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    Summer is winding down and a new school year is right around the corner! Whether your child is starting kindergarten or their senior year of high school, it is an exciting time for all involved. However, preparing your child to go back to school can sometimes be stressful and expensive. The Castillo Group has school supplies lists, information on dress codes and academic calendars for all of the local San Antonio schools. We have also researched all of the top retail supplies stores in the area to help you find the best deals in town!

    Dress Codes

    School dress codes are always a point of debate. It can be confusing and stressful when your child is sent home or reprimanded for clothing that you deem appropriate. To make things a little bit easier, we studied the student handbooks of NISD, NEISD and Boerne ISD and pooled common information on dress codes to come up with a general student attire dress code for female students, male students, and all students.

    Below we have included the dress code expectations of all NISD, NEISD and Boerne ISD students. We did not include the dress codes of schools that require uniforms, which include the following and can be found on the respective websites of each school.

    NISD schools that require a uniform:
    Adams Hill
    Valley Hi

    Secondary Schools

    NEISD Schools that require a uniform:
    East Terrell Hills

    Secondary Schools

    Standard Student Attire for All Students:
    • Shorts and skorts may be worn at the elementary school level and should be no more than 4 inches above the kneecap; shorts and skorts are prohibited in grades 6-12
    • Appropriate footwear must be worn; footwear made of steel or hard plastics is prohibited
    • Indecent/inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing are prohibited
    • All pants are to be full length; cut-offs and intentionally frayed pants, or pants with holes are prohibited
    • Must have hair that is clean, well-groomed and does not attract attention
    • Hair must not have unnatural or extreme hair color and/or styles
    • Headgear is not permitted during school hours
    • Must not have visible tattoos
    • Must not wear trench coats
    • Must not have visible undergarments

    Standard Student Attire for Females:
    • Must not wear dresses, blouses, or tops that are low cut in front or back, that are of sheer material or excessively tight
    • Midsection and back must be covered at all times
    • Must not wear tube tops, camisoles, or tops with spaghetti straps
    • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be at least fingertip length in front and back when student is standing or walking
    • Pierced jewelry may only be worn on ears

    Standard Student Attire for Males:
    • Clean shaven daily
    • Must not wear ponytails
    • Must not wear pierced-type jewelry
    • Must not wear muscle shirts or sleeveless shorts
    Back to School Supplies Lists

    We understand that supply lists can be long and tedious and may sometimes even require items that seem out of the ordinary. And we realize that supplies add up and are expensive, especially when you have more than one child in school. However, we also know of the best places in San Antonio to buy supplies, so we have compiled two lists of recommended school supplies for elementary schools and secondary schools and have included the top supply retailers in the area. Although, your son/daughter may require different or extra supplies once class is in session, the items on these lists should provide them with a good head start.

    Elementary School Recommended Supply List

    • Backpack (some schools require mesh or clear)
    • Crayons
    • Washable Markers
    • 3 Tissue boxes
    • Scissors
    • Construction paper
    • Loose-leaf notebook paper
    • Printer paper
    • Colored Pencils
    • Rulers
    • Spiral notebook
    • Composition Book
    • Glue-sticks
    • Erasers
    • Folders
    • Pencils
    • Pencil box or pouch
    • Dry-erase markers
    • Hand sanitizer

    Middle/High School Recommended Supply List

    • Backpack (some schools require mesh or clear)
    • Folders
    • Loose-leaf notebook paper
    • Printer paper
    • 3 tissue boxes
    • Colored pencils
    • Washable Markers
    • Dry-erase markers
    • Pencils
    • Red, black, and blue ink pens
    • 3 subject or 5 subject notebooks
    • 3 prong binder
    • Binder dividers
    • Erasers
    • Calculator
    • White-out tape
    • Highlighters
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Flash drive
    Office Depot


    Office Depot’s “Dollar Deals” are designed to save on items by buying in bulk, which are sure to last your kiddo throughout the year. Some of the best Dollar Deals include:

    • $3 box of 24 crayola color pencils
    • $5 Office Depot Brand Wood Pencils, pack of 72
    • $4 Office Depot Brand Highlighters, pack of 12
    • $5 BIC Mechanical Pencils, pack of 24
    • $5 BIC ballpoint pens, pack of 12
    • $8 BIC wite-out correction tape, pack of 4
    • $4 Pilot G-2 Retractable gel pens, pack of 4
    • $5 Sharpie Permanent Markers, pack of 12
    • $2 Paper Mate EraserMate Pens, pack of 5
    • $4 Expo Ultra-Fine Point Dry-Erase markers, pack of 4
    • Buy 2, get 1 free on select fashion supplies
    • $1 Office Depot Brand wireless notebooks
    • $3 mini staplers
    • $3 Office Depot brand scissors
    • $6 Office Depot Brand binders
    • $1 Scholastic gluesticks, pack of 4
    • $5 post-it notes

    Other In-Store Deals include:
    • Save $150 on an HP laptop
    • Save up to $200 on select Dell computers
    • Save up to 30% on select backpacks
    • $12.99 select Texas Instruments scientific calculators
    • $4.99 select Lexar flash drives

    Office Depot Locations

    • Office Depot #2218 – 321 N.W. Loop 410 Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78216 : (210)-344-4090
    • Office Depot #2242 – 1205 N Loop 1604 West Ste 200, San Antonio, TX 78258: (210)-408-8200
    • Office Depot #27793 -10624 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78251: (210)-681-2376
    • Office Depot Alamo Quarry Market – 255 E Basse Rd Ste. 1510, San Antonio, TX 78209: (210)-821-6551


    This year Staples has enforced a “110% Lowest Price Guarantee” which is valid from 6/28/15-9/19/15. If you find the same product at a different store all you have to do is either take a picture and show it to a Staples employee or bring the item with your receipt and you will be reimbursed! Staples is also stepping up their game by providing coupons to the GAP. The coupon states that you can save $25 on your next purchase of $50 coupon at Gap when you spend just $10 at Staples, now until 8/25/15.

    110% Awesome Deals campaign includes:
    • $0.50 composition books
    • $0.75 Staples wide ruled filler paper
    • $3.00 Crayola colored pencils, pack of 24
    • $0.75 TOPS wire bound 1-subject notebooks
    • $10 post-it pack of 18 pads
    • $.0.50 staples school glue with stick
    • $3.99 Kleenex Facial tissues 2-ply, pack of 4
    • $3.75 school grade 2 pocket

    Staples Locations
    • Staples #1887 at Legacy – 2003 N Loop 1604 E Ste. 111, San Antonio, TX 78232: (210)-545-2691
    • Staples #1887 – 18203 Rim Drive Ste. 101, San Antonio, TX 78257: (210)-877-6239


    Target currently has a BOGO sale going on that applies to most school supply items. They are also offering free shipping and free returns on every order, along with an online shopping assistant feature, where you can go online to and order your school supply items to be shipped to the store for pickup!

    • $2.74 1” Durable View binder
    • $1.97 Crayola Ultra-clean 10ct washable markers
    • $3.59 Elmer’s washable all purpose glue sticks
    • $2.04 Paper Mate pink erasers
    • $5.49 Crayola washable markers
    • $5.99 post-it sticky notes, 5 pads
    • $2.14 Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 stick pen, pack of 8
    • $2.29 Crayola Multicultural Color pencils, 8
    • $3.24 Post-it flags assorted colors, 5 pack
    • $8.29 EXPO Fine Point Low Odor dry-erase markers
    • $7.99 EXPO Dry Erase Markers, 6 set
    • $4.99 Sharpie Neon permanent markers
    • $2.89 Post-it note cube
    • $5.79 BIC white out liquid quick dry corrector

    Target Locations
    • La Cantera Target – 17502 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78257: (210)-247-0113
    • Alamo Heights Target – 1223 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209: (210)-202-3578
    • Stone Oak SuperTarget – 22832 US Highway 281 N, San Antonio, TX 78258: (210)-679-2368
    • Westover Target – 8223 State Highway 151, San Antonio, TX 78245: (210)- 247-0016


    Wal-mart is offering tons of awesome “School Supply Bundles” from as low as $9.74. The 5-6 grade school “basics bundle” comes with 4 items with options ranging from markers/highlighters, pencils/colored pencils, paper packs, and binders/accessories. They are also offering free shipping on orders $35 and more.

    • $7 4 pack of Mead Wireless composition books
    • $6 3 pack of white 1” Round ring Ecoomy Vinyl View Binders
    • $5.91 Writing Bundle which includes 3 items from an assortment of select pen, pencil, and colored pencil brands
    • $1.97 Crayola colored pencils, 12
    • $2.05 3 pack BIC blue round stic ball pens, 1-dozen
    • $2.14 Dixon Ticonderoga Tri-write wooden pencils, 12 pack
    • $2 BIC Round stic ballpoint pen, black ink, 1 dozen
    • $2 Paper Mate Stick Ballpoint pen, red ink, 1 dozen
    • $6.59 Officemate Eraser Pack, assorted colors, 45 pack
    • $6 Crayola large crayons, 16 colors per box, 2 pack
    • $3.65 Pacon Tru-Ray construction paper, 50 sheets per pack
    • $25.22 Fiskars children’s safety scissors, 12 per pack

    Wal-mart Locations
    • Walmart Supercenter – 8030 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78250: (210)-520-6517
    • Walmart Supercenter – 1515 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232: (210)-491-0291
    • Walmart – 5025 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229: (210)-523-1091
    • Walmart Supercenter – 1430 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209: (210)-637-1700


    Although H-E-B does not have their school supply prices or deals listed online, they have tons of great deals in store, living up to their motto: “Here Everything’s Better!”

    H-E-B Locations
    • Alon Market H-E-B – 8503 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231: (210)-479-4300
    • Grissom and Tezel H-E-B – 9225 FM 471 West San Antonio, TX 78251: (210)-681-5071
    • 1604 and Blanco H-E-B Plus! – 1150 NW Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78248: (210)-408-1641
    • Boerne H-E-B Plus! – 420 West Bandera Rd, Boerne, TX 78006: (830)-816-2394


    This school year Amazon has made back-to-school shopping more convenient than ever before! One of the largest electronic commerce companies in the world has created a feature that allows teachers to go on to the website and post their school supply lists with direct links to buy the products. We have searched the elementary, middle and high schools of the school districts in this area to ensure that there is a list for each school. If your child’s school does not appear on the list then you may want to check the website of that school or school district. The following school lists can be found at .

    NEISD Schools with Supply Lists on Amazon

    Bulverde Creek Elementary School
    Camelot Elementary School
    Canyon Ridge Elementary School
    Castle Hills Elementary School
    Cibolo Green Elementary School
    Clear Spring Elementary School
    Coker Elementary School
    Dellview Elementary School
    East Terrell Hills Elementary School
    El Dorado Elementary School
    Encino Park Elementary School
    Fox Run Elementary School
    Hardy Oak Elementary School
    Harmony Hills Elementary School
    Hidden Forest Elementary School
    Jackson-Keller Elementary School
    Longs Creek Elementary School
    Montgomery Elementary School
    Northern Hills Elementary School
    Northwood Elementary School
    Oak Grove Elementary School
    Oak Meadow Elementary School
    Olmos Elementary School
    Redland Oaks Elementary School
    Regency Place Elementary School
    Ridgeview Elementary School
    Roan Forest Elementary School
    Serna Elementary School
    Stahl Elementary School
    Stone Oak Elementary School
    Tuscany Heights Elementary School
    Vineyard Ranch Elementary School
    Walzem Elementary School
    Wetmore Elementary School
    Wilderness Oak Elementary School
    Wilshire Elementary School
    Windcrest Elementary School
    Woodstone Elementary School
    Bradley Middle School
    Bush Middle School
    Driscoll Middle School
    Eisenhower Middle School
    Garner Middle School
    Harris Middle School
    Hill Middle School
    Jackson Middle School
    Lopez Middle School
    Nimitz Middle School
    Tejeda Middle School
    White Middle School
    Wood Middle School
    Reagan High School
    Roosevelt High School

    Boerne Schools with Supply Lists on Amazon

    Cibolo Creek Elementary School
    Curington Elementary School
    Fabra Elementary School
    Kendall Elementary School
    Boerne Middle School North
    Boerne Middle School South

    Northside Elementary School Supply Lists

    Northside Independent School District (NISD) did not have any of their school lists posted on Amazon. However, if you visit the school district has posted the lists for every elementary school. The site states that students at the NISD middle school and high schools will receive their supply lists from their teacher on the first day of school.


    The Castillo Group understands how important it is that you stay up to date with your children’s school schedule. And we also know that children aren’t always the most reliable source for this information. Below we have included the 2015-2016 academic calendars for the NISD, NEISD, and Boerne School Districts.
    This post brought to you courtesy of The Castillo Group, serving the greater San Antonio area and surrounding Hill Country. Looking to buy or sell you home? Give us a call at 210.410.5556 !

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