Catalyst Schools

Kindergarten - 12th
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Overview

    Catalyst Schools holistically educate the young men and women entrusted to its care by a school community committed to teaching minds and touching hearts. We teach our scholars to live a life of leadership, meaning, and purpose, and to build a world that is just and peaceful.

    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.

    The Catalyst Schools are guided by a mission in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to “teaching minds and touching hearts.” Our teams collaborate to nurture well-rounded scholars with bright academic, professional, and personal futures that will become change agents for their communities and world. Catalyst staff participate in formal professional development programs, receive comprehensive benefits, and collaborate to create vibrant and dynamic environments for scholars, staff and families.

    Catalyst teachers are eligible for $3,000 for advanced degrees and certain ISBE certifications an in addition to their base salary.

    Numerous opportunities for bonuses and stipends

    Paid professional development opportunities

    10 paid personal and sick (PAS) days and 25 paid holiday days per

    school year

    Opportunities to reflect and develop one’s sense of personal vocation

    through staff retreats and Catalyst’s worldwide network of educators

    Tuition reimbursement for continuing studies

    Pay over 12 months

    Catalyst 403b retirement plan

    Exceptional medical, dental, vision, and additional health benefits

    Free professional financial planning advisors and employee assistance


    Early dismissal of students every Friday afternoon allowing for 2.5 hours of teacher collaboration time

    and professional development.

    10 full days of on-campus professional development per year.

    Discounts at select retailers and gyms

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    Kindergarten - 12th
  • Greater Chicago Area
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