Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Summer 2019

Academic Assignments


All Christopher Columbus High School students are required to participate in the school-wide Summer Reading program. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading, not just for all of its academic and learning benefits, but to help our Explorers discover that reading can be a meaningful and pleasurable activity. To the right are all the reading requirements broken down by class and academic path. Most works are MANDATORY for that course, although some courses will allow students to select one of the options given. 

Students are expected to complete their reading requirement by the first day of class in August. At that time, teachers will assess each student through an in-class, timed essay. Students should bring their text(s) (etext or hardbound) to class on the first full day of school in August.

Do note that there are selections required by the English, Science and Social Studies departments.

English Assignments

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  • Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2023)

    College Prep., Accelerated, & HonorsA Separate Peace [John Knowles]
  • Incoming Sophomore (by Course)

    College PrepRaising Stony Mayhall [Daryl Gregory]

    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780060009427] (chapters 1-3 & 10-15 only) 

    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780060009427] 

    AP Seminar: They Say, I Say 4th ed. (Preface, Part 1 and 2 only) [Graff & Birkenstein]
  • Incoming Juniors (by Course)

    College Prep: How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780060009427]

    Accelerated CP: 
    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780060009427]

    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780060009427]

    AP Eng. Lang: 
    Thank You for Arguing [J. Heinrichs 9780307341440] 
    Language in Thought and Action 5th ed. [S.I. Hayakawa 9780156482400] 
  • Incoming Seniors (by Course)

    College Prep: Hound of the Baskervilles [A. C. Doyle] 

    Shoe Dog [P. Knight] 

    The Color of Magic [Terry Pratchett] 

    AP Eng. Lit:
    Frankenstein [Mary Shelley]
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [James Joyce]

Science Assignments

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  • AP Biology (Ms. Taylor)

    Click here to download the assignments breakdown.
  • AP Chemistry (Mr. Baez)

    All students must be enrolled in the Flinn Prep AP Chem 2019-2020 course by
    June 20th. The website is class code is 7scbh. This will cost each individual $22.95. Enrollment will be your first quiz grade out of 10 points. The assignments (first 10 units) in the Flinn Prep must be completed by July 31st. This will be your first test grade.

    There will also be a textbook assignment this summer.
    Textbook: Chemistry 10th Edition, by Zumdahl, Zumdahl, DeCoste.
    Students must READ the first 5 Chapters and complete the following problems at the end of each chapter. MUST SHOW ALL WORK
    The textbook problems must be completed by the first day of class.
    That will be 5 homework grades. You will be tested on all 5 Chapters.

    Chapter 1: 35, 38, 39, 43, 46, 53, 55, 60, 63, 68, 73, 75, 79, 81-83

    Chapter 2: 30, 35, 36, 41, 44, 51, 55, 59, 62, 67, 71- 87

    Chapter 3: 38, 44, 47, 53, 55, 57, 59, 65, 72, 75, 81, 89, 91, 97, 99-102, 105, 111, 115, 117, 118, 123

    Chapter 4: 27, 31, 35, 37, 43-46, 49, 51, 57, 59, 63, 65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 79-84, 87, 88, 91, 105, 107, 109

    Chapter 5: 38, 48, 49, 50, 54, 57, 61, 63, 65, 67, 71, 75, 77, 79, 82, 83, 88, 90, 91, 100, 109

    Everything you will be doing this summer is material that has already been covered in Honors Chemistry and it is simply a review, But you MUST have a mastery of this foundation in order to build and be successful.
    To download these assignments, click here.
  • AP Environmental Science (Ms. Taylor)

    Click here to download the assignments breakdown.
  • AP Physics 1 (Mr. Sanchez)

    Advanced Placement Physics is a rigorous science course that requires exceptional proficiency in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. For this summer assignment, students will complete a problem set on mathematical skills needed for success in AP physics.
    Your Work: It is essential that you show all of your work to support your mathematical responses. If you only provide answers, you will get NO credit.
    Academic Honesty: Do your own work! There are differences between working together, getting help, and copying. Make sure that you are clear on these differences as well as the school policies concerning cheating and plagiarism.
    To contact me during the summer: If you have any questions for me, feel free to email me at Be sure to put “AP Physics 1” in the subject matter, and make sure you put your first and last name on it somewhere so I know from whom I’m receiving it.
    The goal of the summer assignment is to sharpen the math skills needed for AP Physics 1 and cover some of the material in chapter 1 of the book we will be using in class: Physics Principles with Applications, Douglas C. Giancoli, 7th AP Edition.
    The work should be completed over the course of the summer. The following resources should be reviewed prior to working the summer assignment. Additional resources may be used to refresh your math and trigonometry skills.
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    A hardcopy of the assignment will be due the second day of school. It will be graded and will serve as your first grade of the course. Students will also take a test on this same material during the first week of classes. A passing grade of 90% or higher will be required. Anyone receiving a lower grade will be assigned additional review material.
    Students interested in getting a leg up on the course material are encouraged (but not required) to view the first 5 Kahn Academy videos from the link below:

    Click here to download the worksheet.

Social Studies Assignments

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Foreign Language Assignment

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    As part of your summer preparations for coming to Columbus High School as an incoming 9th grader…returning student or as a transfer …the CAMPUS MINISTRY program would want you to reflect on the following.
    • We hope that you would go to Sunday mass as a Catholic…for those who are Christian (non-Catholic) and all others should follow the religious practice of their tradition.
    • Know that at Columbus as a Catholic/Marist school you will take Theology (religious education) for all four years.
    • You will be invited to attend a retreat each year you are at Columbus (Kerygma…Men for God…Encounter)
    • You are most welcome to join Campus Ministry and become a leader on retreats both for CCHS and for 8th grade experiences.
    • You ARE INVITED to be part of MARIST YOUTH…it meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Columbus Chapel.
    Over the summer please reflect on your “spiritual life” as part of your TOTAL Columbus/Marist Experience…ADELANTE
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.