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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Catalyst Maria Charter School is a public, charter school located in Chicago, IL. It has 1,095 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 11% of students are at least proficient in math and 16% in reading.

Catalyst Maria Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
16%
Percent Proficient - Math
11%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
970
180 responses
Average ACT
18
141 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$36,794
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$937
National
$949
Median Home Value
$137,852
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
64%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 70 responses
  • Pep Rally
    23%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • College Colloquium
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Christmas Chant
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,095
Free or Reduced Lunch
93%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
20%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,409/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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My experience at Catalyst maria has been wonderful, ever since I started in freshmen year. With the love and support from the staff and admiration give to the student. Always being on top of their work and giving us support to keep moving forward, to always work hard. With my school being very small everyone gets to know each one another, having very high school spirit, respect for one another, additionally the skills which I have learned will help forward my success onto the real world. Never would I have expected a school to have as much impact on my self. Catalyst has been everything I ever would have wanted but impertinently what i have needed. Lastly I truly believe that I have grown significant due to my schools staff and extraordinary teachers, never in my life would I have expected to have grown this much, thank you catalyst for your immeasurable support.
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My experience as a student at Catalyst Maria Charter school is terrific. I say that because every teacher and staff treat me with respect and care about education as well. The thing I like about Catalyst Maria Charter School is the activity that the school plan. For example, the science fair. Every year the school hosts a science for students that want to do a science project. Also, the school hosts a talent show every year for students who wish to show their talent. One thing I would like to see change is to have more after school programs. I say that because most students have to stay at school because their parents probably work late. So having more after school programs would keep that student engage in that activity.
My experience with Catalyst was very different. Going into High School I was not mentally nor physically prepared. But, as a incoming freshman things weren’t that different from elementary. As years went on I could see the profession of myself as a student, a individual, and role model. Catalyst might not be the best school with high technology, amazing updated features, but it’s a place where teachers/ students come to learn and build a bond that they’ll cherish forever.