Student Life


Unique to Montrose: Daily Enrichment Period

Enrichment period is an integral part of the daily schedule, when girls hone the skill of reflection.
The purpose of Enrichment is to provide students with an opportunity to contemplate the larger questions of life. Girls can choose to do so by attending Mass or by reading an enriching book. 

Our students have the freedom to choose each day whether they will go to the chapel for Mass or to the Enrichment reading room. 

Students of all faiths are welcome to attend Mass and receive a blessing at the time of Communion.

Sample Enrichment Reading Choices

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  • For Middle School Students

    A complete list of approved enrichment reading books is available in the Student Handbook.  Students wishing to read a book that does not appear on these lists should bring the book to the Associate Head of School in advance for her review. 

    A Day No Pigs Would Die
    Robert Newton Peck
    The House of Dies Drear
    Virginia Hamilton
    The Saturdays
    Elizabeth Enright
    Anne of Green Gables (series)
    L.M. Montgomery
    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    Scott O'Dell
    Seabiscuit: An American Legend
    Laura Hillenbrand
    A Single Shard
    Linda Sue Park
    Johnny Tremain
    Esther Forbes
    The Secret Garden
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Adam of the Road
    Elizabeth George Speare
    Life of Pi
    Yann Martel
    The Shoes of the Fisherman
    Morris West
    Blue Sword/The Hero & The Crown
    Robin McKinley
    Little House on the Prairie (series)
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Shasku Endo
    The Bronze Bow
    Elizabeth George Speare
    Little Men
    Louise May Alcott
    Summer of My German Soldier
    Bette Greene
    Caddie Woodlawn
    Carol Brink
    The Little Prince
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    Thirteen Clocks
    James Thurber
    Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
    Jean Lee Latham
    The Lord of the Rings
    J.R.R. Tolkein
    Time Quintet (series)
    Madeleine L'Engle
    The Cay & Timothy of the Cay
    Theodore Taylor
    Love, Aubrey
    Suzanne LeFleur '01
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    Catherine Marshall
    Onion John
    Joseph Krumgold
    The Trumpeter of Krakow
    Eric P. Kelly
    Chronicles of Narnia (series)
    CS Lewis
    Out of the Dust
    Karen Hesse
    Michael Morpurgo
    Eight Keys
    Suzanne LeFleur '01
    Pawn of Prophecy (series)
    David Edding
    Waterfire Saga Book One: Deep Blue
    Jennifer Donnelly
    Full Sail for Tripoli
    William Graydon
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Norton Justen
    The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963
    Christopher Paul Curtis
    Johanna Spyri
    The Pigman
    Paul Zindel
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    Elizabeth George Speare
    Hellen Keller, The Story of My Life
    Helen Keller
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Mildred D. Taylor
    The Wizard of Earthsea Trilogy
    Ursula LeGuin
  • For Upper School Students

    A complete list of approved enrichment reading books is available in the Student Handbook.  Students wishing to read a book that is not on these lists should bring the book to the Associate Head of School in advance for her review.

    A Civil Action
    Jonathan Harr
    Galileo's Daughter
    Dava Sobel
    The Mozart Season
    Virginia Wolff
    A Deaf Child Listened: Thomas Gallaudet, Pioneer in American Education
    Anne Neimark & William Morrow
    Edna Ferber
    The Name of the Rose
    Umberto Eco
    A Raisin in the Sun
    Lorraine Hansberry
    The Grapes of Wrath
    John Steinbeck
    No Ordinary Time
    Doris Kearns Goodwin
    A River Runs Throught It
    Norman Maclean
    Guns, Germs and Steel
    Jared M. Diamond
    Peace Like a River
    Leif Enger
    A Time For Dancing
    Davida Wills Hurwin
    The Guns of August
    Barbara Tuchman
    Pilgrim's Progress
    John Bunyan
    Autobiography of GK Chesterton
    GK Chesterton
    Happiness and Virtue Beyond East and West: Toward a New Global Responsibility
    Lerner, Nakayama, Ryan and Bohlin
    The Practice of the Presence of God
    Brother Lawrence
    Par Lagerkvist
    Hinds Feet on High Places
    Hannah Hurnard
    The Right Thing
    Cmdr. Scott Waddle with Ken Abraham
    Being There
    Jerzy N. Kosinski
    Evelyn Waugh
    The Robe
    Lloyd Douglas
    Benjamin Franklin
    Walter Isaacson
    How Will You Measure Your Life?
    Clayton M. Christensen
    Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
    Margot Morrell
    Malcolm Gladwell
    Seven Storey Mountain
    Thomas Merton
    The Bondwoman's Narrative
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    In His Steps
    Charles Sheldon
    Herman Hesse
    The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak
    Chris Crutcher
    Shasaku Endo
    It's Not About The Bike
    Lance Armstrong
    Snow Falling On Cedars
    David Guterson
    Dangerous Wonder
    Michael Yaconelli
    Kristin Lavransdatter
    Sigrid Undset
    Stride Toward Freedom:The Montgomery Story
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Death Comes to the Archbishop
    Willa Cather
    Left To Tell
    Immaculee Ilibagiza
    Tuesdays with Morrie
    Mitch Albom
    Double Helix
    James Watson
    Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
    James Agee And Walker Evans
    Up From Slavery
    Booker T. Washington
    East of Eden
    John Steinbeck
    Dava Sobel
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resiliences and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
    Walter Isaacson
    Madame Curie
    Madame Curie
    Voyage of the Beagle
    Charles Darwin
    Father Brown Stories
    GK Chesterton
    THe Man Who Knew Too Much
    CK Chesterton
    Michael Morpurgo
    Farwell to Manzanar
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
    The World's Religions
    Huston Smith
    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
    Edwin A. Abbott
    Mind of the Maker
    Dorothy Sayers
    The Worst Hard Times: The Untold Story of Those who Survived the American Dust Bowl
    Timothy Egen
    Mind of the Maker
    Dorothy Sayers

Katie Sidhu '16, Wellesley College '20, Wellesley College House Senator

As a Sikh, I found the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith profoundly interesting. I was able to find connections between my own faith and Catholicism that made me think more deeply about what my purpose is and what kind of person I want to be.
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