Next week- Catalyst Schools 2023-2024 Lotteries!

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at our dynamic and loving school commmunities! We are hopeful that you will be able to join our incredible scholars, staff and families at Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria! The first step in the application process is to apply at this link:


The Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria lotteries for the 2023-2024 school year will be on the dates and times below:

Catalyst Circle Rock Kindergarten-8th Grade

5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644

Main Office– March 29, 2023 at 9:00 am

Catalyst Maria Kindergarten-8th Grade; 10th-12th grades

6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL, 60629

Auditorium Stage – March 28, 2023 at 9:00 am

The Catalyst lotteries are open to the public and will be monitored by an independent auditor. The deadline for inclusion in the Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria 2023-2024 lotteries is March 26, 2023.

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.

The Catalyst Schools' lottery policy is locatedhere.

Applications can be completed online through the link below or at either Catalyst campus. 


Choose Your Future – Catalyst Maria Post-Secondary Career Fair

Catalyst Maria seniors and juniors recently attended the annual Post-Secondary Career Fair. This year there were over 30 different careers presented to scholars, including three by alumni representing their careers and organizations. Thank you to Mrs. Comiskey for organizing this event and to everyone that presented their careers!

Career 2023 2


Women's History Month 2023

In honor of Women’s History Month throughout March, the Catalyst community promotes the study and celebration of women past, present and future!  

Womens History Month

Catalyst Circle Rock team members presented MTE Educator Awards!

Catalyst Circle Rock Principal Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn and Middle School ELA Teacher & Department Chair Morgan Burrel were recipients of the 2023 Millen Twins Educator Awards! The MTE Awards were established by Kristle & Kerese Millen in 2019, and they acknowledge individuals for their time and dedication in their schools and communities. Principal Jamison-Dunn and Ms. Burrel were honored at a ceremony where they were supported by several team members from CCR and Catalyst Maria (pictured below)! Congratulations Principal Jamison-Dunn and Ms. Burrel- we are inspired by all that you bring to innumerable lives at Catalyst!


Catalyst Board of Directors March 3, 2023 Meeting Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors will hold a meeting March 6, 2023 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The agenda and meeting information are below. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public, with a public comment portion during the time below.



Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

5608 W. Washington Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois 60644


*3:00-3:10 Welcome: Larry Williams, Chair and Gordon Hannon, CEO

  • Review of agenda
  • Review and vote for approval of December 8, 2022 Board of Directors meeting minutes; March 1, 2023 Parent, Family, Community Committee meeting minutes; March 1, 2023 Academic Committee meeting minutes; March 3, 2023 Finance Committee meeting minutes
  • Vote to approve Catalyst Maria parent Mitze Moore for three- year initial Board term

*3:10-3:20 - Public comment (limited to 2 minutes per speaker)

*3:20-3:30- Finance and Strategic Issues Committee: Ying-Yuan Hsu

  • FY23 update

*3:30-4:00- Academic Committee: Dr. Catherine Burns

  • Update on school academic progress against internal and CPS metrics
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria ISS/OSS suspension data and IEP completion rates

*4:00-4:15- Parent and Community Collaboration Committee:

  • Update of how Catalyst Schools engages and impacts the Chicago Lawn, Austin, and wider Chicago communities in which our two campuses are embedded


  • What Lasallian legacy means for Catalyst communities



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.