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The Definitive 2018 School Supply List for Middle Schoolers

The school supplies your pre-teen needs to ace their classes this year.

Moving up to middle school means a greater workload, tougher tests, and more stuff to lug from class to class. In some school systems, kids are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets from home; in others, the schools provide the equipment themselves. Always check with your school about specific requirements or restrictions, since specifics can vary. Then use this comprehensive checklist to arm your kid with everything they need to make this year an academic success, from the basics to the best organizing systems to essential gadgets.

The Basics

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  1. Do you plan on sending your kids back to school this fall?
    Yes. I trust that our schools are taking precautions.
    No. We don't feel that proper precautions are in place.
    I'm not sure yet. It depends on how things progress.
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Organizers

  • Two-pocket folders in multiple colors (amazon.com, $16 for box of 50 folders)
  • Academic week daily planner (staples.com, $12.30)
  • Sturdy backpack with laptop compartment (amazon.com, $43)

Gadgets