21stCenturyLearners

Catalyst honored to be Invest For Kids grantee!

We are honored to announce that Catalyst has been selected by Invest For Kids to receive a significant grant to enhance our instructional support as our scholars return to full on-site learning during the 2021-2022 school year.

Invest For Kids' mission is "to support highly effective not-for profit organizations that serve Chicago area youth from disadvantaged communities." We are honored to be selected as a partner and recipient of this generous support, and will use this funding to directly enhance programming and initiatives focused on scholars' academic and social-emotional development.

To learn more about Invest For Kids please visit their website by clicking on the linked logo below.  Many, many thanks to Invest For Kids and we look forward to an exceptional start to the 2021-2022 school year on August 30, 2021!

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School-based vaccination sites for students and families

Hello Catalyst families!

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well!

All individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage scholars to become vaccinated as soon as possible, as those that are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive/potential COVID-19 case.

In partnership with CDPH and other approved healthcare providers, CPS has three vaccination sites to specifically support our students and families.The following vaccination sites will be available:

  • Tuesdays: 9am to 1pm at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, located at 2100 E. 87th St. in Chicago’s Avalon Park neighborhood. 
  • Wednesdays: 9am to 1pm at Theodore Roosevelt High School, located at 3436 W. Wilson Ave. in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.
  • Thursdays: 9am to 1pm at Michele Clark High School, located at 5101 W. Harrison St. in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.  

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit cps.edu/vaccinations. Appointments are available, but walk-ins will also be welcome. The vaccine is FREE, and no proof of health insurance or citizenship is needed. A parent or guardian is required to be present during COVID-19 vaccination for anyone under 18.

All Catalyst scholars eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Hello Catalyst families!

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well!

All individuals 5 and older are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage scholars to become vaccinated as soon as possible.  Scholars that are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive/potential COVID-19 case and do not develop symptoms.

The vaccine is FREE, and no proof of health insurance or citizenship is needed. A parent or guardian is required to be present during COVID-19 vaccination for anyone under 18. Catalyst will offer vaccinations on-site in the coming weeks, but we have included resources in obtaining a vaccine below as well: 

    • You can contact your health care provider- the clinic, health center, or hospital where you receive health services
    • More information on receiving a vaccination in Chicago can be accessed through this link.
    • CPS is offering vaccinations in several locations that Catalyst students may receive their vaccine at- more information is linked here.
    • CDC Vaccine Finder: vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you
    • Several stores are currently offering COVID-19 vaccines, and each has its own registration link:
      • Walgreens appointments can be made through this link.  
      • Jewel-Osco appointments can be made through this link.
      • Walmart appointments can be made through this link.
      • Mariano’s appointments can be made through this link
      • CVS appointments can be made through this link.

Catalyst Schools 2021-2022 Transportation, STLS and FERPA Policies

Hello Catalyst families! 

We hope that you are doing well! Please find the Catalyst Schools' 2021-2022 policies for Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS), Transportation, and PII/FERPA below. Copies are also available in the Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Main Offices and Family Engagement Rooms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Catalyst Circle Rock, Catalyst Maria or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you and we look forward to a terrific 2021-2022 school year!

Transportation Policy 2021-2022

Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS) Policy 

PII and FERPA 2021-2021 

Vaccination Opportunities July 2021

Dear Catalyst families,

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well.  All individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The last day to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school (August 30, 2021) is Monday July 26, 2021, although we encourage scholars to become vaccinated as soon as possible.  Those that are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive/potential COVID-19 case, and below are resources for Catalyst families to become vaccinated:

  • You can contact your health care provider- the clinic, health center, or hospital where you receive health services.
  • For Chicago residents- Zocdoc - https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine or use their call center at 312-746-4835.
  • Federal, State, and County-operated clinics:
  • Several stores are currently offering COVID-19 vaccines, and each has its own registration link:
    • Walgreens appointments can be made through this link.  
    • Jewel-Osco appointments can be made through this link.
    • Walmart appointments can be made through this link.
    • Mariano’s appointments can be made through this link
    • CVS appointments can be made through this link.

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.