Course Books

Below is an updated list of required course books for the 20212022 school year. This list is organized by department and by course number. For each book, we have specified whether used or e-book editions are acceptable, and included additional notes when needed. The links will show you the correct edition of the book on Amazon (or the best vendor for that course book). Most of these books will also be available from your preferred bookseller. 

Here are some things to keep in mind as you do your course book shopping:

  • If you have a financial aid grant, textbooks are factored into your grant, and Commonwealth will order these books on your behalf. We will be placing book orders in mid-August and students will be able to pick up their books prior to the beginning of school.
  • Please be very mindful of ISBNs. If you are purchasing books online, you can search for them by ISBN to ensure that you are buying the correct edition. It is helpful to Google an ISBN to pull up book vendors rather than searching for the ISBN on Amazon, where in some cases the search results list other editions of the book. Different editions of textbooks may have different page numbers, content, or problem sets, so buying the wrong book will make homework a real challenge! If you are buying your books used or from a bookstore, you should be able to double check the ISBN by looking above the barcode on the back of the book.
  • Books marked with a star () may be exchanged in the Virtual Textbook Exchange in August. You will hear more about this event from the Parents Committee shortly!
  • Several courses include source books, reading packets, or other materials that will be available at school at the beginning of the year; these are noted on the list. This year, English texts and books for French 1, 2, and 3 will also be provided at school. Full-pay families will be billed for these materials at a later date.
  • There are no required books for Arts courses.

Please address any questions or problems to Stephanie Poynter at A full PDF course book list is available here.

Required Summer Reading

Course Books

Additional Materials