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

Catalyst receives Level 1+ and Level 1 on SQRP!!

Catalyst is incredibly proud to announce that Catalyst Maria received a rating of Level 1+(the highest rating possible!) and Catalyst Circle Rock received a rating of Level 1 (an increase of 2 levels on a five level scale!) on the 2015-2016 SQRP!

These scores are the highest school ratings our network has received in a decade of operation, and we are incredibly grateful for the hard work our scholars, staff, parents, and school communities committed to achieve these scores!

To find out specific results, visit the Catalyst Circle Rock page here and the Catalyst Maria page here.

Congratulations to the school communities of Catalyst Circle Rock (celebrating its 10th year anniversary of operation!) and Catalyst Maria (celebrating its 5th year anniversary of operation!) on these epic achievements!

CCR fathers featured in Austin Weekly News

200 fathers at Catalyst Circle Rock were featured in this week's edition of the Austin Weekly News, highlighting the school's incredible Dads Take Your Father to School Initiative. The article is linked here. We are incredibly grateful for the efforts of our CCR fathers and the school community!

CCR Fathers 2016 AWN

Catalyst Circle Rock Fathers Greet Scholars

Each year Catalyst Circle Rock fathers greet scholars as they arrive at school as part of the national Dads Take Your Child To School initiative. Below is a picture of the event on Thursday, which links to the national initiative’s website. This was a truly inspiring event coordinated by Principal Ms. Jamsion-Dunn, Mrs. Myers, and many others on the CCR team!

CCR Fathers 2016 2

Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 9/19/16

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their first scheduled meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on September 19, 2016 meeting at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, located at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644. The meeting will be from 2:45-5:30 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 May 23, 2016 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Academic Committee

  • Catalyst Maria Charter Renewal update
  • SY2015-2016 preliminary SQRP scores review
  • Catalyst Principals and Director of Academics and Leadership strategic plan reviews

*Development Committee

  • FY17 initiatives and opportunities discussion

*Finance Committee

  • FY16 finance and compliance audit discussions
  • FY17 funding update and budget
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock facility discussions

*Board self-reflection and review

*Thank you to Amy Soudan for years of service


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