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Early College Program

The Early College Program at Solorio allows each student the opportunity to gain college credits while in high school through dual credit/dual enrollment. Students can start taking college level classes as soon as their Junior Year. Students in the program range from pursing an entire Associates Degree to students just looking to take a few college courses to earn as many credits as possible before graduating high school tuition free. Our Early College Program partnership is through Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. 
Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements each semesters in order to begin and remain enrolled in the Early College program:
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum of 90% Attendance Rate
  • Meet college level readiness on the English and/or Math entrance exam(s)
    • Testing window for entrance exams will be in March and April
  • Have a SAT score of at least a 480 in English and 530 in Math
Testing Information
Testing will be offered at Solorio:
  • November 
  • December 
  • March
  • April
  • June
  • July
Students should come with their CPS ID's, and be prepared to sit for anywhere between 1-3 hours to complete testing depending on their own testing pace. 
There are two separate Early College entrance exams; Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS; Math) and Read to Write (RTW; English).
The ALEKS Math test has content from Algebra, Geometry, and more. ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system; It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassess the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. 
A great way to study for ALEKS is to get math tutoring, practice lessons on KHAN Academy, and do the actual ALEKS practice tests on the ALEKS website
In order to become college eligible, students must receive a score of at least a 46 on this test. 
RTW English 
The RTW tests students on their knowledge of reading, comprehension, and writing. The RTW test places students into the appropriate English course that will best promote academic success, and to determine eligibility for other courses new students can take their first semester at college. Students will need to read paragraphs, answer questions, and write 2-3 complete essays throughout the test. 
A great way to student and prepare for this exam is to use Achieve 3000 and get tutoring in English. Click here to learn more about the RTW exam. 
In order to become college eligible, students must receive a score of at least 6 on this test.