Back to School Guide for Greater Richmond

Back to School For some of us, it feels like the summer just started. For others, it feels as though it will never end. But no matter how you’re feeling, it will be time to go back to school in just a matter of weeks. So to help you get ready for back to school and all that it entails, we’ve put together a complete Back to School Guide for Greater Richmond.

Below, you’ll find useful links for everything from local school calendars and supply lists to back-to-school shopping deals and community events.

And of course, our guide wouldn’t be complete without reminding you that from August 3 until August 5, 2018, sales tax will not be charged on qualifying school supplies and clothing, thanks to the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday.  For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation website or see the complete 2018 guidelines here.

To your back-to-school planning underway, scroll through the lists below, or use these handy quicklinks:

School Calendars
School Supply Lists
School Supply Deals
Back-to-School Clothing Sales and Coupons
School Supply Drives
Back-to-School Events

School Calendars

Use the links below to find 2018-19 school calendars. But be sure to check with your local school to confirm additional dates such as orientation nights, back-to-school nights, and other special events.

Chesterfield County

Goochland County

Hanover County

Henrico County

Richmond City


School Supply Lists

The following links provide general school supply lists by grade. However, your child’s classroom may request additional supplies so be sure to check with your child’s teacher at the start of school.

Chesterfield County:
Chesterfield County Public Schools (Elementary and Middle School)

Goochland County:
Goochland County Public Schools (PreK – 8)

Hanover County:
To access school supply lists, click on the link below, then select your elementary or middle school to go directly to their site.

Hanover County Public Schools 

Henrico County:
To access school supply lists, click on one of the links below, then select your elementary or middle school to go directly to their site.

Henrico County Public Schools (Elementary)
Henrico County Public Schools (Middle)

Richmond City:
The following link includes general supplies for early education programs through middle school in Richmond City Public Schools, but your school may require additional supplies. To find school-specific lists, find your school’s website at using the “Our Schools” drop-down menu at the top of your screen.

Richmond Public Schools – General Supply Lists 


School Supply Deals

The following sites offer special deals and specials on school supplies. Many sites provide both in-store and online specials, and in some cases, you can even order online and have your supplies delivered to a local store. Be sure to check the offer details before you order or visit your local store.


Office Depot / OfficeMax



Target School List Assist (includes pre-loaded school lists for your area. All schools may not be available at this time, but will be loaded as they become available.)

Walgreens (includes coupons and weekly deals on school supplies, as well as information about back-to-school immunizations available in-store)


Walmart Supply Lists (includes school supply lists for Richmond area schools, including some private schools)


Back-to-School Clothing Sales and Coupons

Most retailers, both local and online, offer back-to-school specials this time of year, so be sure to check with your favorite shops and sites if they’re not listed here. But, in the meantime, the following retailers will give you a great start on your back-to-school shopping. Most of the sites we have listed offer both in-store and online specials and some also provide school uniform options.

American Eagle (find back-to-school deals for a wide variety of retailers)

Gap & Gap Kids 





Old Navy 

Regency Square Mall 

Short Pump Town Center 

Stony Point Fashion Park




School Supply Drives

As you shop for school supplies in the coming weeks, consider picking up some extra items for those in need. Not only will you have the chance to ensure that all children in the Richmond area head back to school with the supplies they need, but your children can participate and discover the joy of giving for themselves. The following organizations will be accepting school supplies from now until the dates indicated below.

Now – August 10, 2018: Vessels of Mercy School Supply Drive

Now – Mid-August: Thrive Church School Supply Drive 
*Read the comments on their Facebook event page for details on lists, delivery, and more.

Now – August: Family LifeLine Back-to-School Bins

Now – September: Car Pool Car Washes and NBC12 “Support our School and Save!”
*Donate school supplies and receive a free car wash.

August 3-24: Bon Secours’ Prep for Success School Supply Drives
*All supplies will be distributed at the Prep for Success Block Party on August 25, 2018.

August 15: Ultimate Backpack Supply Drive 

Ongoing Programs:

Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade
*Operation Homefront will be holding a backpack/supply distribution event at Fort Lee, VA on August 9, 2018. Registration is required.

St. Joseph’s Villa
Click here for school supply lists.

YMCA of Greater Richmond Bright Beginnings Program
Includes monetary and/or physical donations.


Back-to-School Events 

From community gatherings to school supply giveaways, there are plenty of ways to celebrate going back to school in Richmond. Please note that some of the events listed below correspond with the school supply drives mentioned above.

August 3, 2018: CMoR’s Back-to-School Bash at Short Pump Town Center 

August 4, 2018: 10th Annual Citywide Back-to-School Rally

August 4, 2018: Back-to-School Expo at Regency Square Mall 

August 9, 2018: Operation Homefront Supply Distribution at Fort Lee (military only)

August 11, 2018: Back-to-School Celebration at Mechanicsville Library 

August 15, 2018: Ultimate Backpack Supply Drive at The Veil Brewing Co.   

August 18, 2018: EYPC Mentoring Group’s Back-to-School Bash

August 19, 2018: Thrive Church Free School Supply Giveaway 2018

August 25, 2018: Divas of Richmond Back-to-School Event 

August 25, 2018: Prep For Success Block Party

If you know of any back-to-school specials, events, or community resources that we haven’t mentioned here, please let us know! We will do our best to keep this list updated, so drop us a line at anytime!