #2 pencils
  • 2 dry-erase markers
  • 1 pair of safety scissors
  • 1small school box or zipper pouch for school supplies
  • 2, two-pocket folders
  • 2 wide-ruled notebooks
  • 1 ruler (inches and centimeters)

3rd – 5th Grades

  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of markers or colored pencils
  • 12, #2 pencils
  • 1 school box or zippered pouch for school supplies
  • 3 big glue sticks
  • 5, two-pocket folders
  • 3-Ring Binder, 1 1/2″ or 2″
  • 1 pack wide-ruled, loose leaf paper
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 2 large erasers
  • 1 box of tissues to share
  • 2 highlighters
  • 1 pack of3x5 index cards (white)
  • 2 spiral, wire bound notebooks
  • A backpack
  • 2 marble composition notebooks
  • Protractor
  • Basic calculator
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)

6th – 8th Grades

  • Several #2 pencils
  • Extra erasers
  • Several pens (blue or black)
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of markers or colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1/2 inch 3-ring binder
  • 2 composition or spiral notebooks
  • Dividers-at least 6
  • 1 pack of graph paper
  • 2 packs of loose leaf paper
  • 4, two-pocket folders
  • 2 highlighters
  • Scissors
  • 1 set of 3X5 ruled index cards
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • Compass
  • Graphing calculator (see teacher for clarification and specifics)

9th – 12th Grades

  • 3-ring binders, one for each class
  • Dividers
  • #2 Pencils
  • Ballpoint pens (blue or black)
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • 1 box of colored pencils, markers or crayons
  • Loose leaf, college-ruled notebook paper
  • Index cards
  • Glue sticks
  • Pack of graph paper
  • Composition or spiral notebooks
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • Graphing calculator (see teacher for clarification and specifics)

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Take a moment and review these back to school safety tips. Read our entire article on back to school safety here.

1. If your child walks to school make sure they use the “buddy” system. Walking with a friend or in a large group of other students is a great way to be safe on the journey to and from school. There is always greater safety in numbers.

2. If your child rides the bus be sure that they know their own bus number.

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3. Always walk or ride your bike in areas that are well lit. Stay on the same familiar high traffic pathways to and from school. Do not take short cuts and avoid places that cannot be seen or heard.

4. A good thing to do with your child if they walk to school is to walk the route with them before school begins. Obey all traffic signals and signs, use the crosswalks and listen to the crossing guard.

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What school supplies are essential for my student’s school and grade?
It starts with the list from your school, but you want to make sure you miss nothing. Last year we introduced a web service called, “School List with a Click.” With this school supplies list service you can find your school/grade and download the supply list to your device to make shopping easy. That leaves your student able to focus on choices that express their individuality – a scientific calculator may be on the list, but a rose gold calculator can turn a tool into a fashion accessory. Highlighters are an essential study aid, but with a 10-pack of assorted colors, your student can categorize, organize, and even express themselves creatively. And don’t get us started on all that’s possible with assorted sticky notes.

Where can I go to donate school supplies?
The best answer is at your school itself – we’re talking about teachers. It’s well known that most teachers pay out-of-pocket to ensure their class is properly equipped, including for those students who may have forgotten their school supplies, or may not be able to afford the more expensive supplies. If you’re able to help, your teacher will gratefully accept any classroom essentials that are in constant use, including facial tissue, notebooks, pens & pencils, pocket folders, loose leaf paper, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizer. You can also drop off school supply donations at most Office Depot OfficeMax locations. There are bins at the store where you can just drop them off. We’ll take it from there. We make sure these supplies are delivered to those most in need.

Where is the best place to buy school supplies?
We’re a bit biased here, but we believe Office Depot OfficeMax is the best place to buy your school supplies. With several students in a household, different lists per school/grade, a limited budget, and a limited amount of time to get it all done with the least amount of fuss, Office Depot OfficeMax offers the convenience of one-stop shopping, with sale priced items throughout back to school season. By partnering with your local schools, we try to make your experience, fast, affordable, and even fun! Your students can go on the hunt for cool locker accessories while you make sure you’ve counted the right number of notebooks, glue sticks, etc. Sorry, but somebody must do the tedious work while the kids have fun. Don’t worry – your time will come once they’ve all gotten to class and it’s “parent time!”

Back-to-School Shopping Questions Answered

When the start of the school year is just around the corner, that means that it’s time to stock up on the essentials like backpacks, lunchboxes, binders, glue sticks, crayons and more. Make sure your kids are set up for success this school year by making sure they have everything they need to learn. With our Every Day Low Prices and large selection of school supplies, Walmart has everything you need to start the school year off on the right foot.

How do I know what supplies my child needs?

In the weeks before school starts, lists from your child’s school for each grade level are located at the front of the store. Teachers also have an opportunity to create a wish list online for their classrooms. This way you can shop for individual supplies for your child as well as contribute supplies to the entire class all in one shopping trip.

Where do I find school uniforms?

You’ll find a large selection of school uniforms at Walmart. Find a variety of tops, pants, shorts, dresses and shoes that comply with your child’s school’s uniform policy. Add a bit of variety to your child’s wardrobe by selecting some socks, sweaters and hair ribbons. Select durable pieces that stand up to work and play and will last for the entire school year.

How can I avoid the back-to-school shopping crowds?

Beat the rush in the weeks before school begins by shopping as early as possible. Stores begin stocking up on low-priced school supplies toward the end of summer. Additionally, browse the selection of school supplies available online and have everything you need shipped directly to your home. Don t have time to wait for shipping? Go for free in-store pickup. Order online, pick up as soon as today.

Are warranties available for computers and electronics?

Computers, tablets, cell phones and other electronics are perhaps the most expensive items on your back-to-school shopping list. Protecting those items so they last for the entire school year is important to you. New electronics are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. Refurbished electronics from Walmart typically come with a limited one-year parts and labor warranty. If you want a bit of extra protection, you can purchase an optional two-year care plan to give you extra peace of mind. Plans start as low as $2 for extra coverage.

What can I do with last year’s electronics?

Get money back on your investment in last year’s electronics with the Gadgets to Gift Cards program on Trade in cell phones, tablets, eReaders and more. Select your item from the list of accepted products, get a free offer for its trade-in value and then ship it for free to CExchange. Once your product is evaluated, you’ll receive a Walmart eGift Card to use on future purchases.

What are the benefits to buying in bulk?

While the list of school supplies you receive at the beginning of the year might seem like a lot, keep in mind that there’s a good chance you’ll need to replenish these supplies before the end of the year. Save money and time by stocking up on a few essentials like pencils, pens, notebook paper, copy paper and other frequently used items at the beginning of the year so you’ll be prepared when your student runs low on supplies. Buying in bulk also saves money per unit in comparison to buying smaller packages, so you end up saving money in the long run.

How can I save money on back-to-school purchases?

Some people drive from store to store looking for the best deals on back-to-school supplies. It doesn’t have to be that complicated though. With the Ad Match Guarantee, you can get the same prices at Walmart that are available at other nearby stores.

How can I simplify shopping after school is back in session?

Between school pick up and drop off, soccer practices and other activities, you might find yourself short on time once school is back in session. It might be difficult to carve out time to ensure your student has nutritious lunches and snacks. Take advantage of Walmart Grocery for pickup or delivery service for the items you need on a day-to-day basis.

Back to Virtual School Shopping List

Getting back-to-school supplies takes on a whole new meaning for families with students enrolled in a virtual school. Connections Academy families get a special back-to-school package—a school year in a box, delivered right to their doorsteps.

Although many of the items needed for the virtual school year are supplied by the school, there are some school supplies you may want to have handy to help you create a productive home learning environment.

Many of these general school supplies you probably already have in your household. Some of the basics you’ll want to gather include:

  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters
  • Notecards and Post-it® Notes
  • File folders and/or pocket folders
  • Notebooks, loose-leaf paper, graph paper
  • Ruler, tape, scissors
  • Printer, printer paper, and printer ink cartridges

Some important organizational items experienced Learning Coaches find helpful are:

  • Inexpensive, stackable file racks that you can label for each subject (makes storing and locating materials easy)
  • A monitor stand that allows the computer keyboard to slide out of the way
  • Whiteboard/magnetic board/corkboard
  • Desk organizer
  • Bookshelves/storage bins/crates
  • A sturdy 3-hole punch (so you can keep everything organized in binders)
  • A jump/flash drive or CD-ROMs to store past assignments and lessons

You’ll also want to make sure your child’s desk space and surrounding area are conducive to learning. Make sure there is enough space to spread out, and purchase a comfortable chair.

Get Creative with Your Virtual School Supplies

Experienced Learning Coaches have figured out what the most beneficial virtual school supplies are through trial and error over the years. These may not be items that are required, but they can help you better utilize learning spaces, file assignments, organize textbooks and supplies, and create special features that motivate your child to learn.

Some of the more creative items you can purchase, collect or make include:

  • Construction paper, card stock, markers, colored pencils, glitter, and other art supplies
  • Decorative Post-it® Notes or notecards for making special notes
  • Clear overhead projector sheets and wipe-off markers
  • Old magazines that have lots of pictures (great for art projects)
  • Laminate workbook pages so your student can complete the same problems repeatedly
  • Fun, novelty items your child enjoys using: decorative erasers, stickers, brightly colored pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, Sharpie® markers, etc.
  • Themed binder/notebook labels
  • Brightly colored duct tape to cover binders (makes them durable and fun!)

No matter what kind of learner your child is, organization is the key to success. You need to create a learning environment that is free of distractions, completely accessible, and easy for your child to use.

Remember that good school supplies do not always have to be expensive. Go to garage sales in your neighborhood to see if you can find gently used shelving and storage bins. These kinds of sales are also great for odds and ends you wouldn’t want to pay full price for in the store.

What are your favorite virtual school supplies you just can’t do without? Which items have been most beneficial for your child? We’d love to hear your ideas and share them with the rest of our online learning community.

Back to School Supply and Teacher Lists

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Where do I find the school supply list page?

Mobile App: Services > School Supply Lists

Mobile browser and desktop: in new window

How do I find my child’s school supply list?

  1. Enter your school’s city, state, or zip code (required); Enter your school’s name (optional); Click Search.
  2. Choose your school from the list of schools in the area.
  3. Choose your child’s school supply list by grade or subject.
  4. Choose items to purchase from that school supply list or visit a Walmart store for your school supplies.
  5. If there is no school listed for your area, you can choose from a recommended school supply list (by grade).
  6. You can save your school supply list for later by clicking Save this school supply list.

Where do I find my child’s school supplies in a store?

This experience is available only on the app.

  1. Find your local school supplies list (see above).
  2. Click the At Your Store tab.
  3. Click the See Items on Map button.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I know this supply list is actually my school’s list and not Walmart’s recommended list?

A: School supply lists are provided by school districts. The date the list was made available can be seen on the search page. If your school list isn’t available, then Walmart has recommended lists by grade level.

Q: I can’t find my school. How does my school participate in the supply list?

A: School districts can add their supply lists by going to in new window and uploading their supply lists.

Q: How can a teacher create and share a list for their class/school?

A: Follow these steps:

  1. Go to in new window.
  2. Enter your School’s Zip Code.
  3. Select the School(s) you are uploading for.
  4. Upload your list via an accepted file format like jpg, Word, PDF, Excel, etc.
  5. You will receive an email confirming your upload was received.
  6. Your list will be available within 48 hours.
  7. Once available, you will receive an email link to your list, and you can see it on in new window in the school supply lists.