Back-to-School Guide 2022: Middle and High School

Back-to-School Guide 2022: Middle and High School 1

I don't know about you, but I love parenting in the teenage years (and I'm saying that without a hint of sarcasm). Truly, my husband and I have found that the teenage years are incredibly rich and wonderful. We love the deep conversations we can have with our daughters and there is a genuine enjoyment for all of us in being together.

If you are fortunate to have middle and high schoolers in your house also, we've put together a list of the best clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, and school supplies for the 2022 back-to-school season.


Barnes & Noble

Whether you're looking for adorable book-themed tote bags, elegant stationery sets, or crisp hardcovers to line your bookshelves, you're bound to find so much for back-to-school at Barnes & Noble! B&N also offers free curbside pick-up!


Carter's/OshKosh B'gosh

When your teen is in the early years of adolescence (ages: 13, 14, 15), one tendency is to skip right ahead into women's brands - discounting children's brands as being too "young." In reality, however, many children's brands offer sizing up to 14 (or larger) in amazing, on-trend styles at way better prices than women's brands. Plus, your teen will enjoy the added bonus of having clothes that no one else is wearing!


Reebok's classic sneakers are perfect for school! They are comfortable, stylish, and completely in line with current trends - while also being simple and classic enough to effortlessly pair with almost any outfit.


Created by a sister team of entrepreneurs, Renwick is a lifestyle athletic brand with a sense of timelessness. Teens will love the stretchy, stylish simplicity of the brand's polos. Moms will love how they hold their shape and softness wash after wash!


If you think of Skechers as just one particular kind of shoe, take a second look! Skechers offers sandals, sneakers, slip-ons, ballerina shoes, winter shoes, and running shoes for the entire family!


Hydro Flask

As far as brand recognition goes, Hydro Flask is king in the water bottle world. These sweat-free, super sturdy, and ultra-stylish water bottles are available in gorgeous colors and will keep water icy cold for HOURS. Ideal for school and sports, Hydro Flask water bottles are a solid choice for the new school year.

Pottery Barn Teen

We have four kids (ranging in age from 5 to almost 16) so we've been shopping for backpacks for over a decade. Pottery Barn usually rises to the top of our kids' wish lists due to the always on-trend patterns. They release new designs each year and they always manage to be in the most coveted colors and themes.


College Prep Genius

If you have a high schooler and are searching for a standardized test prep course, College Prep Genius offers award-winning, highly-rated, affordable, and flexible options. Because 85% of colleges and universities give admittance and scholarships based on a test score alone, it's smart to invest time and energy into preparing for the SAT, ACT, and CLT. In fact, we wish we had started much sooner! The summer before sophomore year would have been ideal (at the very latest). We chose College Prep Genius because it is a program backed by many top-notch homeschool organizations (some of the same instructors who teach at College Prep Genius also teach at HSLDA!). Plus, College Prep Genius is the official test prep company for CLT, which is a test we far prefer over the SAT. College Prep Genius offers Virtual Boot Camps, eCourses, and In Person Boot Camps.

Texas Instruments

When someone in our house needs a new calculator, we immediately turn to Texas Instruments. TI has an extensive track record for making functional calculators - and lately they make them beautiful too! The Infinitely Iris TI-84 Plus CE Python is almost pretty enough to be an outfit accessory!

What are your favorite products for back-to-school 2022?

Where will you be purchasing clothes, shoes, and gear for your middle and high school students?


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