Summer Reading/Summer School

Summer Reading

Every summer, Bishop McDevitt High School students must read assigned books for each individual class. The students will then be tested on the selection during the first month of school.

The summer readings are as follows:

All Students – One Book, One School: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

9th Grade

All Freshmen
The Hobbit by R.R. Tolkien

10th Grade

All Sophomores
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

11th Grade

All Juniors
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Junior Honors
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

12th Grade

All Seniors
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Senior Advanced Placement (AP)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

AP US History

Summer Assignment


A student receiving one or more failures in required, elective, major or minor courses must rectify these grades by enrolling in summer school and earning a passing grade. This is a Diocesan policy and therefore no exceptions can be made if the student wishes to return to Bishop McDevitt. A senior who fails any subject, elective or required, must enroll in summer school and earn a passing grade, may not participate in the Graduation Exercises, and does not receive a diploma until the successful completion of summer school. Archdiocesan directives state that students with excessive absences, not excused by medical certification, do not successfully complete the school year until they make up the time missed in an approved Diocesan summer school. This applies even though there are no academic failures. In this situation, the student attends the classes in which the lowest grade was received.

According to Archdiocesan Policy, any student with a final failure who does not attend Diocesan Summer School and earn a passing grade is prohibited from returning or transferring to an Archdiocesan Secondary School. Failed courses may not be retaken the following year. The Principal in consultation with the Administration, reserves the right to make final decisions regarding dismissal


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