Catalyst Schools 2023-2024 Lottery Dates

Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at our dynamic and loving school commmunities! We are hopeful that you will be able to join our incredible scholars, staff and families at Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria! The first step in the application process is to apply at this link:


The Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria lotteries for the 2023-2024 school year will be on the dates and times below:

Catalyst Circle Rock Kindergarten-8th Grade

5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644

Main Office– March 29, 2023 at 9:00 am


Catalyst Maria Kindergarten-8th Grade; 10th-12th grades

6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL, 60629

Auditorium Stage – March 28, 2023 at 9:00 am

The Catalyst lotteries are open to the public and will be monitored by an independent auditor. The deadline for inclusion in the Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria 2019-2020 lotteries is March 27, 2023.

Catalyst is a public charter school open to all Chicago students.  We serve all students no matter what their race, ethnicity, ancestry, country of origin, language spoken, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, academic ability or need for special educations services.  We believe all children can learn and we take an individualized approach to each student’s development.

Applications can be completed online through the link below or at either Catalyst campus. 


All Catalyst scholars eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Hello Catalyst families!

We hope that you are safe, healthy and are doing well!

All individuals 5 and older are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage scholars to become vaccinated as soon as possible.  Scholars that are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive/potential COVID-19 case and do not develop symptoms.

The vaccine is FREE, and no proof of health insurance or citizenship is needed. A parent or guardian is required to be present during COVID-19 vaccination for anyone under 18. Catalyst will offer vaccinations on-site in the coming weeks, but we have included resources in obtaining a vaccine below as well: 

  • You can contact your health care provider- the clinic, health center, or hospital where you receive health services
  • More information on receiving a vaccination in Chicago can be accessed through this link.
  • CPS is offering vaccinations in several locations that Catalyst students may receive their vaccine at- more information is linked here.
  • CDC Vaccine Finder: vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you
  • Several stores are currently offering COVID-19 vaccines, and each has its own registration link:
    • Walgreens appointments can be made through this link.  
    • Jewel-Osco appointments can be made through this link.
    • Walmart appointments can be made through this link.
    • Mariano’s appointments can be made through this link
    • CVS appointments can be made through this link.

Catalyst Board of Directors' Finance Committee Meeting 10.29.2021

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Finance Committee will hold a meetings to review and approve the FY21 audit on October 29, 2021 at 10:00 am.

This meeting will be held by viceo conference- please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 773-295-7001 for conference call information. 

Symposium on Housing at Kehrein Center for the Arts at Catalyst Circle Rock

Last Saturday, the Kehrein Center for the Arts at Catalyst Circle Rock hosted and live-streamed a symposium focusing on the issue of housing in the Austin community.  The symposium examined the history of housing in Austin (including contract buying and redlining), the present situation, and looking toward the future with potential action steps.

Amber S. Hendley (pictured below at the KCA), presented her research that quantified the amount unjustly extracted from the Black community in Chicago through predatory residential contract selling and how this contributed to the current housing market today on the West Side. Included in this symposium was a discussion panel (pictured below) on the current impact of the housing market and building Black wealth through housing.  Check out an article on the event linked here.

Amber Hendley

Symposium 2021 Housing

Catalyst Maria HS scholars accepted in Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) mentoring program

Catalyst Maria High School Juniors Kaleb, Mildred and Jazmin have been accepted into Northrop Grumman’s High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) Mentoring Program! This is a 2-year program during which they will participate in monthly seminars on Northrop Grumman’s core capabilities, technology and business priorities, and help develop and enhance their critical workforce skills. At the conclusion of successful participation junior year, scholars will have the opportunity to apply for an internship for their senior year that will allow them to work on a specific project. This is a tremendous opportunity for Catalyst Maria scholars and we grateful to Catalyst Board member Steven D’Souza for his connection of Northrop Grumman and CMHS to this program!


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