Summer Reading & Enrichment Programs


The objective of summer reading is to provide students with meaningful, relevant selections that will help foster their critical reading and analytical skills hopefully sparking a new curiosity and appreciation for literature, as well as the wondrous world around them.

We provide a variety of assessments, including projects, writing assignments, and objective tests. English teachers will provide specific instructions and dates within the first two weeks of school.   The assessments enable our students to demonstrate their comprehension of the books they read, as well as their ability to analyze and connect with the literature. 

Use the links below for grade level reading assignments or click HERE for a printable PDF

English 2018

Freshman Year

Honors English I

Required Books:
 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey (for Leadership class) 
Shakespeare: His Work and His World – Michael Rosen
 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Choose 1 of the Following:     
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan     

Accelerated College Prep English I

Required Books:    
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey (for Leadership class)
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury               

Choose 1 of the Following: 
Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys
Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand – Eric LeGrand, Mike Yorkey        

College Prep English I

Required Books:  
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey (for Leadership class)
The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Sophomore Year

Honors American Literature

Required Books:                                           
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

Choose 1 of the Following:                           
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
Into the Wild – John Krakauer
An Invisible Thread – Laura Schroff

ACP American Literature

Required Books:                                           
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Choose 1 of the Following:                           
Bad – Jean Ferris
Gym Candy – Carl Deuker

CP American Literature

Required Book:                                             
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

Choose 1 of the Following:                           
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

Junior Year

All juniors are required to read the following book for their Religion class:
Left to Tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust – Immaculee Ilibagiza

Honors British Literature

Required Books:                                                       
Victory – Joseph Conrad
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

ACP British Literature

Required Books:                                                       
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
1984 – George Orwell

CP British Literature

Required Book:                                                         
Crooked House  - Agatha Christie

Choose 1 of the Following:                                       
The Jungle Books (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) – Rudyard Kipling                  
Storm Breaker - Anthony Horowitz

Honors Theater Arts

Required Book:
Drama High - Michael Sokolove

Senior Year

AP English                                        

Required Books:                              
A Passage to India – E. M. Forster                                        
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift  
The Tempest  William Shakespeare                  

Honors World Literature                

Required Books:                              
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Things Fall Apart  Chinua Achebe

Literature/Media Studies                 

Required Books:                              
In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing – Lee Woodruff
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

Detective Fiction       

Required Books:      
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
The Murder of Roger AckroydA Hercule Poirot Mystery – Agatha Christie
The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett

Honors Theater Arts

Required Book:
Drama High - Michael Sokolove

Spanish 2018

For Freshmen, Transfers and Level-Up Students

If you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student registered for one of the courses below, or a current student leveling-up to take one of the courses listed below, please use the links to download the Summer Assignment Packet for that course. These assignments are required to help us ensure you have been placed in the correct level Spanish course. Detailed instructions and due dates are included in the packet.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are taking ACP Spanish 1 there is NO SUMMER PACKET REQUIRED. If you have any specific questions, please contact Mrs. Piroso at:

Intermediate Spanish 1

ACP Spanish 2

ACP 3 (for students going into ACP 3 from ACP 2 who had a B- or lower)

Honors Spanish 2

Honors Spanish 3

Honors Spanish 4

 AP Spanish

Math 2018

Please use the links below to download the summer math assignment that corresponds with the course you are taking next year.

 *PLEASE NOTE- All students taking a math course are required to complete the Basic Skills packet.*

Students taking one of the classes below must complete the assignment for their specific class and will be tested on the material during the first quarter. Teachers will not be collecting packets, however students will be tested on the concepts in the packets. 

Basic Skills  

ACP Algebra 1

Honors Algebra 1

ACP Pre-Calculus

Honors Pre-Calculus

CP Algebra 2

ACP Algebra 2

Honors Algebra 2

ACP Geometry

Honors Geometry

Concepts of Calculus

AP Calculus AB/Honors Calculus

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

RBC Summer Enrichment Program 2018



Take a look at the offerings for 2018 below.  Choose one or more!

You can register ONLINE or download printable PDF registration form.

*Please note, if you are selecting more than one program, please be sure the dates and/or times are not in conflict.

Academic Development Program

(35.75 hours) $475

July 2, 3 & 5, 9-12, 16-19  8:30am-11:45am

This course is open to incoming freshmen who wish to review their organizational, writing, and math skills. It will help provide a smooth transition to high school academics for students who seek to improve their performance in these areas. Questions about this course should be directed to our learning consultant, Mrs. MaryEllin Sweeney, in our Guidance Department.

Capstone social sciences research writing workshop

(12 hours) $75

July 9-12 & July 16-19  8:30am - 12:15pm

This is a two-week seminar that will introduce students to social scientific research methodology and research writing. The seminar serves as an introduction to research ethics, types of social science research, and the use of academic databases and university library facilities. It will also explore the process of writing, editing, and presenting a college-level research paper or project in the humanities and social sciences. The workshop is a prerequisite for the Psychology and History capstone projects, and is open to students who will be juniors and seniors enrolled in Honors and AP level History and Psychology course offerings for the 2018-19 school year.

dance intensive

(10 hours) $150

July 2, 3, 5 & 6  8:15am-10:15am 

This course serves as an introduction to the RBC Dance Program. Previous dance experience is not required to take Dance Intensive.  Students involved in the Intensive will study a basic overview of ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop. This class is held in our Cultural Center located at 51 Monmouth Street. If you have any questions about the dance program please email Mrs. Bascom at

freshen up your writing

(10 hours) $150

July 9 - 12  8:30am-11:30am

Do you feel that you are a good writer but could be better? Are you still hoping for that A on an essay? Does a writing assignment leave you sweating bullets and staring at the cursor on your screen? Have you ever felt confused about thesis statements? Could you use a grammar refresher to help boost your writing grades? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then this is the course for you. You will polish your skills and transform your writing from good to great. You will tap into your creativity to brainstorm ideas and organize your thoughts. You will learn how to craft a strong thesis statement, topic sentence, and supporting details. You will freshen your basic writing and grammar skills-and have some fun along the way!

College essay writing

*For rising seniors* (10 hours) $150

Session 1: July 16 - 19 8:30am-11:00am  
Session 2: August 6 - 9  8:30am-11:00am

What does it take to be accepted into a renowned college? One component is the college essay. This class will help you define that poignant moment to write about so that yours will be the memorable application. Get ahead of the game by doing some of your college prep work over the summer. This class will focus on various college essay topics and help you comprise polished, perfect essays.

mixed media art experience

(16 hours) $240 - Includes materials

July 2, 3, 5 & 6, 9 -12  8:15am - 10:15am

This course will employ several media such as acrylic paint, colored pencil, pastel and ink.  Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and monoprinting will all be explored. No experience is necessary- just an open mind and a willingness to experiment. This class is held in our Cultural Center at 51 Monmouth Street.

ceramic special project

(16 hours) $240 - Includes materials

June 25-29, July 2, 3 & 5    8:15am - 10:15am

Under glaze Transfer Prints on Clay – learn a new technique that uses under glazes to draw onto clay. The process is equivalent to making a monoprint in traditional printmaking but, instead of drawing on a metal plate and transferring the image to paper, you will be drawing on newspaper, then transferring to clay. As with all monoprints, keep in mind that the image you create will be reversed. 

PreCalculus (2.5 credits graded)

(44 hours) $475

June 25 - 29, July 2, 3 & 5,  9 - 12, & 16 - 19   8:00am-10:45am

This course is a mandatory 4 week program for students to enroll in AP Calculus directly from Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry. The course will cover the Pre-Calculus topics necessary for success in AP Calculus. Students MUST have earned a “B” average in the Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry course, been approved by their counselor, and have been prescheduled for the Summer Pre-Calculus course prior to registration. Students MUST attend all 4 weeks. A minimum grade of “A-“is required to qualify for the AP Calculus course.

**Credit will be noted on student’s transcript for successful course completion/attendance.**
**Credit is not used in GPA calculation.**

Summer Algebra Intensive

(11.25 hours) $225

June 25 - 29  8:00am-10:15am 

This one week course is highly recommended for students entering Geometry or Algebra II to reinforce Algebra I skills. Topics include linear functions, polynomials, factoring polynomials, inequalities, absolute value functions, simplifying exponents and radicals. 

Red Bank Catholic High School
2018 Summer STEM CAMP

Spend some time this summer having a blast while learning about the Engineering Design Process! Over the course of eight days, you will be introduced to six types of simple machines and mechanical advantage through fun hands-on activities.


Then have more fun working with other students to design and build a Rube Goldberg Machine that will test your knowledge, ingenuity and critical thinking skills. A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is acontraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task in the most complicated and crazy way. While you are creating your “solutions” to everyday tasks, you will also be coordinating elements of science, technology, engineering, math with some art and design too!

For students entering 7th and 8th grades

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
the weeks of July 9th - 12th and July 16th - 19th 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Red Bank Catholic Engineering Lab
$50 per student (for two weeks)
Taught by the RBC Engineering faculty

Space is limited to 20 students so register now!