Official School Supply Guidelines

This is the only official list of supplies for students throughout Europe. All other lists that may be in circulation, or requests for additional supplies, should be disregarded. Parents should follow only the DoDEA Europe official guidelines when purchasing school supplies for their children.

Each school may provide additional guidance to the parents on what to buy for their student that is more "grade specific". These lists are normally published in the local newspapers for each garrison just before school starts.

Additionally, teachers will identify which items will be needed for their classroom. So please check your school and your child's teacher to know exactly what items will be needed.


Parents are expected to provide the following for their children as needed:

All Schools Levels:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Rubber eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue (sticks, bottled)
  • Pocket folders
  • Highlighters
  • Book bag or backpack
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Plastic supply box
  • Notebook dividers
  • Bound composition book
  • Gym shoes
  • Notebook - 3-ring binder
  • Paints (watercolor)
  • Colored markers
  • Tissues (1 box, max.)
  • Planners*
  • Paper - loose leaf

For Elementary Schools only:

  • Child's round end scissors
  • Crayons
  • Bath towel
  • Paint shirt

For Middle Schools only:

  • Crayons
  • Clipboards
  • Scissors

For High Schools:

  • Clipboards
  • Scissors
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Rulers


Schools are expected to purchase the following items and have them available in August for the beginning of school:

  • Rulers (ES & MS only)
  • Paints (tempra)
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper - graph
  • Index Cards
  • Calculators
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Plastic Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Contact Paper
  • Liquid Soap
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Locks (as required)
  • Copy-Printer Paper

Parents are not to be expected to purchase the above items.

*Student Planners may be purchased using appropriated funds with the Superintendent's authorization. Authorization may be granted only when their use is essentially equivalent to a consumable textbook and are used as an instructional resource in a regularly scheduled course or program conducted and monitored under the guidance of a member of the school faculty.