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High School Supplies - Buying the Proper High School Supplies

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If there is one major trait of all successful people it is that they are always prepared. Preparation for school will give you an edge over other students who do not care. If you have an edge in school, you will begin college having gotten more from your high school education than others. Starting college with an edge will make it easy to maintain it until you graduate, and then you will be prepared for the workforce. The best jobs and the highest starting salaries will be open to you, so you can get all that you ever desired for the rest of your life.

The best way to be prepared for high school is by going in each year with the right high school supplies. Your school or school district should be able to provide you with a list of the minimum supplies required. This may also be supplemented by a list of recommended supplies over and above the minimum. Of course, the exact supplies you will need depend on your year in high school and the exact classes you will be taking.

If you want to get a jumpstart on school supplies and save a lot of money in the process, you can buy next year’s supplies a year early. Shortly after school begins, all of the stores that sell school supplies will have clearance sales where you can save up to 75% off of regular prices. This means if you are going into high school next year, the best time to buy supplies, or get your parents to buy them, is just after you start 8th grade.

Some high school supplies are required or recommended for all students no matter what classes you are taking. These supplies should be stocked up on as soon as possible. You will save a lot of money and you can just put them away in a closet until you need them. Here is a list of general high school supplies you will need:

  • 2 3-ring binders
  • 10 no. 2 pencils (wood or mechanical)
  • Large eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 10 ballpoint pens (4 black, 4 blue, 2 red)
  • 2 highlighters
  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • 8 single-subject spiral-bound, college-rule notebooks (preferably with perforated pages)
  • 12 colored folders (6 with pockets, 6 with three-hole prongs, or 12 with both)
  • Day planner/scheduler
  • 200 3” x 5” index cards (100 ruled, 100 unruled)
  • 2 sticky note pads
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Scientific calculator
  • Backpack/book bag
  • Pencil case
  • Glue stick
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler and staples
  • Scissors

Besides this list of general high school supplies, there are also several items that are not necessarily required, but can give you that edge in high school you need to graduate strongly and enter college prepared. Here are those extra high school supplies that can help:

  • 4GB flash drive
  • Laptop computer (if money is an issue, look at smaller netbook computers)
  • Productivity software (Microsoft Office, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia set, etc.)
  • Color printer
  • Graphing calculator

This list of high school supplies is by no means complete. On the first day of class, your teacher may give you a list of items that will specifically be required for the class. This list often involves lab equipment such as gloves and safety goggles, or high school supplies for special projects.

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