Summer Academics

important Summer academics Announcement

Dear Friar Families,
Bishop Lynch High School is continuing to conform to all state and local guidelines to keep our community safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we have decided to cancel the Summer Enrichment program in the interest of keeping our students and faculty safe.
The purpose of the Summer Enrichment program was to provide us with the opportunity to evaluate the placement of your student through the delivery of math and English curriculum. We now have the opportunity to provide the enrichment experience during the upcoming school year by scheduling your student in their respective Essentials level class for their freshman year. Given these unprecedented times, I am excited to embark upon a new era within our Essentials program that will give us the opportunity to provide our incoming freshmen with an entire year of enriching curriculum instead of the abbreviated summer experience.
Benefits of this decision include:
  • Smaller class sizes of 15-18 students
  • Students will have more opportunity for individual attention.
  • Students will be more prepared to move into Regular level classes after a year of preparation.
  • Essentials level classes receive the same GPA weighting as Regular level classes.
  • The Essentials teachers will have an entire school year to monitor and adjust the curriculum to meet student needs versus the shorter Summer Enrichment session.
  • Our Essentials program is designed to meet the needs of our students through curriculum that is taught using a variety of instructional methods. The Algebra 1 Essentials class is double blocked (meets every day) to allow the teacher to cover the curriculum at a slower, but more thorough pace. The English 1 Essentials class is not double blocked and meets every other day.
Refunds will be credited to your 2020-2021 tuition balance.
Bishop Lynch looks forward to partnering with you to achieve the best academic and formational growth for your student during the four-year Friar journey.

Questions, please contact Randy Becker, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at 214-324-3607, Ext. 4105 or

For More Info:

Randy Becker, Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs
214-324-3607 ext. 4105

Summer Math

Over the past several years, students were required to complete a summer math packet based on which math students were enrolled in for the fall semester. This year, due to the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on families, the Math Department has decided to make the Summer Math Assignments optional. Completion of the optional Summer Math Assignment will be worth extra credit -- Math teachers will add 5% of their score on the summer packet to the first test (for example, if you make a 100 on your summer assignment, you will get 5 points added to your first test).  

The Summer Math Assignments are great ways to review math skills students have gained in previous math courses, as well as prepare them for the work ahead of them. Students choosing to complete the Summer Math Assignment for extra credit should complete the packet that corresponds to the course they are enrolled in for the fall semester. Summer Math Assignments will be due on the second day of classes, August 12 &13. Please direct any questions to

Summer Reading 2020

For the past five years, all grade levels have read a common book over the summer; however, this year has not been typical. Due to the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many families, Bishop Lynch has decided to institute an exemption for summer reading this year.  

While there will not be an official common book required, below is a recommended book list that we encourage students to explore over the course of the summer. These high-interest books provide valuable literary merit and promote the continuation of vocabulary expansion and reading comprehension skills.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • 9th Grade

    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Lexile 780, Hugo and YALSA Awards
    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – Autobiography, Lexile 830, YALSA Award
    • Divergent by Veronica Roth – Teen Fiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 700, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Maze Runner by James Dashner – TeenFiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 770, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Unwind by Neil Shusterman – Teen Fiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 740, YALSA and multiple awards
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 790, Pulitzer Price: Fiction
    • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Adult Fiction, Suspense, Lexile 830, multiple awards The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson – Biographies Story Collection
    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 730, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos – Autobiography, Darkly Humorous, Lexile 840, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Looking for Alaska by John Green – Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Lexile 850, YALSA and multiple awards
    • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Lexile 650, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Teen Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Lexile 820, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Teen Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Lexile 800, YALSA Awards
    • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 560, YALSA and multiple awards
  • 10th Grade

    • Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong – Autobiography, Adult Non-Fiction, Inspiring
    • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Adult Fiction, Science Fiction Classic, Lexile 890,
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Adult Fiction Science Fiction, Lexile 990, Alex and multiple awards
    • The Catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 790
    • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – Adult Non-Fiction, Biography,  Lexile 1270, YALSA Award
    • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean – Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 900, Carnegie Medal Award
    • The Scorpio Races By Maggie Stiefvater – Teen Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Lexile 840, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – Teen Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Lexile 690, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Going Bovine by Libba Bray – Teen Fiction, Classics Inspired, Lexile 680, YALSA Award
    • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman – Teen Non-Fiction, Biography, Lexile 1020, YALSA Award
    • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix – Graphic Novel Biography, Lexile 980, School Library Journal Best Non-Fiction Book
    • This Strange Wilderness:  The Life and Art of John James Audubon written by Nancy Plain – Biography, Spur Award
    • Laughing at My Nightmare written by Shane Burcaw – Teen Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Lexile 1110, YALSA Award
    • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia written by Candace Fleming – Teen Non-Fiction, Biography, Lexile 950, ALA Notable Book and multiple awards
    • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights written by Steve Sheinkin – Non-Fiction, Lexile 950, ALA Notable Award
  • 11th Grade

    • The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Adult Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Lexile 1120,
    • Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya – Adult Non-Fiction, Book to Movies, Lexile 900
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni – Adult Fiction, Book to Movies, Lexile 840, YALSA Award
    • The Alchemist by Paolo Cohelo – Adult Fiction, Literary Fiction
    • The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima – Adult Fiction, Love Story
    • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Teen Fiction, Classic Realistic Fiction, Lexile 690, YALSA Award
    • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – Teen Fiction, Mystery, Lexile 640, YALSA Award
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (UD Collaborative Reading Pick) – Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 890, Pulitzer Prize and multiple awards
    • The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood – Adult Fiction, Science Fiction Classic, Lexile 750, Arthur C. Clarke Award
    • A Raisin In the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – Adult Nonfiction, Biography, ALA Notable Book – Non-Fiction
    • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – Adult Non-Fiction, ALA Notable Book – Non-Fiction
    • Circe by Madeline Miller – Adult Non-Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Alex Award
    • Educated by Tara Westover – Adult Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Lexile 870, ALA Notable Book – Non-Fiction
    • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – Teen Fiction, Graphic Novel, Lexile 530, YALSA Award
  • 12th Grade

    • My Life as a Foreign Country by Brian Turner – Adult Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Award winning poet
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, ALA Notable Book
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Classic Fiction, Lexile 1170
    • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl – Adult Non-Fiction, History Writing
    • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 930, ALA Notable Book
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Adult Fiction, Classic
    • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 1010,
    • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy – Adult Fiction, Literary Fiction, Lexile 940, ALA Notable Book
    • East of Eden by John Steinbeck – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 700,
    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic
    • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – Adult Non-Fiction, YALSA Award
    • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Adult Non-Fiction, Biography, Lexile 1010, Indies’ Choice Book Award
    • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – Adult Non-Fiction, True Crime, Lexile 1040, YALSA Award
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 880, Pulitzer Prize Fiction
    • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – Adult Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Lexile 1110, Pulitzer Prize Biography
  • AP English

    • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell – Adult Non-Fiction, Lexile 1080
    • Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett – Adult Fiction, Christian Fiction, Lexile 770
    • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Adult Fiction, Literary Fiction, Pulitzer Prize Fiction
    • This Side of Paradise by F. S. Fitzgerald – Adult fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 1070
    • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell – Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, ALA Notable Book
    • Tribe by Sebastian Junger – Adult Non-Fiction, History Writing
    • The Odyssey by Homer – Adult Non-Fiction, Classic
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
    • My Antonia by Willa Cather – Adult Fiction, Classic, Lexile 1010
    • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – Adult Fiction, Classic, Lexile 970
    • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 1090
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 890
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 870, Pulitzer Prize Fiction
    • Obasan by Joy Kogawa – Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 990, Canadian Authors Association Literary Award
    • Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 920


Drivers Ed will start July 6 from 7-9am Monday through Friday in the Study Hall upstairs in Leyden Building and will go to July 24. Please enter at the main gym entrance and wear a mask. The waiver must be brought to class on the first day along with the contract.

The driving schedule will be scheduled during the class. The class is full due to restrictions of the State. Contact Andy Zihlman at  for any questions.

Please note that the BL Driver Ed program is following all state and local guidelines, including the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation and the Diocese of Dallas, before coming on campus. This will be a live classroom and drive time as we do it in conjunction with each other. 

The total cost for the course is $500.00.

Behind the Wheel is offered during the Summer Break following the completion of the classroom phase. Students will sign up for Behind the Wheel drive times during the classroom phase. By state law, attendance is mandatory in order to receive a driver’s license. No more than two absences are allowed, and these absences must be made up. An additional 20 hours of drive time must be completed with a parent before the final certificate is issued. The form will be given the first day of class with instructions for the student and parent. If a student does not show up for their scheduled driving time, a $25 fine will be assessed. Please keep your assigned time.

Students will need a Texas Department of Public Safety Driver’s Handbook, which can be picked up at any DPS headquarters.

Andy Zihlman
Driver’s Education Instructor
TEA School #CO989

VOE Forms
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Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963