6th Grade School Supply List 2024 Back to School

Gear Up for 6th Grade! Top 10 Must-Have Supplies: Heading into 6th grade is an exciting adventure, and having the right tools can make it even better. We dove into over 50 school supply lists and unearthed the top 10 essentials middle schoolers need to rock the year.

6th Grade School Supply List 2024

Top 10 Back-to-School School Supplies

We compared nearly 53 items (including the quantities) from 3 schools in Kansas, Alabama and Texas to find out the items that are popular. 

Here is the list of the top 10 school supplies for 2024. (Download the PDF version of all the 53 items, including the selected TOP 10).

  1. Composition notebooks different colors (Amazon link)
  2. Pocket folders with brads (Amazon link)
  3. Colored pencils
  4. Roll of paper towels
  5. Three-ring binder
  6. Binder dividers (a set of 5)
  7. #2 Pencils Sharpened - a dozen
  8. Pencil Pouch - multi-pockets
  9. Highlighters (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue)
  10. Earbuds W/In-Line Mic

IMPORTANT: Before the school starts, clearly label all supplies with first and last names.

To label the school supplies, you will require fabric markers and name labels (Amazon affiliate link).

Why know the top 10 supplies?

We've observed that these 10 schools' supplies were popular across the 3 schools that we analyzed. In addition, several supplies have been consistently requested by the middle school over the years.

We identified the popular supplies for elementary from Pre-K all the way up to 5th Grade. See the elementary school supply lists here.

You can also find the complete school supply lists for 6th Grade, 7th Grade and 8th Grade via this link - Middle School Supply List.

Download 2024 School Supply List

This PDF list contains the most requested list of 10 items, as well as all the lists from the complete list that we used to analyse the supplies from 3 schools.

Get it here - Top 10 School Supplies for 6th Grade.

It will give you a good idea about the school supply list if you do not have one from your child/ren's school yet. 

Please use this list as a guide as you plan to gather the items for your child.

Buy school supplies in 2024

You can buy the school supplies at your local stationery shop if you are willing to travel there.

You can also get the school supplies at Amazon via this link.

Visit the Amazon store for the Top 10 school supplies.

6th Grade School Supply List 2024

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6th Grade School Supply List 2024

The top 10 school supplies will give you an idea about the items to buy now or during the school term.  

We found out that there are 3 different types of supplies that schools often ask for - the required supplies, additional supplies, and supplies for boys and girls. 

Importantly, as your child enters middle school they'll require supplies for each of the courses (or subjects) such as Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Some schools ask for the general supplies that everyone across the grade needs. 

Many schools may often ask for the required school supplies on the first day of school. If you need clarity, speak to your child's class teacher as he/she is the best person to help. 

In addition, check out the school newsletter or website for any latest inclusions of supplies.

General school supplies for 6th Grade 

Some school supplies may need to be replenished during the school year. In fact, each school may require additional supplies depending on what they are planning after Summer. 

Schools that offer self-contained classes or other additional curricula and extra-curricular activities often make this clear in their newsletter to parents and citizens.

Contact the school or talk to your child's 6th Grade teacher if you need further clarification.

Back to School Supply Checklist

The diagram shows the complete list of items that we used to identify the top 10 school Supplies. The colored items were rearranged to show the popular (and common) supplies in three schools from the different states -  Kansas, Alabama and Texas.


We realised that all three schools have asked the parents and children to name the supplies with first and last names. This is an important exercise and must be done before the start of the school term. 

A fabric pen and name labels will be required to name the supplies.

2024 7th Grade and 8th Grade Back to School Supply Checklists

We compared over 100 school supplies from more than 10 middle schools in 9 states to identify the top 10 products. 

Each school supply list has a general list of items, as well as the items for each subject. We sorted the items and rearranged them to match the items from one school to another which made it easier to selectively identify the same items across the different schools. 

It took a week to finally complete the list. We call this the Top 10 Popular School Supplies!

You can see the Top 10 Items for the middle schools via the links:

1) 7TH GRADE Top 10 Popular School Supplies.

2) 8TH GRADE Top 10 Popular School Supplies.

How to use the School Supply Lists 2024?

These lists are *checklists* only. Your child's school will have an updated supply list for you. 

In fact, many of these items are common year after year. But these lists will give you a heads-up in case you see the supplies at a discount online, or at a shop, or anywhere in the house. 

By doing this, you do not have to buy all the supplies at once. This can save you a lot of money and time.

So we hope you find this information useful. Download the 6TH GRADE school supply checklist (PDF). 

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