At the Academy for Classical Education summer reading is mandatory for all students, unlike other Bibb Schools. Gabe Reed said he welcomed the challenge.
"Two books required I had to read, which was Call of the Wild and of Mice and Men. And there's two optional books, I chose Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and Where the Red Fern Grows," said Reed.
In addition to reading students also have to write essays. "Most of them from sixth, seventh and eighth will answer several questions from their book, but they'll write about two essays each," said Laura Perkins, co-founder.
Perkins recognizes it's a lot of work. "In order to be a well-read, articulate learning person, you've got to work. You've gotta work hard and that's what we're trying to inculcate in our students," she said.