Join us for Austin Orchestrates at Catalyst Circle Rock 5/4/17!

On May 4, Catalyst Circle Rock will celebrate the kick-off of their partnership with Chicago Sinfonietta and Circle Urban Ministries for Austin Orchestrates. This year-long partnership will feature many community events featuring incredible music performances.  At the May 4 launch party there will be a performance by the Ravinia-sponsored Circle Rockets Orchestra and African drum and dance demonstrations! We hope that you will be able to join us at this event and the many exciting opportunities throughout the upcoming year! 

Austin Orchestrates

Catalyst Maria STEAM EXPO 2017

We invite you to join the Catalyst Maria school community on May 4, 2017 for STEAM EXPO 2017.  
This is an opportunity for Catalyst supporters to engage scholar exhibitions in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Catalyst Maria scholars in grades K-12 will be represented through a variety of interactive displays, art exhibits, and performances centered in creative and innovative thinking. 
The event will be from 3:30-8:00 PM at Catalyst Maria, 6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60629 on Thursday May 4, 2017.
Opening night of our musical production In the Heights is also a must-see at the STEAM EXPO 2017. The musical starring Catalyst scholars follows a family's strengthening pride and appreciation of community. Admission is $5 and $10 for families and performances will be:

Thursday 5/4/17- 6:00 PM

Friday 5/5/17 5:00 PM

Saturday 5/6/17 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM

For more information on STEAM EXPO 2017, please contact Sean Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please join us on May 4 to support our budding artists, creators, and innovators!

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Water Testing Results 2016-2017

The Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria 2016-2017 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.

Catalyst Circle Rock kindergarten scholar featured on national and local news for her leadership!

Catalyst Circle Rock Kindergarten scholar Armani C. was featured on both local and national news programs for her decision to feed the homeless rather than have a birthday party!  Armani’s awesome display of service and leadership is an inspiration for scholars, staff and our school communities! The image below of Armani is linked to an ABC news story that details Armani’s leadership!

Amari C


Catalyst featured in press release!

Catalyst was featured in a press release linked here, which details the network's real estate acquisition of its Catalyst Circle Rock building in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood! Many thanks to Waterton, our campus partners, and the many supporters who brought this dream to reality! 

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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.