Please join us for the Circle Rockets’ spring concert May 18th

Sistema Ravinia

We invite you to join us for the Circle Rockets Orchestra's spring concert at Dominican University on May 18, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 PM. The Ravinia-sponsored orchestra features ~75 Catalyst Circle Rock scholars who practice ten hours after-school each week.  The Ravinia and Catalyst orchestra collaboration is celebrating five incredible years of partnership and hundreds of scholars impacted this year!

Please RSVP to Isaac Sinnett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope that you can join us on May 18 to support our remarkable scholars and this partnership!

UPDATED Last Day of 2016-2017 School Year

The last day of instruction for the 2016-2017 school year at Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will be Thursday June 15, 2017.  Dismissal for scholars still in attendance (some scholars may have graduated prior to this date) will be at 1:00 PM.  If you have any questions, please contact the school team at Catalyst Circle Rock (773-945-5025) or Catalyst Maria (773-993-1770). 

Join us for Austin Orchestrates at Catalyst Circle Rock 5/4/17!

On May 4, Catalyst Circle Rock will celebrate the kick-off of their partnership with Chicago Sinfonietta and Circle Urban Ministries for Austin Orchestrates. This year-long partnership will feature many community events featuring incredible music performances.  At the May 4 launch party there will be a performance by the Ravinia-sponsored Circle Rockets Orchestra and African drum and dance demonstrations! We hope that you will be able to join us at this event and the many exciting opportunities throughout the upcoming year! 

Austin Orchestrates

Catalyst Maria STEAM EXPO 2017

We invite you to join the Catalyst Maria school community on May 4, 2017 for STEAM EXPO 2017.  
This is an opportunity for Catalyst supporters to engage scholar exhibitions in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Catalyst Maria scholars in grades K-12 will be represented through a variety of interactive displays, art exhibits, and performances centered in creative and innovative thinking. 
The event will be from 3:30-8:00 PM at Catalyst Maria, 6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60629 on Thursday May 4, 2017.
Opening night of our musical production In the Heights is also a must-see at the STEAM EXPO 2017. The musical starring Catalyst scholars follows a family's strengthening pride and appreciation of community. Admission is $5 and $10 for families and performances will be:

Thursday 5/4/17- 6:00 PM

Friday 5/5/17 5:00 PM

Saturday 5/6/17 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM

For more information on STEAM EXPO 2017, please contact Sean Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please join us on May 4 to support our budding artists, creators, and innovators!

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Water Testing Results 2016-2017

The Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria 2016-2017 water testing produced “lead-free” results, with none of the faucets or fountains in either building having a reading near the EPA threshold of 16 ppb. The physical reports from these tests are kept at both buildings and are available for inspection as requested.

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