Suggested Summer Reading Lists: High School

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) High School Suggested Summer Reading is a genre-based assignment in which students at each grade level may choose their own selections within a framework based on the English Program of Studies.

Recent reports from the National Council of Teachers of English describe guided student choice as a key component in successful summer reading.  Greater freedom to choose their own titles will increase students' interest in summer reading, leading to greater reading achievement overall.

At the high school level, most schools and courses have summer reading assignments that fulfill the FCPS requirement.  Parents and students should check the individual school website and inquire at the time of registration.

Note:These guidelines apply only in the absence of a school-based assignment.  Check with your high school to learn about specific titles that may be required for summer reading.

Note: A rising student is one that will be starting that grade in the new school year.  For example, a rising tenth grader is one who completed the ninth grade in school year 2014-2015 and will be a tenth grader in the 2015-2016 school year.

Grade Reading Assigment

Rising 9th Grade

Choose a narrative text such as:

    • Novel
    • Sports Fiction
    • Historical Fiction
    • Mystery
    • Science Fiction
    • Graphic Novel

Rising 10th Grade

Choose a nonfiction text such as:

    • Informational Text
    • Memoir
    • Autobiography
    • Biography
    • History
    • Humor

Rising 11th Grade

Choose a novel or memoir by an American author.

Rising 12th Grade

Choose a novel or memoir by an author from a country other than the United States of America.

Quick Links:

Summer Reading List

6th Grade List

7th & 8th Grade List

9th - 12th Grade List

Finding a Book

Related Links:

Summer Learning Programs

Thomas Jefferson Summer Learning

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Institute for the Arts

Tech Adventure Camp


ACE Summer Programs


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Last Updated

May 15, 2015