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Catalyst Maria Admissions

Thank you for your interest in attending Catalyst Maria Charter School.  Our values-based, college-preparatory school nurtures academic, social, and emotional growth in Chicago students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. We are enthusiastic about your interest and we invite you to contact us at any point with questions or comments.

*Catalyst is a public charter school open to all Chicago students.  We serve all students no matter what their race, ethnicity, ancestry, country of origin, language spoken, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, academic ability or need for special educations services.  We believe all children can learn and we take an individualized approach to each student’s development.*

For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, Catalyst enrolls K-8 and 10-12 grades through Apply Now.  9th Grade is enrolled through the link here.

Applications are still accepted after the lottery, and scholars will either begin the enrollment process if a seat at the desired grade level is available or will be added to the waiting list for the desired grade.

Catalyst Maria gives siblings preference in the enrollment process- an eligible sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister of a student currently enrolled at Catalyst Maria. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings.

Due to the mandatory school closures for all Illinois schools through March 30, 2020, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-8 and 10-12 school lotteries for the 2020-2021 school year (scheduled for March 24, 2020 at Catalyst Maria) is RESCHEDULED to April 28, 2020 at noon. The deadline to be included in the 2020-2021 lottery is now April 24, 2020. Public access to view the lottery can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Catalyst Schools' lottery policy is located here.

The Catalyst Maria High School shadow days are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:30am-12:15 and can be scheduled using the form linked below:

Shadow Day Form

Points of Contact

Catalyst Maria Charter School
6727 S. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629
 
Naurice Olivera
Director of Recruitment
Phone: 773-993-1774
Fax: 773-993-1771
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Roxanne Ramirez
Manager of School Operations and Compliance
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Phone: 773-993-1770
Fax: 773-993-1771
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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.