Textbooks, School Supplies
and Summer Reading

Below is a list of required school supplies, textbooks and summer reading lists for students in Highland's Upper School:

Required Textbooks Lists
Textbook List 2019-2020 (coming soon)

Required School Supplies 
Supply list 2019-2020 (coming soon)  

Click here to go to MBS Direct, our online bookstore virtual bookstore.  

Market Place is a feature by Barnes and Noble (a parent company to MBS Direct) that allows you to shop for your books through private vendors. Highland School will not be responsible for any books purchased through this option and shipping fees will not be determined by MBS.

Book Swap
Highland parents will once again offer a Book Swap. This is a great service provided thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer parents. While you are not guaranteed to find what you need, many of our students "shopped" successfully last year! 

Click here for details on our textbook swap!

Summer Reading
Click on the expanding boxes below to review your summer reading assignments by department: 

English Department

(updated 04/17/18)

In assigning summer reading, the English Department seeks to foster a love of reading while maintaining and reinforcing critical reading skills. To this end, we have crafted a summer reading program designed around the idea of “buckets.”

Bucket 1 is the required reading book for the class. The selections, reviewed annually by the department, are tied to the curriculum/themes of the rising grade level. All students need to read this book in order to prepare for the year. Students should purchase the required reading book, as it will be used in class. Inexpensive versions can be found on Amazon.

Bucket 2 is a list of, generally speaking, contemporary classics that will appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. This is a “choice read”. We have selected these because we believe that they have a certain level of literary merit. Simultaneously, we’ve attempted to shy away from books that require classroom support to be fully appreciated. Students can expect to have an assignment centered around this book. **Students can find this list at the end of the Summer Reading Assignment.**

Bucket 3 is an “open read.” We encourage and expect students to read beyond the assigned summer reading books. In our view, summer is a time when students should read widely for pleasure, making their own choices and following their own interests. As such, any book not in Bucket 1 or Bucket 2 can serve as a Bucket 3 book, provided that the student has not read the book before. Students may choose a Bucket 3 book in order to earn extra credit in the class. If they choose a book from this bucket, they can also expect a small, non-extra credit, assignment as well. Upon completion of this graded assignment, students will receive the extra credit for reading the text.

Happy Reading!

English 1

English 2

English 3

English 4

Math Department

History Department

WORLD HISTORY 1 and Honors World History 1

Mortimer, Ian The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England  ISBN-10: 1439112908,   ISBN-13: 978-1439112908


In his book, Ian Mortimer offers us a description of what it was like to live in medieval Europe. Imagine, as he suggests, that you are a time traveler who ended up in 14th Century England. Unfortunately, your time machine is broken beyond repair. You cannot return home. You can, however, communicate with your lab assistant back in the 21st century, and he can send you five material objects to help you survive the medieval world. What will you request and why? You must connect each object to the reading. 


Over the summer, watch the following parts of the docu-drama “The Men Who Built America”:

  • Each student MUST watch episodes 7+8.
  • Each student MUST CHOOSE one more episode which will focus on at least one key figure in the Gilded Age.

The episodes can be purchased on amazon.com for $2.99 each or streamed for free if you have Amazon Prime. Click here to see the listing of episodes.

After watching these episodes, choose one of the industrialists portrayed in the episodes (Carnegie, Ford, Morgan, Rockefeller or Vanderbilt) and write a paper that answers the following questions, in order:

  1. Explain what the Gilded Age was, and what life was like (economically, but also socially and/or politically) in America during this time.
  2. Explain how your chosen industrialist's business worked--what did he sell, what business strategies did he use to become wealthy and powerful, and what character traits
    helped him achieve his success? Back up your explanations with specific examples from the episodes.
  3. What are some events or issues during the Gilded Age that foreshadow problems that America will face in the future?
  4. Explain one way in which the United States today is like it was in the Gilded Age, and one way in which it is different from the Gilded Age.
  5. Ultimately, do you think what happened during the Gilded Age was a good or bad thing for the United States? Explain why.
  6. If you use any specific quotes or facts stated in the episodes, or consult any outside sources, you must give in-text citations (click here to learn / review how to do that)and a Works Cited list in MLA format (click here to learn / review how to do that).


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford (ISBN-13 978-0609809648)

In this book the author presents a thoroughly demystified view of the legendary conqueror and his immediate descendents. After close-reading the book, construct a cause-and-effect tree, with specific examples for each step, showing how Ghengis Khan and his descendents created the most significant changes (you decide what these are) between the world of 1200CE and that of 1500 CE. Make one tree for Asia (especially China), one for the Middle East, and one for Europe especially Russia). Type your responses. This is due the first day of school.


AP US History Summer Reading Assignment 

The study of American history does not proceed as a single, straightforward narrative. In our AP US History course, we will focus on developing skills to unpack and articulate the many layers and complexities of historical events. After reading the book Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puelo, compose a three page, double-spaced typed paper (750 words) discussing how the book uses a very specific and local event to tell a broader story. Explain how the book weaves together each of the following topics:

  • Immigrant communities and responses to them
  • Social reform (such as temperance/Prohibition)
  • Foreign policy/international relations

You are not expected to read or research beyond the book; but if you do, be sure to cite your sources. You should reference and cite at least three specific and relevant quotes from the book using MLA formatting. Remember that an essential component of any history essay is a clear thesis statement that makes a historical argument.  


Read Chapter 11 of the textbook and outline it.

Then, write a two (or so) page essay (typed, double-spaced) on the following topic:

The lasting impact of the Hundred Years War was the social and political transformation of England.

Comment on the above statement, taking into account the origins of the war, the impact of its course on England, and the impact of its results. Make sure you have a complete thesis, valid arguments, supporting specific detail, appropriate analysis, and an appropriate conclusion. This assignment is due the first day of school.

Science Department

Honors Chemistry

Honors Physics

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

AP Physics C

AP Environmental Science
     Read Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.  ISBN 9780008283322.

Classical Language Department

(updated 04/12/17)

Latin I

D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths    ISBN 978-0385015837

Latin II

Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff    ISBN 978-0312644291

Latin III

Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff    ISBN 978-0312644291

Latin IV and IV Honors

Conspirata by Robert Harris    ISBN 978-0743266116

Honors Latin V

Aeneas by Emily Frenkel    ISBN 978-0862921989

AP Latin

Aeneas by Emily Frenkel    ISBN 978-0862921989


World Languages Department

  • March 2019
    • FriMar22 Spring Break Begins
    • SunMar31 Spring Break Ends
  • April 2019
    • MonApr01 Faculty Work Day (No Classes)
    • TueApr02 Divisional Work Day (No Classes)
    • WedApr03 Classes Resume
    • FriApr26 Faculty Worksday for Middle, Upper Schools (No Classes)
    • FriApr26 Parent/Teacher Conferences for LS Only - No Classes
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