Students at St. Joseph's Academy enrich their summer through required reading in both the English and social studies departments, the specific titles dependent upon the courses in which each student is enrolled for the upcoming school year.

Summer reading not only directly prepares students for the next phase of English and social studies course work, but it helps to keep their minds active and engaged during the summer months and reinforces the value of reading, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, novel, biography, or history. Reading is a primary way that we learn of the stories and broaden our understanding of the larger human family. Furthermore, the testing services continue to remind us that the main guarantee of success on college entrance tests is “reading, reading, reading.”

English Department Summer Reading List

The English Department of St. Joseph’s Academy requires students to read widely. Summer reading helps to prepare students for the next phase of literary studies while enhancing their appreciation of the written word. See below for specific assignments per course and/or teacher.

All summer reading books are available.

Social Studies Summer Reading List

Dear Students,
Please see the list of books and assignments for your Social Studies summer reading for the 2016-17 school year. If you have your class in the fall, the assignment will be due on the first day of class, August 17. If your class does not meet until the Spring, your assignment will be due on January 4th. If you have questions, please contact your Social Studies teacher. If you do not have your assignment ready on the due date, your teacher’s late work policy will apply.

World Languages Summer Reading List

AP Spanish
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez 
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