Summer Assignments

All Students must complete a Summer Reading Assignment, which will be due on the first day of classes in the fall. Assignments for each grade can be found below.

For additional reading suggestions for students, see our recommended reading list.

Lower School

Lower School students must read all of the books listed for their respective grade before the first day of school. Much of the first few days of classes will be devoted to group discussions, presentations, in-class writing assignments, and games based on the summer reading books. No book reports or essays need to be written before school begins, although the student may be asked to answer a few guiding questions on each book. It is very fruitful for parents to read the books with their sons (aloud together or separately).

  1. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  2. American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg

  1. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  2. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

  1. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Middle School

All Middle School students will read the two books assigned their grade, one for literature and one for history. Students will also complete writing assignments as determined by their teachers. These writing assignments will be sent to parents over the course of the summer.

In addition to demonstrated knowledge of the story, students will be graded on proper spelling, punctuation, logic, and style according to their respective grade levels. The essays will count towards the first quarter English and History grades. If possible, teachers appreciate typed essays (12-pt font, double-spaced), although this is not required.

All essays should be submitted to faculty on the first day of school.

Required for History Class:

  • Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit

Required for Literature Class:

  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Required for History Class:

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Required for Literature Class:

  • King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Required for History Class:

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 

Required for Literature Class:

  • The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge

In addition, rising 8th graders must memorize the poem The Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden before the first day of school.