Family & Community Involvement
The Catalyst Schools seek to become an anchor as well as a change agent in the neighborhood. Each school invites families and community partners to get involved with the school through hosting programs, teaching classes, or volunteering as tutors and mentors. Catalyst builds bridges with neighborhood residents and collaborates with other agencies and institutions that provide services to the community and to the school.
At the Catalyst Schools, we recognize that a child’s success is not simply sculpted in the classroom. Family and community, too, are critical contributors to a child’s development. With this in mind, Catalyst has an open-door policy for parents, a reflection of our commitment to involving families in their child’s education. We encourage parents and guardians to attend parent-teacher conferences every three weeks and we offer parent workshops, themed family nights, and full-scale family celebrations throughout the year. In addition, our new parent leadership group teams up with school officials to foster increased parent involvement within the Catalyst walls.
At the Catalyst Schools, we strive to be integral members of the communities we serve. We reach out to neighborhood organizations and businesses, and in return those organizations and businesses reach out to us. Together, we provide a network of support and opportunity for our students. Our partnerships with our neighbors — neighbors from our immediate communities and those from other areas of Chicagoland — allow us to guide our students to new horizons. Whether lending us meeting space or participating in our vibrant Renaissance Enrichment Programs, our partners are vital to our students’ success. To learn more visit our Circle Rock Charter partners page, our Howland Charter partners page or our Catalyst Maria partners page.