Winter Break 2017-2018

Catalyst Schools will be closed to scholars and staff for Winter Break from December 25, 2017- January 5, 2018.

Scholars will begin Winter Break on Friday December 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Scholars will return TUESDAY January 9, 2018.

Staff will return Monday January 8, 2018 for Professional Development.

Have a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to an incredible year in 2018!


Catalyst Schools Water Testing Results 2017

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria water testing produced “lead-free” results, with none of the faucets or fountains in either building having a reading near the EPA threshold of 16 ppb. The physical reports from these tests are kept at both buildings and are available for inspection as requested.

Sistema Ravinia Orchestra Concert- 12/7/17

Sistema Ravinia Invites You

Please join us for a Hard Hat Concert headlined by Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman, Lyric Soprano Michelle Areyzaga, and the Sistema Ravinia scholar orchestra. This concert is a benefit to restore Catalyst Circle Rock's 1,000 seat auditorium. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm

Catalyst Circle Rock

5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644  

Secured parking and a reception will be provided for our guests.  

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support and we hope you will join us on December 7! 

Thanksgiving Break 2017

Catalyst is incredibly thankful for the commitment that all members of the Catalyst community dedicate to our mission of teaching minds and touching hearts! In observance of Thanksgiving, Catalyst Schools will be closed to scholars and staff Wednesday, November 22 through Friday November 24, 2017.

We hope that you are able to rest, relax and rejuvenate with family and friends over the Thanksgiving break!   


Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 11.20.17

The Catalyst Board of Directors will hold their second meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on November 20, 2017. The agenda is below and all Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

Catalyst Schools- Board of Directors Meeting

November 20, 2017 3:00-5:30 pm 


Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

5608 W. Washington Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois 60644


*Welcome and mission moment

*Review and vote for approval of September 18, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Board review and vote of Terry Toth for a three-year renewal term for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Bethany Hostetler for a three-year renewal term for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Academic Committee

  • SY2016-2017 SQRP scores review and next steps by school teams

*Development Committee

  • 2017 Education Celebration summary
  • YTD on FY18 fundraising goal
  • December 7, 2017 auditorium event overview

*Finance Committee

  • FY17 audit review
  • FY18 PCTC funding update
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock auditorium project

*Board review and vote on proposal of Catalyst Circle Rock auditorium project financing


Support Catalyst    

Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.