30 Back to School Memes Every Parent Will Appreciate

Updated: August 10, 2021
To make you smile and prepare for the back-to-school frenzy, we’ve compiled 30 of the best back-to-school memes guaranteed to make you LOL.
Back to School Memes

It is almost time for our kids to head back to school! And whether you are a parent, a teacher, a parent who is also a teacher, or a kid, we all have feelings about heading back to school.

Never before has a school year been anticipated like the 2021-2022 one. Many parents, myself included, have been spending A LOT of time at home with their kids. The pandemic created a situation during which many children went to school virtually half or, in my case, all year long.

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While we made it through with smiles on our faces and have much love and respect for the fantastic teachers who got our kids through the school year, the first day of school for the upcoming school year is highly anticipated.

To make you smile and prepare for the back-to-school frenzy, we’ve compiled 30 of the best back-to-school memes guaranteed to make you LOL.

First Day of School Memes

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1. This one had me laughing out loud. We love our kids but a year plus of coronavirus coupled with summer vacation means it is time for school to start!

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2. This meme holds true for a lot of us moms (and dads)! Although the first day back is always a little nostalgic regardless of the age.

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3. Obviously, this one is staged, but these parents made one of the most hilarious back-to-school memes with their creativity!

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4. This school meme had me laughing. Kids never come home in the same shape we send them (and honestly, if they had fun playing and learning, they shouldn’t!)

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5. Kindergarten can be scary for some kids. But honestly, doesn’t everyone love no longer being at the bottom of the pecking order?

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6. Some dads can get a little over-protective of their daughters, particularly if they are heading off to high school for the first time. I wonder if this worked? LOL

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7. I know this is how my boys feel about the new year starting soon! I asked my son the other day if he was ready, and his response was, “Wait, what? When?!”

Back to School Meme

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8. This pic is my son for sure! He hates photos and says he will only take them if he doesn’t have to smile. Who else can relate?

Freshman Back to School Meme

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9. I remember how exciting and scary the first day of high school was!

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10. The little guy in the back crying on the floor makes this meme perfect. He definitely was not having a good morning!

Pandemic School Memes

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11. This is definitely how I felt. But, unfortunately, there was no “good” option to make everyone happy.

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12. While there was nothing funny about coronavirus, we all needed some laughter to get us through this difficult time; this is one of those pics that will make most parents smile!

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13. This funny back-to-school meme is one I am sure kids wish they could do!

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14. I know plenty of people and moms who homeschool, and they deserve a lot of respect. Hopefully, now people realize just how hard homeschooling is (and we didn’t even have to create the curriculum ourselves!)

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15. I always tried to avoid the camera when my kids needed help! Usually, I had no makeup on, in sweatpants, and holding a coffee mug! They always seemed to need help before I was dressed for the day.

Back to School Meme

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16. There definitely was some conflicting information that would go out. It was a confusing time for all! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this next year runs more smoothly!

School Shopping Memes

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17. Lists for school supplies can be daunting! Haven’t we all wished Alexa could do it all for us?

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18. As a former teacher, this one speaks true! We love school supplies, especially the Target $1 section!

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19. This is one of those funny pictures that need no caption! Those back-to-school shopping lists are long, but what can we do? This mom made us all commiserate by sharing her pic on social media with a big smile.

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20. For some kids, back-to-school shopping and picking out new clothing is fun; for others, it feels like a jail sentence!

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21. Of course, we need some back-to-school memes for teachers! The struggle is real!

Schoolwork Memes

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22. Yup. This is me every time!

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23. The struggle is real some nights! Of course, it doesn’t help that my kids are in elementary school, and I cannot figure out their math; what will I do when they reach high school?!

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24. This Disney meme is not officially a back-to-school meme, but it is true that once school starts again, we have all the running around of after-school activities and homework that can just be exhausting!

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25. This meme makes me laugh because our kids today really have a lot of pressure on them between schoolwork and activities! No wonder they’re tired!

Back to School Meme

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26. This! Exactly! The frustration is real.

General School Memes

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27. School without naps is no joke! I remember mine coming home and crashing every day the first week of kindergarten.

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28. It is definitely a disruption to your day when that call comes through! And it always seems to happen on your busiest days that the kids get sick.

Back to School Meme

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29. So true! I definitely was not up on fashion or anything “cool” when I was in middle school. I feel old around my kids when they talk about TikTok and WhatsApp!

Back to School Meme

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30. I think this is how all of us feel and sums up back to school perfectly! I know so many kids and teachers who are excited to be back in the building this fall (and, of course, us parents too!)