Summer Academic Work

Below are the summer academic assignments for English/Journalism, Humanities, History, Classics, Science, and World Languages.

Required reading for all students and faculty: 

In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions--such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools--routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense.

The high-profile deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police officers have brought renewed national attention to racial profiling and have inspired grassroots activism from groups such as Black Lives Matter.

All Hill advisers look forward to reading and discussing Alison's Behnke's Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality throughout the 20-21 school year. Combining rigorous research with powerful personal stories, this insightful title explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice. Beginning on August 23, we will have a school-wide discussion about the book that will extend throughout the school year. Please purchase the book (hard copy or e-book) and come to school having read chapters 1 & 3 prepared for the discussion on August 23. A link to purchase the book can be found here:

For their English classes, most Hill students will also read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.
Synopsis: Two Baltimore boys named Wes Moore were born in the same neighborhood less than a year apart. One grows up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran and White House Fellow. The other becomes a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. The Other Wes Moore is a story so compelling it became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book and was optioned to be a movie by Oprah Winfrey. The Hill School is very pleased to be hosting Mr. Moore on campus in October 2020.