You are invited to the Catalyst Education Celebration 2016!

Annual Event Invitation 2016


Please join Catalyst Schools as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Catalyst Circle Rock and its status as a Level 1 school and the 5th year anniversary of Catalyst Maria and its status as a Level 1+ school (the highest rating possible)!

On December 1, 2016 we will bring together Catalyst partners, staff, and friends at the Garfield Park Conservatory for an evening of food, drink, and festivities. Please join us to celebrate these momentous achievements and our mission of teaching minds and touching hearts for over 1,600 incredible Kindergarten-12th Grade scholars!

 Tickets can be purchased here and sponsorship information is available here.

Please contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have, and we hope you will join us on December 1! 


Catalyst Schools Asbestos Management Reporting

Per Administrative Code Title77:Public Health Chapter I, the following are are available for inspection by parents in the Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Facilities Offices. Please call the schools to make an appointment to view these items if desired:

  • Catalyst Schools Asbestos Management Plans
  • 6-Month Asbetos Surveys

Catalyst Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 14, 2016 Catalyst Maria culminated a month of events for Hispanic Heritage Month with a school assembly. Some of the highlights of the assembly were members of the school’s Dreamer Group describing ways to support undocumented scholars, and CMHS graduate Maria S. and Mr. Deam performing mariachi songs (pictured below):

Mr. Deam and Scholar

Catalyst Circle Rock welcomes State Rep. LaShawn Ford as Principal for a Day Program

Catalyst Circle Rock welcomed State Representative LaShawn Ford for the Illinois Principals Association Principal for a Day program! Representative Ford is pictured below with Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn as he welcomed scholars to campus on Tuesday. Catalyst is grateful for Rep. Ford’s support during the Principal for a Day program and his support for the school in various areas over the past several years!

LaShawn Ford Principal for a Day

Catalyst Schools OPEN October 11, 2016

Catalyst-Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will be OPEN Tuesday October 11, 2016 and every school day, with a full instructional team and a full instructional program. We will continue to provide a high quality, rigorous academic program with a focus on developing leadership and right relationships in our school communities.

Like everyone, we are hopeful that the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools come to a resolution very soon. Our focus remains squarely on our Catalyst scholars, families and our school communities and ensuring that they get an excellent education. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school teams at the contact information below. Thank you for your partnership in the education of Catalyst scholars and have a great weekend!


The team at Catalyst Schools

Catalyst Circle Rock- (773) 945-5025                                   Catalyst Maria- (773) 993-1770

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.