Catalyst Schools FY17 Board of Directors' Meetings

The Catalyst Schools' Board of Directors will meet at the following dates and times for the FY16 year.  In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, these meetings are posted to the network's website and offices. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.

*September 19, 2016- Catalyst Circle Rock- 2:00-6:00 

*November 21, 2016- Catalyst Circle Rock- 3:00-5:30

*February 27, 2017- Catalyst Maria- 3:00-5:30

*May 22, 2017- Catalyst  Circle Rock- 3:00-5:30

Catalyst Schools Closed- July 2 and July 3, 2015

Catalyst Circle Rock, Catalyst Maria, and Catalyst Schools'  Administrative Offices will be closed Thursday July 2-Friday July 3, 2015 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Our team will return all inquiries upon return Monday July 6, 2015.  Have a great 4th of July! 

Catalyst Board of Directors' Meeting- 6/22/15 Agenda

Catalyst Board of Directors' Meeting will be Monday June 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Catalyst-Maria, 6727 S. California Ave., Chicago, IL, 60629. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public. The agenda for this meeting is displayed below:


Welcome and mission moment

*Review and approval of April 27, 2015 2015 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Introduction of Steve D’Souza and nomination to the Board for a three year term

*Academic Committee

  • Update on high school  
  • Update on charter renewal for Catalyst Circle Rock

*Development Committee

  • End of FY15
  • Strategy into FY16
  • Auditorium Initiative
    • Leadership Team
    • Potential Strategies

*Finance Committee

  • FY15 YTD
  • FY16 Budget


Catalyst Maria Receives Leader in Me Grant

Catalyst Maria has been awarded a national Leader in Me grant to support the school's journey to become a Lighthouse school! This grant will support the Leader in Me program which honors and develops scholar, staff and school community leaders!

This achievement was the result of the efforts of the entire school community to embed the "Leader and Me" principles into their daily habits.

Catalyst Maria adds this accomplishment to receiving AdvancED accreditation and joining the Schools That Can national network in 2015! Congratulations to the Catalyst Maria team!

Leader in Me

Austin Dream Project Highlighted by Local Media

Wednesday Journal Publisher/Editor Dan Haley attended and wrote about the recent Austin Dream Project event in his weekly column, and the article can be view by accessing this link:  

 "First the music, now the stage" 

"The Catalyst orchestra played three pieces with verve and great musicality.  Certainly at the top of any grade school orchestra I've ever heard."

-Dan Haley, Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest

The Austin Dream Project is an ambitious campaign aimed at creating a unique auditorium space in Austin (pictured in an architectural rendering below).   

There are various avenues to support this unique opportunity, including connecting personal/professional networks to this endeavor or making a financial pledge to the project.

For more information on how you can support, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (773) 295-7001.

Auditorium Picture 2


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.