Solorio Fall Newsletter
Solorio Academy’s mission is to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and discipline necessary to graduate from college and have a positive impact on our communities.
Vision: Solorio Academy creates a supportive, experience-rich learning community where students become the scholars, advocates, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.
Solorio’s Habits of Mind:
Persevere to learn from academic and real-world challenges
Innovate creative methods and approaches
Apply existing understanding to novel situations
Advocate for self and others
5400 S. St. Louis St.
Chicago , IL 60632
Welcome back Solorio students and families to the 2017-2018 school year. It is hard to believe, but we are starting our 8th year at Solorio. “Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare today.” These words by Malcolm X remind us of the importance of working hard. Our school’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Compassion, and Reflection characterize the Solorian learner’s life. Dedication to these values has led to many achievements and accolades over the years. We are proud that Solorio was recently named one of the best high schools in Chicago, but we strive to continue improving. We aspire to surpass last year’s achievements and further raise our expectations for ourselves and our students. Whether it is in academics, athletics, fine arts or extracurricular programs, Solorio continues to make great strides. I trust our entering freshman will not only embrace Solorio Sun Warrior school spirit on the field but in the classroom as well. Welcome to the family.
Bienvenidos estudiantes y familiares de Solorio a nuestro año escolar 2017-2018. Es difícil de creer, pero estamos empezando nuestro 8 o año en Solorio como una secundaria. “El mañana pertenece a aquellos que se preparan en la actualidad.” Estas palabras de Malcolm X nos recuerdan la importancia de trabajar duro. Los valores fundamentales de nuestra escuela son la integridad, el compromiso, la compasión y reflexión quienes caracterizan la vida del alumno de Solorio. La dedicación a estos valores nos ha llevado a muchos logros y galardones en los últimos años. Estamos orgullosos de que Solorio fue recientemente nombrada una de las mejores secundarias en Chicago, pero nos esforzaremos a continuar mejorando. Aspiramos a superar los logros del año pasado, y aún más elevar nuestras expectativas para nosotros mismos y nuestros estudiantes. Ya sea en lo académico, atlético, en las bellas artes o en programas extracurriculares, Solorio sigue haciendo grandes progresos. Confío que nuestros estudiantes de primer año harán suyos el espíritu de Solorio no sólo en el campo pero también en el salón. Bienvenida a la familia.
Victor Iturralde, Principal
Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Solorio Academy High School to the right.
Solorio Academy High School is named in honor of Eric Solorio (1979-2006), a former member of the Chicago Police Department’s elite antigang unit. Solorio died in 2006 at age 26 nearly a month after his squad car went out of control during a chase. Friends and family say there was a constant urgency about him, who since childhood searched for ways to help others. Today, we honor Officer Solorio’s life by working hard to educate ourselves and make our community a better place by dedicating ourselves to serving others.
Solorio Academy High School opened in 2010 to address enrollment challenges caused by the rapid growth in student population on the Southwest Side. The building is “Silver” level certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design schools’ rating system, and includes a green roof covering 40 percent of the building.
The Solorio building was the first to implement CPS’s Urban Model High School (UMHS) design and was part of the Modern Schools Across Chicago (MSAC) program. The building contains more than 200,000 square feet and includes science, computer, visual and performing arts classrooms, as well as a library, a gymnasium, a swimming pool and playing fields and tennis courts.
The school opened with grade 9 and has added a grade each school year. In June of 2014, Solorio celebrated its first graduating class. The school has 40 classrooms and serves 1084 students.
AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Solorio Academy High School to AUSL in 2010 as a training academy. Training Academies are neighborhood schools in which residents are trained. These schools are not turnarounds but were opened with the purpose of developing highly effective teachers for the challenging urban environment.
AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.
[En Español Abajo] “We are excited to announce that we have received a Level 1+ rating from Chicago Public Schools for the second year in a row! We are proud to be one of the select few community neighborhood high schools to be credited with the highest rating issued to schools. According to CPS, Level 1+ is defined as a “nationally competitive school with opportunity to share best practices with others.” It is typically attained at the high school level only by the district’s selective-enrollment high schools, according to CPS data.
I am so proud of all of the work that our students, parents, teachers, and staff have done to beat the odds and receive a Level 1+ school rating. Together, we defied the odds and are delivering our community with an excellent educational choice that is second to none. Thank you for doing your part. We are doing it again this year but we are #doingitevenbetter.” -Principal Iturralde
“Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que hemos recibido una calificación de nivel 1+ de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago. Estamos orgullosos de ser una de las unicas secundarias comunitarias quienes recibieron la calificación más alta otorgada a las escuelas. De acuerdo con CPS, nivel 1+ se define como una “escuela competitivo a nivel nacional con la oportunidad de compartir las mejores prácticas con otros.” Por lo general esta designación solamente es lograda por secundarias selectivas, de acuerdo con datos de la...
Solorio has made the move to social media to better connect with our students, families, and community! We hope to use these platforms to showcase our wonderful students and staff and allow our families and community to know about important events and news throughout the school year. Please Like/Rate/Follow our Pages and share our news and highlights! (Click on any and all of the links to get started.)
Solorio ha tomado el paso para mejor conectarse con nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidad en las redes sociales! Esperamos utilizar estas plataformas para mostrar nuestros maravillosos estudiantes y el personal y también permitir que nuestras familias y la comunidad puedan saber sobre eventos y noticias importantes durante todo el año. Por favor, haga clic en Me Gusta/Evalúenos/Síganos en nuestras Páginas y Comparta nuestras noticias y distinciones! (Haga clic en todos y cada uno de los enlaces para empezar.)