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Back-to-School Supply list for High School

The Basics

  • Backpack, Student ID, MetroCard (to be provided by the school)

  • Charging Cable for your device(s)

  • No. 2 pencils

  • Mechanical pencils

  • Colored pencils

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Large pink erasers

  • Ballpoint pens (Get a couple with red, green, or purple ink, too, because some teachers have students do peer

  • editing.)

  • Spiral-bound or composition notebooks

  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (Teachers can be picky about paper — most ask that students use the college-ruled variety.)

  • Ruler with English and metric measurements

  • Protractor and compass

  • TI 84 Graphing Calculator and Scientific Calculator

Organizational helpers

  • Several three-ring binders (Some teachers require that a binder be used exclusively for their class.) You may want to use Red for Math, Blue for History, Green for Science, etc.

  • Color Coded Divider Tab Inserts for 3-ring binder

  • Three-hole punch (a regular one or one that fits in a three-ring binder)

  • Pencil case that fits in a binder

  • Trapper Style Pocket folders that fit in binders

  • Calendar or planner for scheduling or recording assignments

Study aids

  • Index cards, ruled and blank (These are great for making flash cards.)

  • Highlighters

  • Craft and creative materials

  • Drawing paper

  • Construction paper

  • Glue sticks

  • Scotch tape

  • Stapler (Best is a mini stapler, which is easily portable, for last minute stapling emergencies!)

  • Scissors

  • Markers

Home Tech supplies

  • Portable USB storage drive

  • Reliable Internet Connection 

  • Headphones

  • Mouse and keyboard

Nice-to-have supplies for high school

  • Printer for documents and assignments

  • Reusable water bottle

It is recommended that all students obtain a TI-84 series calculator for their time in High School.  This calculator is essential for math curriculum in high school and college. 

This model is available with most online and in-person retail stores.

Math Technology


HSES is a 1:1 Chromebook school.  Access to this technology provides students a direct connection to their assignments, research, and allows for a more equitable and supportive time in High School.

Students are issued a device and charger at the start of their 9th grade year and continue with devices through 12th grade.

For more details,  questions,  or information please reach out to our Parent Coordinator.

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