Catalyst Circle Rock kindergarten scholar featured on national and local news for her leadership!

Catalyst Circle Rock Kindergarten scholar Armani C. was featured on both local and national news programs for her decision to feed the homeless rather than have a birthday party!  Armani’s awesome display of service and leadership is an inspiration for scholars, staff and our school communities! The image below of Armani is linked to an ABC news story that details Armani’s leadership!

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Catalyst featured in press release!

Catalyst was featured in a press release linked here, which details the network's real estate acquisition of its Catalyst Circle Rock building in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood! Many thanks to Waterton, our campus partners, and the many supporters who brought this dream to reality! 

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.



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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.