Summer Assignments

Compelling research, as presented in works such as Kelly Gallagher's Readicide and Daniel Pink's Drive, emphasizes the imperative of autonomy, choice, and relevancy in shaping life-long learners. Inspired by these findings, the English Department has spent more than three years redesigning curriculum to better mold critical thinkers while fostering a love for reading. Our classes continue to focus on the traditional canon, but all grade levels have endeavored to balance those studies with texts that are more contemporary and to offer choice whenever possible. Our summer reading list selections were carefully chosen because they are engaging reads that will resonate with students. We encourage you to peruse this list and make some choices of your own. Happy Reading!

6th Grade Summer Reading List

7th Grade Summer Reading List

8th Grade Summer Reading List

9th Grade Summer Reading List

10th Grade Summer Reading List

11th Grade Summer Reading List

11th Grade AP Summer Reading List

12th Grade Summer Reading List

12th Grade AP Summer Reading List

NEW STUDENTS - If you have not already chosen an ASPIRE book, please read through the following document to see details, book lists and sign-up links for both Middle School and Upper School. If you have any questions, please contact Noël Monea at

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses for the upcoming school year may be required to complete a summer assignment. These assignments serve the dual purposes of both reviewing relevant material learned last year and previewing material for the AP course. It is essential that all students complete each assignment, and do so in a thorough and timely manner. The assignment may constitute part of an early assessment for the course. All AP summer assignments are posted below. 

AP Studio Art 2-D Portfolio Assignment

AP Studio Art 3-D Portfolio Assignment
AP Music Theory Assignment 

AP Biology Assignment

AP Calculus (AB and BC)
AP Statistics 
AP Chemistry Assignment

AP Environmental Science Assignment

AP French Assignment

AP Spanish Language Assignment

AP US History Assignment
AP World History Assignment
AP Latin Assignment