Summer Reading

Below is the Summer Reading List/Assignments for 2018.


Algebra 1 CP

Algebra 1 CP-A

Algebra 1 Honors

Algebra 2 Honors

Advanced Algebra 2

Geometry CP

Geometry CP-A

Geometry Honors

Pre-Calculus CP-A

Pre-Calculus Honors

English, History / Social Studies, Theology

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler ISBN 9780060838669 (Note: Students from all grade levels are required to read this book.)

AP English (Course #241)

Black Boy by Richard Wright

AP Psychology(Course #390)

Phantoms in Brain by Ramachandran

AP U.S. History (Course #341)

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

AP World History (Course #340)

Art of War by Sun Tzu

AP European History (Course #342)

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder


Biology (Course #621, 622)

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Earth Science (Course #629)

Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

Chemistry (Course #631, 632 or 633)

Course 631

Course 632

Course 633

Physics (Course #641 or 642) CHOOSE ONE OF FOUR

Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

The Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller

What If? By Randall Munroe

AP Biology (Course #644)

Hot Zone by Richard Preston

AP Physics (Course # 640)

Course 640 Summer Assignment

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