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100 Best Back-to-School Instagram Captions and Quotes | First Day of School Captions for Instagram

As much as we all wish summer could last forever, it's that time of the year when school is just around the corner. Whether you're a student, parent, or teacher looking forward to kicking off the school year, I've put together the 100 Best Back-to-School Instagram Captions and Quotes or all your first day of school photos. You might be feeling a combination of excitement and nervousness leading up to the first day of school which is totally normal - I've been there myself! A fun way to make the most of the school year is to celebrate with some back-to-school photos, and these are the perfect first day of school captions and quotes for Instagram to pair them with.

Best Back-to-School Instagram Captions

Make a great first impression with these top back-to-school Instagram captions!

1. Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on the first day of school.

2. Here's to big smiles and even bigger adventures.

3. The first day of school is a fashion show but the rest is a pajama party.

4. Cute school supplies almost make the first day of school worth it.✏️📓📏

5. And so the back-to-school posts begin.

6. Off to make new friends and memories this year.

7. It's all about first impressions.

8. A lot excited and a little anxious.

9. There are really five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall, and back-to-school.

10. First day, first impressions.

Best Back-to-School Instagram Quotes

One great way to caption your first day of school photos is with a back-to-school quote for Instagram.

11. "You can never be overdressed or overeducated." -Oscar Wilde

12. "Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." -Oprah Winfrey

13. "The road to freedom, here and everywhere on earth, begins in the classroom." -Hubert Humphrey

14. "You learn something every day if you pay attention." -Ray LeBlond

15. "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" -Dr. Seuss

16. "The most important day of a person's education is the first day of school, not graduation day." -Harry Wong

17. "Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education." -Martin Luther King Jr.

18. "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin

19. "The highest result of education is tolerance." -Helen Keller

20. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -George Bernard Shaw

Motivational Back-to-School Captions for Instagram

Everyone needs a little motivation once the school year rolls around! Check out my favorite motivational back-to-school captions for Instagram.

21. The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

22. The time to be awesome is now.

23. The first day of school is the start of learning great things.

24. Back to the grind.

25. Education prepares us for the future.

26. Go back to school with the belief that you're unique in this world.

27. Anyone can change the world.

28. Before you can run, you have to learn how to walk.

30. Time to hit the books.📚

Inspiring Back-to-School Quotes for Instagram

Another easy way to help your photos stand out is with an inspirational back-to-school Instagram quote.

31. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt

32. "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." -Aristotle

33. "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo

34. "You don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great." -Zig Ziglar

35. "You're never too old to set another goal or dream another dream." -C.S. Lewis

36. "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world." -Malala Yousafazi

37. "Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment." -Angela Bassett

38. "You're off to great places! Today is your day!" -Dr. Seuss

39. "The best way to predict your future is to create it." -Abraham Lincoln

40. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -Albert Einstein

Cute Back-to-School Instagram Captions

Keep things cute and lighthearted with these 10 adorable back-to-school Instagram captions.

41. Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios.

42. New shirt, new shoes, new attitude.

43. Keepin' it fresh this year.

44. Backpack is on, shoes are tied, it's time to rock.

45. School days? More like school daze.

46. I won't lie, my favorite part of going back to school is all the shopping.🛍️

47. Is this when I'm supposed to figure out what I want to be when I grow up?

48. Walking from class to class counts as exercise, right?

49. I feel like I deserve a whole sheet of gold stars!

50. Ready to get an A in nap time.

Funny Back-to-School Puns and Captions

Let loose and have some laughs with a funny back-to-school pun or caption for Instagram.

51. Most likely to be caught napping in class.

52. Does anyone remember how to study? Asking for a friend.

53. Back to school? I wish it was back to the pool.

54. I love school... minus the whole school part.

55. To-do list: stay awake in class.

56. August is like the Monday of months.

57. Work hard, nap harder.😴

58. Today we begin the countdown to the last day of school.

59. Suffering from a serious case of senioritis.

60. My favorite subject in school is lunch.

Back-to-School Instagram Captions for Friends

One of the best things about going back to school is reuniting with all your friends. These back-to-school Instagram captions are perfect for photos with all your school besties.

61. Back with my besties.

62. New year, same homies.

63. So excited to get back to my buddies!

64. Anything is possible with you by my side.

65. Started freshman year, how'd we end up here?!

66. I can't wait to see my friends again.

67. No matter what happens, at least I have you guys.

68. Unstoppable.

69. My back-to-school crew.

70. Back-to-school buds forever.

End-of-Summer Instagram Captions

Mark the end of summer by pairing your first day of school photos with a sentimental caption for Instagram.

71. RIP summer vacation.

72. In loving memory of summer.

73. Summer's over... time to start remembering what day of the week it is.

74. Saying goodbye to summer vacation in style.

75. Just like that, summer is over.🌅

76. Summer's over but at least I look cute.

77. I can feel summer slipping away.

78. Dreaming of a never-ending summer...

79. It sure was a good summer.

80. Until next time, summer.

Back-to-School Song Lyrics and Movie Quotes for Instagram

There are a lot of awesome songs and movies that talk about going back to school, and these are some of my favorite quotes that you can use as Instagram captions.

81. "This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change." -Taylor Swift

82. "Just keep swimming." -Finding Nemo🐟

83. "Young, dumb, broke high school kids." -Khalid

84. "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." -Inception

85. "These are the days we'll never forget." -Avicii

86. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller's Day Off

87. "You take a deep breath, and you walk through the doors, it's the morning of your very first day." -Taylor Swift

88. "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all." -The Breakfast Club

89. "I got an A in self esteem." -Lizzo

90. "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish everything." -Back to the Future

Short Back-to-School Captions for Instagram

Last up on this guide to the best back-to-school Instagram captions and quotes is a collection of short and sweet caption ideas for your first day of school photos.

91. Cheers to a new year.

92. Saved by the bell.

93. New year, new me.

94. Here for a good time, not a long time.

95. Work smarter, not harder.

96. A new adventure begins.

97. First day of school vibes!

98. Get ready, world!

99. The countdown begins.

100. Let's see how this goes...

Thanks for checking out my list of the top 100 first day of school Instagram captions and quotes! Check out my guide to Senior Picture Poses for Guys and Photographer's Guide to Senior Picture Poses if you need some posing inspiration for your back-to-school photos.



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Jessi is a lifestyle documentary photographer based in southern Alabama, serving the Gulf Coast from Mobile, AL to Pensacola, FL, along with the Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta areas. She specializes in couple, wedding, maternity, newborn, and family photography, and also enjoys commercial and creative portraiture. Available for travel worldwide. Find out more at


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