How to Buy

School Specialty works hard every day to deliver the Best Total Value to our customers. The value includes great pricing on our education products and solutions plus a variety of purchasing options to meet your school’s requirements. We accept all major credit cards and checks as well as purchase orders from all qualified institutions. We are also on several national and regional purchasing contracts that you may be able to utilize.

Upgraded Online Ordering. Simple. Secure. Easy-to-Use.

We've upgraded our website to make it even simpler and more secure, providing an easy way for your organization to quickly shop over 85,000 items. This site is designed for schools and includes:

  • Full workflow support - Including the ability to set requisition and approver rules by site or district
  • Browsable digital catalogs - letting you flip through pages and easily add to an order or requisition.
  • Automatic Custom Pricing - matching up automatically with any discounts or contracts.
  • Simplified order tracking - tracking and viewing all orders within one system.
  • Customizable Lists and Carts - helping you to create standards and recommendations for your staff
  • Convenient, proactive status updates - Optional automatic email notifications let you know when an order has been received and accepted, when an order/requisition needs your approval, and when an order has shipped.
  • Help when you need it - Our support programs feature a dedicated support team to assist with any ordering questions.
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  1. Click here to Login/Register
  2. If you're a new user, choose REGISTER AS A USER OF AN ORGANIZATION (You can search by school name - be sure to include the school's city, state and zip code - or enter your account number).

If you're interested in learning about our integration options please contact us.

Blanket Contracts:

School Specialty holds a variety of blanket contracts and co-op agreements throughout the US.  These agreements let schools purchase at negotiated rates. 


TCPN (School Supplies / Furniture  R4930):
The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) makes cooperative purchasing as simple as possible. Their competitive bid process ensures all awards are based on quality, proven performance and price.

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AEPA (School Supplies Bid011 / Furniture Bid010): 
The mission of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) is to continuously explore and solve current and future purchasing opportunities for their members. Through their 23-state member network, they provide contracts that are cost-effective, exceeding member expectations.

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NJPA (Furniture 052910SSI):
The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a Municipal Contracting agency serving all education, government, and non-profit agencies by offering contract purchasing opportunities. Providing access to competitively solicited contracts that leverage national volume pricing, NJPA will save considerable time and money for its members.

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USA Map State Contracts (Multiple): 
In addition, School Specialty is on a variety of state contracts across the US. Contact us today to verify your eligibility for one of these state contracts.

Purchase Orders:

School Specialty honors purchase orders from any qualified institution.  Contact us to verify if your school is set up for purchase orders.

Credit Cards:

We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and Checks
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Checks

New Bid or RFP?

Contact our bid department toll-free by calling 800-554-7632 or by email at
We also support bids through any of these partners:
eSchoolMall, Onvia, BidNet 

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