Three CMHS scholars achieve Illinois State Scholar Award!

Three Catalyst Maria High School Seniors-Andrea V., Crystal R., and Emiliano C. achieved the Illinois State Scholar Award this week! The State Scholar Program identifies graduating high school seniors who possess superior academic potential. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program, and State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois. The combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be honored as a State Scholar in Illinois is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record- we are so proud of Andrea, Crystal and Emiliano!

Catalyst Maria receives full five-year charter renewal!

Through the incredible work of innumerable staff members, scholars, families, community partners, the Sisters of St. Casimir, and more, Catalyst Maria received a five-year renewal (the full, longest term currently awarded) to the Chicago Board of Education!  Many, many thanks to all that have contributed to this school community in any way, and we look forward to serving our 1,100 Kindergarten-12th Grade scholars, their families, and the Chicago Lawn community for many years to come!

Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 11/21/16

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their second scheduled meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on November 21, 2016. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, located at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644 and will be from 3:00-5:30 PM.

All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  The agenda for this meeting is below:

*Welcome and mission moment

*Review and vote for approval of September 19, 2016 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Update on Board membership status

  • Vote on initial term for Yuan-Ying Hsu to Catalyst Schools’ Board of Directors
  • Vote on renewal of term for Bethany Sandon on Catalyst Schools’ Board of Directors
  • SY2015-2016 SQRP scores review
  • Progress report on Catalyst Maria ES, Catalyst Maria HS and Catalyst Circle Rock’s strategic plans

*Academic Committee

*Development Committee

  • Education Celebration 2016 update

*Finance Committee

  • FY17 YTD update

*Update on Catalyst Circle Rock facility discussions

*CEO annual review


Please support CCR's We Rock service learning group!

Please support the Catalyst Circle Rock service learning group We Rock! in a contest to win a trip to the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. in January! CCR scholars have been doing great service learning projects to make their community and world a better place, and this trip would be a great opportunity for the We Rock! group. By clicking on the link here, you can vote for Circle Rock every day until November 15th (Catalyst Circle Rock's zip code is 60644). Please vote and share this link with anyone you know- thank you for your support!  


You are invited to the Catalyst Education Celebration 2016!

Annual Event Invitation 2016


Please join Catalyst Schools as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Catalyst Circle Rock and its status as a Level 1 school and the 5th year anniversary of Catalyst Maria and its status as a Level 1+ school (the highest rating possible)!

On December 1, 2016 we will bring together Catalyst partners, staff, and friends at the Garfield Park Conservatory for an evening of food, drink, and festivities. Please join us to celebrate these momentous achievements and our mission of teaching minds and touching hearts for over 1,600 incredible Kindergarten-12th Grade scholars!

 Tickets can be purchased here and sponsorship information is available here.

Please contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have, and we hope you will join us on December 1! 


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.