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K-5, 9
Public charter
Chicago, IL

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6727 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629

(773) 945-5035
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September 04, 2014
I believe that the school is great. Some parents don't like structure or discipline. Kids don't go to school for fashion but to focus. I went there when it was a private school so the curriculum is great and also tuff. I believe that anyone finding some wrong with the school because students can't wear unnecessary accessories then transfer them to a public school and see the difference. The teachers really care and parents don't have wait until a teacher feels like being bothered to see a parent they meet with you when its convenient for the parent they work with you.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
There's barely any activities, there's no extra curricular classes, there's only basics and the mandatory classes that no one has use for. the rules are to strict yo the point where they don't make any sense. Catalyst is suppose to be about teaching the student. But how if the kids have no form of expression. It's nothing like a real school. It makes you desperate for any form of humor and you feel like every step you take in that building drains you.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
CATALYST MARIA CHARTER, AFTER GETTING THE RESULTS FROM MY DAUGHTER'S TEACHER, I AM REALLY AMAZED HOW WELL SHE HAS IMPROVED AND IS RANKING ON THE NWEA TESTING. SHE IS FINISHING UP 3RD GRADE....SCORES ARE AS FOLLOWS, RANKS AS A 5TH GRADER IN MATH, AN 8TH GRADER IN READING AND 10TH GRADER IN GENERAL SCIENCE. I LOVE THE FLEX GROUPS THEY HAVE DEVELOPED SO THE CHILDREN WHO ARE DOING BETTER THAN OTHERS STILL CAN GROW EDUCATIONALLY JUST AS THEY DO OFFER TUTORING FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN THOSE SAME SUBJECTS. THREE CHEER FOR THE TEACHERS AND STAFF FOR THIER GREAT PERFORMANCES.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
I wonder if colleges don't mind that a scholar has a detention on their record due to wearing the same accessories the staff is wearing. Staff can express themselves in anyway in this so called professional building yet the students can't. Having a uniform is great, however, in college, they do not care what color nail polish you wear or if a guy's hair is past their ear. A school should be a safe place for students. Especially for the elementary kids. There shouldn't be fights every week. If a child is sent to the nurse, they should be well took care of, not treated like another kid that just doesn't feel well. Teachers should actually try to stop or prevent a fight, not just stand there and watch. Then stop it after 10 minutes. Also, I'd like my child to attend a school where they have a voice. Even students who try to respectfully address certain aspects of the school are kicked to the side. Regardless if the answer is no, there's a professional way to handle things.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
Catalyst maria charter school. High school freshman. My son is very happy with his teachers, classes & other students. We thought about transferring him to what we thought would be a better school, but since he's happy here, we're just going to let him finish high school at Maria. We as parent's like everything about the school now. The teachers are easy to talk to. The principal is always available. The building and it's grounds feel safe. No chaos at drop off or during pick up. It's just a great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
IF YOU DON'T LIKE STRUCTURE AND DISIPLINE, CATALYST MARIA IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEND YOUR CHILD. CATALYST MARIA EVERY YEAR GIVES THE PARENTS AND SCHOLARS THE SCHOOL RULES AND CONSEQUENCES. THESE ARE DESIGNED TO SET STANDARDS. IF YOUR CHILD RECEIVES DEMERITS AND DETENTIONS. THEN YOU AND YOUR CHILD HAS A PROBLEM. IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO SUCCEED WITH A GREAT EDUCATION. THEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOUR SCHOLAR IS PREPARED, ON-TIME AND A READY TO LEARN. THE TEACHERS IMPLIMENT MANY TOOLS TO ENCOURAGE THE SCHOLARS TO READ MORE AND TO UNDERSTAND MATH. THE SCHOOL HAS VERY CARING TEACHERS AND STAFF. THEY ONLY WANT YOUR SCHOLAR TO SUCCEED. IF YOU DON'T LIKE STRUCTURE PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL, MY CHILD LOVES HER TEACHERS AND LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING HER CLASSMATES EVERY DAY JUST AS THEY ARE TO SEE HER. IN FACT SHE WAS UPSET THAT THE SCHOOL WAS CLOSED 2 DAYS FOR THE BAD WEATHER AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH. HAPPINESS IS HAVING A CHILD THAT LOVES TO GO TO SCHOOL. IF SHE HAD HER WAY THERE WOULD BE SCHOOL EVERY DAY. THANK YOU CATALYST MARIA FOR MAKING YOUR SCHOOL CHALLENGING SO OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT BORED OUT OF THIER MINDS.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
Catalyst Maria denies to inform me when my child is being in a different environment (As far as school rules go.) Each week it is something different with this school. I hear numerous complaints about how one thing is allowed one day and the next it isn't. Why can't we stick to solid rules? I really would prefer if my child had a stable day of school instead of worrying about if protocol is being followed, getting out of detention/suspension. Every day it's something. I do not believe my child should serve a 3 hour detention because this school happens to be the closest in which 1 long bus ride has to be taken. They are not always on time, they don't zoom down the streets for the sake of getting my child to school on time. I also constantly hear "If you don't like it, there's the door." What type of principal tells students/ parents that? Not only do I find that disrespectful but unjustified also. As I have said, this is the closest school to home. If I could, I would send my child to a different school. The level of disrespect is shocking. I won't say don't enroll your child, just understand EXACTLY what you're getting yourself into. Thanks for reading my opinion!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This school is the most racist school I ever know,it has so many irregularities starting for the lunch room,if you're a parent there ask your children every day what do they eat, and how teachers take the food they don't care if the children eat,they take the better foo,I never have seen this before that teachers eat first and children eat what's left.They have good teachers there's not doubt about it,but they don't have a good structure.There's no parent involvement either.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
STRONG TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP I LOVE IT! COLLEGE EXPLORATION PROGRAM IS VERY GOOD...WAY TO GO CATALYST! THE MARIA GIRLS ARE GREAT MENTORS TO HS STUDENTS FRM DAY ONE. SOME OF THE RULES ARE A BIT MUCH FOR THE STUDENTS HOWEVER, STRUCTURE IS ALWAYS BETTER. . MY DAUGHTER IS STILL ADJUSTING SO...IDK OR SHOULD I SAY THE JURY IS STILL OUT. I CAN'T GIVE THE SCHOOL A HIGH RATING RIGHT NOW BCUZ IT'S ONLY BEEN A MONTH. THE CURRICULUM IS ABOVE AVERAGE.

- submitted by a parent
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Catalyst Maria Charter School
6727 South California Avenue, Chicago, IL  60629
(773) 945-5035
Last modified Catalyst Maria Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5, 9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Catalyst Maria Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top