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 2018-2019  (dated 052918)

Required School Supplies 
Supply list 2018-2019  

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 documentary “The Men Who Built America” 

The episodes can be purchased for streaming on amazon.com for $1.99
Click here to see the listing of episodes 

  • 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

After watching these episodes, choose an influencial person portrayed in the episodes and write a 3-5 page paper answering the following prompt:

What were the characteristics of the Gilded Age in America and how did your figure embody the entrepreneurial spirit in Gilded Age America? What are some issues regarding the Gilded Age that will foreshadow future problems in America?


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.


10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America – Steven Gillon (ISBN-13: 978-0307339348)

This engaging and approachable book incorporates both content and themes significant to the AP US History course. Please read it carefully, making note of common themes or categories that link your choice of the top three most significant events discussed in the book. In approximately 500 words (two double spaced typed pages), support a thesis expressing these common themes or categories. Do not summarize the book; focus instead on communicating your original critical thinking. This assignment is due the first day of school.


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

  • January 2019
    • MonJan21 Martin Luther King Day
  • February 2019
    • FriFeb15 Professional Day (No Classes)
    • MonFeb18 President's Day (No Classes)
  • March 2019
    • SunMar10 Spring Open House 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • FriMar15 End of Third Quarter
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