Catalyst Maria, Chicago, IL

Catalyst Schools are rooted in an educational philosophy and pedagogy in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to teaching minds and touching hearts.  This mission aims to nurture well-rounded scholars with bright academic, professional, and personal futures that will become change agents for their communities and world.

We are committed to these cultural values that shape our identity and form our scholars:

  • We show profound reverence for each scholar as a unique person
  • We foster respectful relationships and build community
  • We have high expectations of ourselves and each other, hold ourselves accountable, and deliver high results
  • We treat each other the way we want to be treated
  • We promote justice and peace

We serve children living in communities challenged by the effects of discrimination and economic poverty. We understand that each of the communities in which we serve have incredible gifts and whose assets, culture, and heritage hold the promise of a great future. Catalyst helps unlock the gift that is within each child by addressing the whole child: academic, social-emotional, physical and psychological.

We value family because home is the context in which each child grows and develops. Parental involvement in the school is welcome, encouraged, and needed for a child to achieve full potential.

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