Catalyst Maria announces first round of 2014-2015 college acceptance!

As of December 9, 2014, Catalyst Maria senior scholars have received 30 college acceptance letters and have earned $742,900 in scholarships – and both of those numbers are only going up!  A huge shout out to our senior teachers, seminar teachers, admin, and counselors for the work you are doing to ensure 100% acceptance, but more importantly, informed college decisions, access to choice and financial assistance!  This is truly a team effort to create the best opportunities for Catalyst Maria scholars.  We will continue to update – we are getting new acceptances daily!  Congratulations Catayst Maria scholars, families and staff!

Catalyst Maria High School Open House- December 10, 2014

Catalyst Maria High School will host an Open House for prospective students and their families this Wednesday, December 10, 2014. This event will be held from 1:45-3:30 PM.  A detailed schedule is below:

1:45-2:00       Teachers in auditorium lobby to greet potential families

  • Parents and scholars will sign in and review an enrollment application when they arrive
  • Snacks will be provided

2:00-2:30       Presentation in Auditorium

2:30-2:45       Scholar ambassadors speak on their experience at Catalyst Maria

2:45-3:30       Tours with Scholar Leaders


We hope that you will join us!

Ms. Fawaz selected as OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria!

Catalyst's Maria's Director of College Readiness and Assessment Ms. Sasha Fawaz was recently selected as the OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria! 

As a OneGoal Program Director, she will be a catalyst for student growth and achievement for the students in the high school at Catalyst Maria.

Great leaders like Ms. Fawaz are the heart of our work and the foundation of the OneGoal program model. As the nation’s only teacher-led college persistence organization, she will lead scholars to reach their full potential and graduate from college.

As it stands, only nine percent of CPS ninth graders are expected to graduate from college by age 25.  In stark contrast, 87 percent of OneGoal’s high school graduates have enrolled in college. Of those who enroll, 83 percent are persisting in college or have graduated with a college degree.

OneGoal has seen incredible school-wide impact as a result of our model. GPAs and ACT scores rise, with individual students, in classrooms and school-wide.  OneGoal will welcome Ms. Fawaz as part of a unique collaborative of talented educators who support each other, share best practices, and whose feedback enables us to continually improve upon our curriculum, program model and organization as a whole.   

Congratulations Ms. Fawaz and the Catalyst Maria team!

Catalyst featured TWICE in INCS Newsletter

 Catalyst Maria parent Myisha Shields was featured in the INCS Parent Leadership Network Spotlight, which provided a snapshot of her role as an advocate for Catalyst in numerous ways! Catalyst Howland Director of Community Outreach Mrs. Myers was also featured for her advocacy work for the Howland campus with Illinois State Rep. Art Turner! A link to both articles can be found here.

Catalyst Maria AMAZES with Quarter 1 Progress Report Pick-Up Percentage!

All Catalyst campuses reported high family attendance at last week’s 1st Quarter Progress Report Pick-Up, an awesome development supporting Mission Effectiveness Standard #4- Engages The Entire Family.  This standard states “A Catalyst School involves the entire family in the education of a child and provides opportunity for the growth and participation of all immediate family members.”  The campus that reported the highest percentage of family attendance was Maria, with 99% of families in attendance! Congratulations Maria and thank you to all campuses for your efforts around this important piece of our school communities and mission! 

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