Summer Assignments

This page will be updated for summer 2019 by June 1. Check back soon!

I find television very educational; whenever somebody turns the TV on, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

English Class Assignments (9-12)

Why do we read over the summer? First, we want you to continue your engagement with the Great Conversation (truth, beauty, goodness). If it’s “great,” then why would you take the summer off from it? Second, our Upper School selections begin a thread of that conversation that will continue throughout the year. It’s advantageous to have a head start on that thread – there’s nothing worse than blank stares during the first few weeks as you gain traction. Summer reading helps insure that momentum is already a reality.

Upper School students must purchase the version listed below in order to earn points for summer reading (be prepared to bring it to class). There are no summer writing assignments that correlate to these texts (with the exception of AP Literature and Composition). Instead, students will be held accountable for the summer reading via either an essay or a test during the first few weeks of school, so be sure to finish the book by the first day of classes.

Grade 9 English: Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (ISBN: 978-0547928227)

Grade 10 English: Read C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce (ISBN: 0060652950). Follow these instructions.

Grade 11 English

  • Honors Enlightenment and American Literature: Read Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (ISBN: 0486284999)
  • AP English Language and Composition: Read Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (ISBN: 0486284999) and William Zinsser’s On Writing Well (ISBN: 9780060891541). There is an optional reading guide related to an assessment at the beginning of the school year.

Grade 12 English 

  • Honors Senior English: Read George Orwell’s 1984 (ISBN: 0451524934)
  • AP English Literature and Composition: Read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. (ISBN: 0486424499) and follow these Cue Card instructions.

For questions about English assignments, please contact English Department Chair Mr. Norris (

Optional Reading (K-8)

Lower School and Early Middle School students are encouraged to participate in the optional Summer Reading Program in the Ida Lairson and C.E. "Ted" Kindel Libraries in the Main Building at Redmond Campus.

Middle School: Summer reading is not required. Choose some books that interest you in order to keep your reading comprehension skills sharp! Here are some suggestions:

  • Grade 7: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Grade 8: Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

Math Class Review and Assignments (7-12)

Students entering grades 7-12 have suggested math review or a required assignment (for those taking an AP class). For questions about math review and/or assignments, please contact Math Department Chair Mrs. Graham (

Math Practice (5-6)

Students in grades 5-6 stepping up from Saxon Math 7/6 to Pre-Algebra may complete these optional practice pages to keep their math skills sharp over the summer.

History Class Assignments (9-12)

AP United States History: Complete this summer assignment.

For questions about history assignments, please contact History Department Chair Mr. Sorensen (

Science Class Assignments (9-12)

AP Biology: Check out a copy of your textbook, Campbell's Biology, from Mrs. Dunn ( Read and study chapters 1-4; complete the summer assignment.

AP Chemistry: Check out a copy of your textbook from Ms. Bell ( Complete the summer assignment.

AP Physics 1: Complete the summer assignment.

Suggested Reading (9-12)

If you are looking for book recommendations to boost your relationships or nurture your faith, check out this book list from school counselor Mrs. Slaybaugh:

  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 
  • Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
  • The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain
  • Restless by Jennie Allen
  • Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons
  • Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller