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First Day of School Signs 2020-2021: Free Printables for All Grades (Plus Editable Option)

Choose your favorite First Day of School Signs for your back to school photos. We’ve created these free printables for all of the grades, from the First Day of Preschool, First Day of Kindergarten, and on up through the Twelfth Grade so you can get great pictures of all of the kids!

girl holding first day of preschool sign

We started using these first day of school signs so that it would be easy to see exactly which year and grade the kids were in. The first few years of school, we just took photos of the kids in front of their school or outside of the house. But then, looking back we realized we couldn’t always tell which year it was!

I am the worst procrastinator, and would never think about printing out the signs until the night before, or worse, the very morning of the first day of school! So, I started making the signs for other families to help them with their own photos.

These first day of school signs are up-to-date for the current school year, and we’ll continue to add on new designs here as we create them. So, you can bookmark this page and come back every year for the same design with the new school year, or you can mix it up and use a new first day of school sign for the kids every year.

These first day of school signs are totally free as my gift to you. Keep reading for access to just the signs.

**New Editable First Day of School Signs for 2020-2021**

After getting many requests for editable first day of school signs, I’m so excited that I finally got some created for you!

colorful first day of school signs with editable text

These are based on the colorful rainbow design we made for last year, but we rearranged things a bit to include an editable field.

When you get the PDF, you’ll need to download the file and open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

From there, you can find the grade that you need and fill in the text field with whatever you want.

What’s great about this feature is you can reuse these every year and just edit the year! Or, you can also customize the signs to include your child’s name or the school they’ll be attending.

Use the download button below to download the editable PDF signs for free.

2020-2021 Printable First Day of School Signs

We still have our pre-filled signs with the current year that you can easily download and print without having to input any info.

3 sets of first day of school printable signs for kids

Plus, the current school year is shown right on the sign so that years from now, when you and your kids are looking back on old school photos, you won’t have to try to remember what year the photo was taken.

Colorful First Day of School Signs

We love the bright colors of this sign and all of the options for grades and school milestones (e.g. First Day of High School, Middle School, etc.). Grab the individual pages below.

First Day of School Chalkboard Signs

(Updated for 2020-2021)

We think each new milestone in a child’s life should be celebrated. So, I’m including all of the grades that kids go through as they move up ever year, plus those special milestones such as the First Day of Preschool, the First Day of Kindergarten, the First Day of Middle School, and the First Day of High School.  And, if anybody is also interested in a first day of college sign, please let me know and I’ll add that on as well!

First Day of School “Rocks” Printable Signs

(Updated for 2020-2021)

Is your kid really excited about moving up a grade or starting school? If so, they’ll love these First Day of School signs. This sign is based on the signs I made for last year’s Last Day of School signs. I re-made them to say “Rocks!” instead of “Rocked!” and updated the dates to reflect the new 2018-2019 school year. 

And, again, all grades, plus Kindergarten, Preschool, Middle School, and High School are included.

Black and White First Day of School Signs

Lastly, we have a simple design in plain black and white to save on ink. You could also let the kids color and decorate this sign before your pictures for a more personalized look.


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Hello! I use your printables for my kids first and last day at school every year bc they are the best!! (Thx!)

Do you have these updated for 2021 - 2022 school year? 🤞

Katie H

Monday 6th of September 2021

First, I LOVE the signs! I used the pre-filled ones this year, but I want to make sure I can use them again next year. I want to have the editable file so I have it for upcoming years. It downloads just fine, but when I open in Adobe, it won't let me edit the year. What am I doing wrong? I've double checked that it is opening in Adobe and not the browser.


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Hi - I can't seem to edit the rainbow pdfs to this year 2021-2022 for kindergarten. Any chance you'll be posting this years? Thank you


Friday 13th of August 2021

Are you going to update to the current year? Hopefully! Thanks 😊

Courtney A Robinson

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Do you have this same rainbow sign for the last day of the school year 2020-2021? I only see 2019-2020