Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Summer 2022

Summer Reading 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, Social Studies and World Languages departments.

Ministry Summer Services

As part of your summer preparations for coming to Christopher 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

English Assignments

List of 4 items.

  • Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2026)

    College Prep., Accelerated, & Honors: A Separate Peace [Knowles]

    AP World History: Read the summaries of chapters 7-12 (downloadable file).
  • Incoming Sophomore (by Course)

    College Prep: The Alchemist [Coelho]

    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780062301673] (chapters 1-3 & 10-15 only) 

    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780062301673

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

    AP Euro Civilization: Read chapters 11-12 from course textbook Western Civilization [8ed. - Jackson Spielvogel]
  • Incoming Juniors (by Course)

    College Prep: How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780062301673]  

    Accelerated CP: 
    How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780062301673] 

    Honors: How to Read Literature like a Professor [Foster 9780062301673

    AP English Lang.: 
    Thank You for Arguing [9780307341440, Heinrichs] and Language in Thought and Action 5th ed. [9780156482400, Hayakawa]

    AP US History: Read chapters 1-4 from the course textbook The American Pageant [Thomas Bailey]
  • Incoming Seniors (by Course)

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

    Shoe Dog [P. Knight] 

    1984 [Orwell]

    AP Eng. Lit:
    1984 [Orwell]

World Languages Assignment

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 Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.