The Buffalo Academy of Science is committed to preparing students for the rigors of college and university. Additionally, we want to ensure that our students meet the NYS ELA Common Core Standards. The Summer Reading Program of the English Department is a requirement for all of our students. Summer reading serves as an excellent vocabulary and reading improvement program that helps students become better readers and writers.
Every student is required to read the bolded book on the ELA reading list appropriate for her/his grade level or Advanced Placement course. The core books were chosen for challenging content and stylistic qualities from the NYS Common Core reading list. Please be aware that some books on the list may deal with mature themes, however, the curriculum is meant to prepare students for college level work. The required bolded book and Social Studies reading assignment materials will be provided by the school free of charge. If your child did not receive a copy, it can be picked up at the school between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Books provided by the school should be returned in September.
Students should complete the assignment which corresponds with the required summer reading book. Assignment grade will be included in the first quarter grade. [Please note that 7th grade students have 2 required reading books and assignments.]
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 5th graders: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 7th graders: Monster by Walter Dean Myers
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 8th graders: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 9th graders: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 10th graders: The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 11th graders: No Fear Hamlet by William Shakespeare
REQUIRED reading for all incoming 12th graders: The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
This year we are expanding our Summer Reading Program to include Social Studies. Social Studies teachers have selected course documents that present important concepts that will be studied further in September.
Every student is required to read the Social Studies documents for her/his corresponding grade level or course. Students should complete the assignment which corresponds with the required summer reading. Assignment grade will be included in the first quarter grade.