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Columbia Basic School Supply List

Because class dynamics may vary significantly, please note that students at the High School level will receive a separate supply list from each classroom teacher on the first day of classes.

Please note that due to current COVID-19 Safety Precautions, school supply items cannot be shared in classrooms.

Below is a suggested basic list of supplies for those who wish to purchase items in advance:

  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Pocket folders (pockets in the bottom)
  • Composition notebooks
  • 3-Ring Binders (1”)
  • Pens / Pencils
  • Highlighter pens
  • Pencil case
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Flash drives
  • Colored pencils (for Science and Art)
  • Graph paper (for Science)
  • Student Planner/Agenda
  • Graphing Calculator (Refer below for Calculator notice from Math Dept.)
  • Backpack
  • Tissues (donations are gratefully accepted)
  • Personal hand sanitizer / disinfectant wipes
  • Face masks (cloth or surgical masks)


  1. Plastic 12” ruler
  2. Pencils (preferably a small set of drawing pencils, if possible) 
  3. An eraser (vinyl erasers preferred)
  4. A hand-held pencil sharpener 
  5. Scissors
  6. Glue Stick 


New York State has mandated the use of graphing calculators for all high school mathematics Regents examinations. In addition to the students using the graphing calculator on the Regents exam, the mathematics teachers will be integrating the use of a graphing calculator into classroom activities, homework, and assessments throughout the year.

The teachers at Columbia High School will be using Texas Instruments calculators. Texas Instruments has announced that they will be making their TI-84 Plus CE App for the Chromebook FREE for the 2020-2021 school year. Once the school year starts, teachers will provide students with instructions about how to access the calculator on their Chromebooks.

The free app from Texas Instruments is set to expire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year on July 15, 2021. While it is not required for families to purchase a calculator this year, we realize that some students may prefer to have their own calculator, rather than rely on the free app for the Chromebook. Calculators may be purchased at various stores (Walmart, Target, Staples) and may be included in Back-to-School sales. The models that are appropriate for all mathematics courses include:

TI-83 Plus,   TI-84 Plus,   TI-84 Plus Silver Edition,
TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition,   TI-84 Plus CE

The use of the graphing calculator at home allows the student to further practice concepts and skills and to gain familiarity with the calculator functions. These graphing calculators will be used throughout your child’s high school mathematics program, as well as in many college courses.

If you decide to purchase a calculator and are unsure of the model, please do not open the plastic packaging until a mathematics teacher checks the model. Returning merchandise is often difficult if the calculators have been opened.

Last Updated July 2021