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Our Vision

Solorio Academy creates a supportive, experience-rich learning community where students become the scholars, advocates, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.

Our Mission

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.

Solorio’s Habits of Mind

To help our students prepare for the 21st Century, we believe in shaping their minds with how to think, not necessarily what to think. At Solorio, all of our teachers and students learn our Habits of Mind that help our students succeed in a world with STEM.


Our Namesake

Solorio Academy High School is named in honor of Eric Solorio (1979-2006), a former member of the Chicago Police Department’s elite anti-gang 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.

Our History

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 2014, Solorio celebrated its first graduating class. The school has 40 classrooms and serves 1,185

A Culture Of


One of the things that sets Solorio apart from other schools is the way our teachers collaborate and share their expertise with one another. They are constantly discussing their instructional practices, looking for ways to improve and incorporate the latest research and best practices into their lessons to ensure the success of every student.