Summer Reading

As a college prep school, we know that getting into college is not just about getting the grades; it is about being prepared for the work load. One of the most common comments we receive from alums is that the sheer amount of reading they must do is one of their biggest challenges in college. You will have to read a lot in college — and your professors will hold you accountable for what you read and remember! Part of our college prep mission is to help you develop the skills you will need in college — and the best way to do that is by asking you to read now.

If you have questions regarding summer reading, please ask an English teacher or Mr. Lum.

Summer Reading FAQ

Why do we do this?

Reading is a skill that you will use the rest of your life, particularly when it comes to your future careers. Some of us associate reading only with a school activity, but many people read for enjoyment. We believe that the best way to develop both the skill and love of reading is for students to gain exposure to a variety of books, and hopefully, they will find a genre, author, or character they can relate to and keep reading. As a college prep school, we know that getting into college is not just about getting the grades; it is about being prepared for the work load. One of the most common comments we receive from alums is that the sheer amount of reading they must do is one of their biggest challenges in college. You will have to read a lot in college — and your professors will hold you accountable for what you read and remember! Part of our college prep mission is to help you develop the skills you will need in college — and the best way to do that is by asking you to read now.

How do I choose my books?

Check the links at the top of this webpage for the possible titles for your grade. Honors and AP students will have different reading selections.

AP and Honors English students entering AP or Honors English this year should see the links above to letters from their next year’s English teacher.

Is this graded?

Yes, you will be graded over your summer reading. When you return to school next fall, your English teacher will have you write an assignment related to summer reading that will be worth a grade. Each teacher will have his/her own method for assessing you, although in most cases it will involve an essay or some type of writing assignment that challenges you to go beyond summarizing and meaningfully engage with the book. Relying on SparkNotes or the movie version of a book is simply not an option.

What is the t-shirt bonus?

As part of our efforts to encourage reading, we offer the Summer Reading Challenge. Any student who reads 2,017 pages or ten books will receive a free t-shirt, which was specially designed by Emily Cook, Class of 2017. Your parents must verify that you have read the books by completing the Summer Reading Challenge form, and you can bring that info to the library. Thank you to BC Graphics for supplying the t-shirts! For more details, please stop by the library.

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