Catalyst Board of Directors' Meeting 2/27/17 Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their third scheduled meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on February 27, 2017. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Maria Charter School, located at 6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60629 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 November 21, 2016 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Academic Committee

  • Progress report on Catalyst Maria ES, Catalyst Maria HS and Catalyst Circle Rock’s strategic plans

*Development Committee

  • FY17 YTD progress report
  • Annual event summary

*Finance Committee

  • FY17 YTD update

*Update on Catalyst Circle Rock facility discussions


Catalyst Maria Wolves CPS Green Champions!

Catalyst Maria Wolves Basketballl team won the CPS Green Conference, defeating Rickover Naval Academy 78-69 ! Congratulations to our scholars and Coach Ingram- GO WOLVES!!!

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Catalyst Schools Educator Open House 2/28/17

Catalyst is hiring passionate, dynamic educators for our elementary campuses and high school!  Catalyst provides our staff with collaborative, growth- and leadership-mindset communities driven by a mission of Teaching Minds and Touching Hearts

You are invited to the Catalyst Network Hiring Open House on February 28, 2017!  This event will be from 5:00-7:00 at Catalyst Network Offices, located at

6727 S. California, Chicago,  IL 60629.  If you have any questions on the event, please contact Dawn Sandoval at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Catalyst was designated as “Well Organized” (highest level possible) on the University of Chicago 5Essentials School Effectiveness Surveys in 2016.  Catalyst Circle Rock achieved Level 1status and Catalyst Maria’s Level 1+status in 2016, the highest two school ratings allocated by Chicago Public Schools! 

We believe there is no more decisive element in the embodiment of our mission than our team members. As such, Catalyst invests in high quality educators through extensive professional development, advanced degree opportunities and financial support and robust salaries and benefits. Through strong annual retention, the Catalyst team is comprised of veteran educators that embody our mission of Teaching Minds and Touching Hearts.



Catalyst Schools' Application Lotteries 2017-2018

Thank you for your interest in attending Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Charter Schools.  Our schools nurture academic, social, and emotional growth in Chicago students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. We invite you to contact us at any point with questions or comments about the application process.

*Catalyst is a public charter school open to all Chicago students.  We serve all students regardless of 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 deadline for applications to be included in Catalyst Maria Charter School's 2017-2018 lottery is Friday, February 10, 2017.  The Catalyst Maria lottery for Kindergarten-12th Grade is Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

The deadline for applications to be included in Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School's 2017-2018 lottery is Monday March 20, 2017.  The Catalyst Circle Rock lottery for Kindergarten-8th Grade is Friday March 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

The lotteries are held at each school and are open to the public. 

Applications are still accepted after the lottery, and scholars will either begin the enrollment process if a seat at the desired grade level is available or will be added to the waiting list for the desired grade.

Catalyst gives siblings preference in the enrollment process- an eligible sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household as a student currently enrolled at each respective campus (for example, for sibling preference at Circle Rock the sibling must already attend Catalyst Circle Rock). Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings.

The Catalyst applications are available at each school's ADMISSIONS section of the website and at each campus. We are hopeful your family will join the Catalyst communities in 2017-2018!

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!

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.