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2022 Summer Reading & Assignments: Upper School

Getting Started

To use this guide, begin by selecting a department from the tabbed menu at the top of the box below.  Be sure to view each department from which you are taking a class in order to view your summer reading and assignments for each subject area.

US Summer Assignments by Subject

English I - Justice, Power & Revenge - Freshmen

 Read All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely and complete the linked assignment.

Assignment Link:






English II - The Ties that Bind - Sophomores

Read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi and complete the linked assignment

Assignment Link:

Note: Before beginning an assignment please make sure you are in that class.


1. Write Like A WriterAssignment

2. Around the World in 40 ClassesAssignment

3. Cli-FLI: Literature and the Environment: Assignment




Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Read a memoir, your choice, written by an American who was not born in this country and complete the linked assignment

Assignment Link:

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Read An Image of Africa, by Chinua Achebe; Things Fall Apart (Part 3), by Chinua Achebe; and Swing Time, by Zadie Smith; and complete the linked assignment

Assignment Link:



AP Spanish does not have a summer assignment.

AP French

             Le racisme explique a ma fille (Tahar Ben Jelloun)

AP Latin

               See PDF for Guiding Questions below


Advanced Global Seminar: Divided Cities and Nations

Readings and Assignment

Advanced US History

             Reading Assignment




Advanced Placement Calculus

AP Calculus students have NO summer assignment this year. 

Advanced Placement Biology

Review and Complete the assignment linked below:

Assignment link:

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Review the assignment linked below, then

  1. Review Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the text: Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by N. Tro, 5th ed. (available from the Bancroft Bookstore). ‚Äč
  2. Review the supporting PowerPoint slides for each of these chapters.
  3. Complete the assigned end-of-chapter problems for each chapter (see Summer Assignment handout, linked below) in your homework journal (available from the Bancroft Bookstore)

Assignment Link:

Science and Engineering Inquiry

Your summer assignment is designed to help you get a head start on the project selection process by asking you to think about what you want to do, exposing you to some different areas of research, and getting you used to reading research papers.


Assignment Link:


Advanced Visual Art Portfolio

During the summer you will be preparing assignments in 3 categories: Sketchbook Assignments (3), Life Drawings (2), and Projects (3). 

Assignment PDF below: