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Community Partners

Partnerships are critical to our understanding of holistically educating children. From the arts-based organizations who participate in the Renaissance Enrichment Program to our neighbors who share their facilities, our partners are vital members of the Catalyst family.

Primary Campus Partners

Ravinia

Ravinia teams with Catalyst as part of the Renaissance Enrichment Program to give students a productive musical outlet. Students compose original songs, make and play instruments, and learn to use their feelings, hopes, and dreams as artistic inspiration.  In October 2012, Ravinia's Women's Board began its sponsorship of the Circle Rockets orchestra at Catalyst Circle Rock.  Currently nearly 90 students are members of the largest elementary school African-American symphony orchestra in the country.  Teaching is done according to the El Sistema model- when the orchestra was founded in 2012, it was one of four schools implementing this approach nationwide!

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Circle Urban Ministries

Catalyst works in close partnership with Circle Urban Ministries, a social service organization that has served the Austin community for over 40 years. Catalyst Circle Rock and Circle Urban Ministries share a building and regularly collaborate to offer a variety of resources to neighborhood families. While Catalyst provides neighborhood students with quality public education, Circle Urban Ministries offers wrap-around services that include after-school and mentoring programs.

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Primo Center

Working in concert toward one, important goal: to end the cycle of homelessness, one family at a time.

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Rock Church

Providing mentoring and support for neighborhood children and families.

 

Additional Campus Partners

Schools That Can

This national organization forms collaborative networks of high-performing inner-city schools to grow low-income families' access to quality schools nationwide.  Catalyst Circle Rock is a member school of this national organization.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)

Catalyst Cirlce Rock is a member of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

Austin Coming Together

Austin community leaders, including representatives from Catalyst, are laying the groundwork for community development in the Austin neighborhood through networks of Early Childhood, Youth, and Workforce Development agencies.

Black Star Project

This is a resource dedicated to parental involvement with the Parent University Initiative curriculum for educational and social enrichment.

Chicago Children’s Choir

Chicago Children’s Choir, a participant in the Renaissance Enrichment Program, works with scholars to explore the expressive qualities of music.

Towers of Excellence

Towers of Excellence Foundation was founded to provide at-risk youth with the necessary tools to navigate and succeed in their daily lives. Through quality mentorship, academic guidance, and valuable life experiences students will be equipped to face the challenges and joys of the world. 

Countdown to College

This college preparatory initiative is developed by Saint Mary's University, Minnesota.  Qualified students participate in a four summer program at the university that includes academic, sports, and recreation activities.  The program familiarizes students with college life and nurtures the desire for higher education and the belief that it is attainable.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Catalyst Circle Rock is honored to partner with this organization, from which volunteers provide one-to-one and small group tutoring for scholars during the school day!

May I Have This Dance? Ballroom Dancing

This is an ongoing workshop in ballroom dancing, in which scholars learn several dance styles including tango, salsa, and waltz !  Catalyst Circle Rock is a three-time a city-wide champion at the competition held annually at the Chicago Cultural Center!

All Chicago

All Chicago unites our community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of home.

River North Chicago Dance

This dance program teaches students Latin, Jazz, and African dances with an emphasis on improvisational movement.  The students will perform at the Ruth Page Theater.

Tumbling 4 Success

Tumbling 4 Success gives Catalyst scholars the chance to fall down — on purpose and to a positive end! The group offers an introduction to team and individual tumbling for all ages while incorporating collaboration, team work, and discipline.

Get Involved

To learn more about opportunities for parent, volunteer and community partnerships at Catalyst Circle Rock, please contact the school's Director of Community Outreach Sharon Morgan at 773-945-5025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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