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. 

English 2019

Freshman Year

Honors English I

Required Books:
 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey (for Leadership class) 
 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)
The Gospel According to Larry – Janet Tashjian              

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:                                           

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Twelve Angry Men – Reginald Rose

Choose 1 of the Following:                           
The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

All We Have Left – Wendy Mills

An Invisible Thread – Laura Schroff

Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman  

ACP American Literature

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

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

CP American Literature

All CP American Literature students must read 2 books. One of those books must be one of the non-fiction choices listed under the REQUIRED section. The other selection must come from the second list, which has been arranged according to genre. All of the books listed are considered “Young Adult” and are written by American authors.

Required Book: Choose ONE                                            
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer  OR  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Choose 1 of the following books listed:                           


And the Ocean was Our Sky               Patrick Ness

Dry                                                                     Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Dread Nation                                               Justina Ireland

A Room Away from the Wolves        Nova Ren Suma

Internment                                                    Samira Ahmed



Monday’s Not Coming                           Tiffany Jackson

Two Can Keep a Secret                         Karen McManus



Children of Blood and Bone               Tomi Adeyemi

Scythe                                                             Neal Shusterman


Realistic Fiction:                    

How She Died, How I Lived                   Mary Crockett

I Have Lost My Way                                  Gayle Forman

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes       Atia Abawi

Darius the Great is Not Okay             Adib Khorram

Watch Us Rise                                             Ellen Hagan & Renee Watson



Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for MLK Jr’s Assassin                   James Swanson

 Americanized: A Rebel without a Green Card                                    Sarah Saedi

Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice                               Bryan Stevenson

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918      Albert Marrin


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:                                                       
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
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 Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis                
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
Choose 1 of the Following:
Things Fall Apart  Chinua Achebe

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Librarian of Auschwitz – Antonio Iturbe

Behold the Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan

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 2019

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 Language & Literature

 AP Spanish

Math 2019

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  

CP Algebra 1

ACP Algebra 1

Honors Algebra 1

CP Geometry

ACP Geometry

Honors Geometry

CP Algebra 2

ACP Algebra 2

Honors Algebra 2

ACP Pre-Calculus

Honors Pre-Calculus

Concepts of Calculus

Honors Applied Calculus

AP Calculus AB/Honors Calculus

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics