Leadership Day at Catalyst Circle Rock- 4.11.19

Catalyst Circle Rock’s annual Leadership Day will take place on April 11 from 9:00-12:00. We invite all Catalyst supporters to join us for this event, during which you will enjoy a scholar performance in our newly renovated auditorium, classroom visits, a leadership showcase, and a scholar/teacher panel! Participants will register here- we hope you can join us for a day to celebrate the leadership of our amazing scholars!

Kehrein Center for the Arts to hosts forum

On March 29, 2019 Catalyst Circle Rock and the new Kehrein Center for the Arts hosted a historic Chicago mayoral forum that was attended by ~450 members of the West Side.  The event was sponsored by the NAACP, Austin Coming Together, and co-hosted by Catalyst Schools, the Kehrein Center for the Arts, and a coalition of West Side organizations and leaders.  The event was attended by mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot as well as Alderman Chris Taliaferro, Willie Wilson, major television/print media, and hundreds of West Side residents who expressed their hopes for Chicago’s next mayor.

Lightfoot KCA Paint

Catalyst Maria Educator Open House 4.4.19

Catalyst is seeking passionate and dynamic educators to join our elementary and high school teams for the 2019-2020 school year.  On April 4, 2019 Catalyst Maria will provide interested educators with an overview of the Catalyst mission and educational philosophy as well as details on the unique programming provided at our schools from 5:30-7:00 pm. Driven by a mission of teaching minds and touching hearts, Catalyst offers educators a collaborative school community grounded in leadership and growth coupled with exceptional salary and benefit offerings.  To register for the April 4th event, please contact Catalyst Maria Executive Director Ms. Dawn Sandoval at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more our schools and apply online, please visit Join Our Team section on the Catalyst website.

Catalyst Maria Post-Secondary News February 2019

Dr. Frank Hribar, Vice President of Enrollment & Student Affairs at Adrian College, visited Catalyst Maria on Thursday to meet with the 9 scholars who applied for the Project Intersect scholarship. Four seniors were selected to receive 95% tuition scholarships, and Adrian College awarded $1,970,936 in scholarships to Catalyst seniors overall! The four winners of the 95% scholarships (pictured below with Dr. Hribar) are Chris A., Cyrus M., Clarence (CJ) W., and Joanna M.- CONGRATULATIONS to all of the scholars receiving scholarships and THANK YOU to Dr. Hribar and Adrian College!

Adrian winners 2019


Catalyst Maria is now a part of the Presidential Award for Excellence program! CMHS has 14 recipients in the first year (10 are pictured below) who achieved a cumulative unweighted GPA of a 3.5 or higher and met both English/Writing and Math benchmarks on the PSAT or SAT for their grade level. Congratulations to all scholars and the CMHS staff that propelled them to this achievement!


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