Summer Reading

Educators and parents alike have long lamented how much students forget over summer break. Studies show that prolonged detachment from academic endeavors sets a young mind back significantly. Unfortunately, teachers must spend a considerable amount of time at the beginning of each year getting rid of the academic rust students accumulate over the summer.

A summer assignment attempts to remedy this situation. Not only does a summer assignment keep students thinking during their time away from the classroom, but it also provides their classes a springboard for the beginning of the year. When classes resume, teachers may use the first week or so to discuss the ideas and concepts students contemplated over the summer. These discussions are a great way to start the school year in history and literature. Additionally, summer assignments give students a chance to engage in independent thinking and learning, which is an incredibly valuable opportunity. Finally, schools such as ours commonly assign work over the summer, because we take our responsibility to our students and their long-term academic and moral development seriously. A summer assignment allows our students to learn at a faster pace and higher level once we return to the classroom.

Summer assignments do not intend to burden students during a time best spent with friends and family. Rather, the assignments attempt to enhance summer break, by showing students how to spend their time wisely. Indeed, many of us are guilty of squandering precious leisure time by sleeping in too late, watching television, and playing video games. Hopefully, models such as Bilbo Baggins and Benjamin Franklin inspire our students to employ their summers learning rewarding skills, practicing virtuous habits, and going on grand adventures.

Below you will find the summer reading assignments for upper school students. Please find the grade your student is entering in the 2021-2022 school year and use the link to access the assignment.  

7th Grade English Summer Assignment  – 7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

8th Grade English Summer Assignment – 8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

9th Grade English Summer Assignment – 9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

10th Grade English Summer Assignment – 10th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

11th Grade Summer Reading Assignment – 11th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

12th Grade Summer Reading Assignment – 12th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2021-2022

*If you have immediate questions, please email

Summer reading is not simply a suggestion to keep kids busy. The benefits of summer reading are well documented. They include maintaining literacy skills and preventing “summer slide” or learning loss. Students who engage in summer reading make gains in reading proficiency, increase their vocabulary, and learn to make reading for pleasure a life-long habit.

Our goal for K-6 summer reading is participation and completion, not detailed literary analysis, so keep it fun, enjoy the story, savor the literary experience. Allow students to choose additional, appropriate titles.  Read with your student, or as a family.  Journey together to other worlds and time travel to places long ago and far away.

Required readings will be discussed as a class in the fall.

Suggested books for incoming, or “rising,” K – 2nd graders are linked below, as are one or two required readings for 3rd – 6th graders.  If you have any questions, email


Kindergarten Suggested Reading

1st Grade Suggested Reading

2nd Grade Suggested Reading

3rd Grade Summer Reading Assignment

4th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

5th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

6th Grade Summer Reading Assignment


The school does not supply these reading books/resources.  ISBN numbers and links are provided to obtain them at reasonable prices in a reasonable amount of time.   If these materials will place too much of a financial burden on your family, please contact the office at