Summer Reading Guidelines


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