Summer Assignments 2018

Happy Summer, Prep Readers! It's time for some SSR--Sustained Summer Reading. Whether for pleasure or leisure, reading reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. What learning comes from shared experience, and insightful, reflective conversation about that experience!

This year, all students are required to read Mayor: The Best Job in Politics by former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a 1975 graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep. This book is the springboard into a "Year of Citizenship" that will be supplemented by lectures, trips, service and more. A study guide has been developed as well as a homework assignment that will need to be completed by each student.

In addition, the History, English and Religious Studies Departments have issued required summer reading for you. The departments have assigned a book per grade level.

Go to each department’s summer reading tab (links on left in nav) to learn the specifics of each department’s requirements.

Also note that each department encourages you to “read beyond” the required readings. It is through reading that we learn more about ourselves and the human condition, often through characters whose journeys seem so different from ours. As you know, often it’s through embarking on a character’s intrepid, serpentine, magical, painful and self-fulfilling quest that we find common ground, a shared humanity. So, seek to discover more about yourself and the world around you through your reading this summer. In this quest for the magis, you are bound to have a great summer full of great books.

Be in touch with us if you have any questions.


Mr. Patragnoni, English Department Chair
Mr. Fortin, History Department Chair
Mr. Pinto, Religious Studies Chair


Math assignment packets are now available. Click here for a list the Math packets.



Click on the links below for all summer reading as well as math assignments by department:

Religious Studies

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