Things might look a bit different with back to school this year. For those teachers who will be physically teaching in the classroom, giving a warm welcome to students is more important than ever! Decorating classroom doors is one way to do that. Whether you’re using a theme or decorating with student names in calligraphy, there are so many ways to make it personal. Check out our favorite classroom doors below for inspiration!
Note: Some schools and districts can’t decorate doors due to fire marshal code. If that’s the case, check out these great bulletin boards!
1. You Are …
Inspiration and motivation as we head into the unknown of this school year.
2. Meme of the Week
Because it’s important to stay relevant!
3. Inspiring Black Youth
What a beautiful door for back to school!
4. I Am Enough
Based on the New York Times bestseller by the same name!
5. Don’t Just Grow, Bloom
We love the message of this door! For Spring and always.
6. Write It Out
What a wonderful way to display your students’ names! The design is simple and perfect.
7. 3-D and Crayons?!
We’re so in love with this door, which features 3-D crayons that are coloring the door itself. What a clever design.
8. Everyone Is Incredible
Being incredible is a great theme in general, and with the recent release of the second movie, your students will actually understand the reference!
9. Celebrate Math
We love it when teachers are proud of their subject and display it proudly.
10. Ready to Fly
What a great, positive message for students. Help them fly this year!
11. The World Needs You
This is ready for a door, and it’s also dog approved.
12. Positive Energy
These are good reminders to give kids every single day.
13. Beautiful Butterflies
This really takes a standard classroom door to the next level. Those 3-D butterflies really make it gorgeous.
14. Promote Sustainability
The best part is the way this teacher reused old newspaper to transform the door. Very cool!
15. Throwback to the ’80s
These are not on doors, but they definitely could be. Look at that Donkey Kong!
16. Bilingual Message
It’s a positive message and a wonderful way to display your incoming students’ names. You can put up any message that you want!
17. Stick Together
Cacti are everywhere these days, and this door doesn’t disappoint!
18. Very Hungry Caterpillar
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19. Celebrate Sports
For all you sporty teachers out there, this is perfect for you.
20. Learning and Growing
It’s such a colorful design, and we love the rule incorporated, too.
21. Love for Pete
He will always be a favorite! This design really works well because it’s big, bright, and friendly.
22. Hello, My Name Is …
So simple, yet so smart.
23. Llama Fan
You have to recognize a good llama pun. This one is great!
24. Arrgh You Ready?
You can change out the pirate’s clothing throughout the year, or even make it seasonal!
25. Chalk It Up
Why yes, that is a chalkboard door, and the message can change daily if you want.
26. Art Inspiration
You don’t have to teach art to have this door. It’s so simple, yet so genius.
27. Math + Kindness = Great Door
It’s a clever spin on kindness.
28. Spread Even More Kindness
This one gets the students involved, too!
29. Let the Games Begin
With a door like that, it is going to be an amazing year.
30. Spread Your Wings
This would be a great spot for those first-day pictures.
31. Be a Pineapple
This is a good message to send.
32. Take the First Step
One of the most beautiful classroom doors we’ve ever seen.
33. Growing is Learning
Source: Michelle Dupois Education
Super cute and includes student names!
34. Who Doesn’t Love a Minion?
We love the idea of turning your door into a minion! And you can switch out “Be Ambitious” for the value that you want students to develop this year, e.g., “Be Respectful,” “Be Diligent,” or “Be a Reader.”
35. We’re on the Road to Success!
Personalize this door by adding signs along the road with important school-year moments, such as the fall book fair, field trips, and other special days.
36. S’more Learning
With Styrofoam peanut “marshmallows,” this is a tactile way to welcome students to class.
37. Hopping Back to School
Nothing more than strategically cut butcher paper; all this jolly door needs is a lily pad painted on the floor.
38. Welcome to the Nest
Personalize this cozy door by having students decorate their own bird, write their name, and add one fact that makes them unique.
39. 3, 2, 1 …
Blast off! This door invites students into a world of new learning.
40. Back-to-School Supplies
Source: Mrs. Jessica
Everyone loves a crisp new crayon, and this door portrays all your students as vibrant colors in a Crayola pack.
41. Give ‘Em Something to “Taco” About
Source: Learn Spanish
Grab some tan paper circles, red and green string, and the right border, and this tasty welcome is ready to go.
42. Just Popped by to Say Hello
Your students will love to see what’s poppin’ up in your grade! Trim yellow sticky notes to make the kernel shapes!
43. Up, up and Away
Source: Idea Stand
This Up-themed door will spark students’ imagination about all the places you’ll visit in books and lessons this year.
44. Welcome the New Bunch
Apples are a back-to-school classic, and this door is a bushel of fun.
45. We Love Reading!
Source: Glitter and Glue
Pick your favorite quote about reading and go. You can never go wrong with with book classroom doors!
46. Everything’s Coming up Roses
Source: My Classroom Ideas
Students will remember this bright, cheerful door long after the first day of school.
47. Autumn Back-to-School Theme
Source: Mrs. Hutchinson
This fall theme will keep your door fresh through October.
48. Knock, Knock
Source: Mrs. Blankenburg
Letter cutouts and fruit are all you need to start the year with a classic punch line.
49. Inspired by Eric Carle
Welcome students back to school with a nod to this favorite children’s book author.
50. Stick Together
It’s a great way to build community right away.
51. A told B …
Source: Rainbows Within Reach
Chicka chicka boom boom, welcome to your new room. Students will love this take on the read-aloud favorite.
52. A Sweet Start
It’s obvious that fifth grade is going to be sweet, with a cherry on top!
53. Aim High
Have students trace their arms on colored paper and fill your door with student goals for the school year. Save these goals for reflection in June.
54. Look Whooo’s Here
Simply put, this door is a hoot!
55. Home, Sweet Classroom
Super sweet and reminds us of home!
56. In a Snap
We love Instagram-inspired classroom doors! Fill it with summer photos or clips from experiences that students can expect in your class (the covers of novels you’ll read, photos of the field trip to the zoo, students reading outside in the spring … ).
57. A Buzzy Welcome
Students will be buzzing about your class from the first day of school!
58. Bold and Beautiful
A pack of bold-colored paper against black butcher paper makes this door stand out.
59. What a Treat
This Popsicle-themed, glitter-covered door is the perfect sweet start to the year.
60. Into the Deep
Dive into the deep with this ocean-themed door.
61. Under the Sea
This is a doorway your students will never forget! And we want to see how it will be decorated for Shark Week.
62. Find the Power
Source: Ms. Stewart
Pick your favorite superhero to do a door like this. We’re sure your students would like any hero you choose.
63. Inspiring the Future
Source: Lessons with Laughter
The message of this door is so sweet and so true. You could even change out the descriptions throughout the year.
64. When Sharpness Counts
When it comes to classroom doors, you can never ever go wrong with pencils.
65. Inspiration from Butterflies
You could even name each butterfly after a student!
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Plus, check out some of our favorite back-to-school bulletin boards.