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Catalyst Maria Charter School

Charter | K-5, 9

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Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted December 13, 2013

This is not the school you would want to send your child to. Student at this school don't ever want to be there because of how the teacher are, but also because can't be who they are. They can't make their own choose. This is not the school you want your child to go to.


Posted 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


Posted 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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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students37%
Female33%
Male41%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income37%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners15%

Reading

All Students43%
Female47%
Male38%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income44%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners15%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students26%
Female32%
Male20%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income27%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female47%
Male20%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female72%
Male50%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income61%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students36%
Female39%
Male32%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income36%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female41%
Male36%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income39%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

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6727 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629
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